Kansas City at Arizona

Kansas City
W: J. Howell (1-0) L: B. Halsey (4-4)
HR: KC - J. Buck (5)   ARI - T. Clark (9), S. Green (7)

Royals 8, Diamondbacks 5

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

PHOENIX -- Emil Brown helped make J.P. Howell's first game in the big leagues one to remember.

Brown had three doubles among his career-high four hits for Kansas City and Howell won his major league debut to help the Royals to an 8-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.

"I guess it's pretty good," Brown said. "I don't think about it as being a huge thing, because we've still got a bunch of games. I'd like to get four hits again."

Howell (1-0) was impressive, allowing one run on four hits and two walks in five innings. His eight strikeouts tied the franchise club record for a first big league appearance, set by Paul Splittorff on Sept. 23, 1970.

"I was fidgety," the 22-year-old left-hander said. "You just try not to think. I tried to take a nap. That wasn't working. So I pretty much was just trying to relax and act like it's a normal game, like I'm pitching in college and the minor leagues."

The Royals had 18 hits -- 14 off Brad Halsey (4-4) in the worst start of his career -- to snap a two-game skid and improve to 3-2 on their road trip. John Buck had a two-run homer among his three hits.

Terrence Long, who drove in three runs, David DeJesus and Tony Graffanino also had three hits for Kansas City.

Brown scored on all of Long's RBI, drove in two and made a face-in-the-grass dive to catch Troy Glaus' sinking liner in right field to end the seventh inning.

"I was really concerned about the energy in tonight's game, and we played well," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "Brownie played great, offensively and defensively."

Arizona announced it was finishing the game under protest in the eighth inning, when Royals third baseman Mark Teahen turned a catch into a double play after falling on his fielding arm and dropping the ball. Teahen picked up the ball, tagged third then threw to second for the double play.

Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin argued that his runners were frozen because third-base umpire Greg Gibson signaled an out before the ball came loose, then made a safe motion.

"Once he throws his hand up, it freezes my runners, so that's what the protest is for," said Melvin, who acknowledged that Gibson's call was ultimately correct.

Howell left with a 4-0 lead after allowing singles to Glaus and Clark leading off the sixth. Andrew Sisco came on and got Green to hit into a double play while Glaus advanced to third. Then Jose Cruz Jr. hit a run-scoring single.

The Royals responded with three runs in the seventh -- two charged to Halsey after allowing a single to Brown and an RBI single to Long.

Halsey allowed 14 hits and six runs in six-plus innings.


The starting pitchers both went to the University of Texas and briefly roomed together. Howell helped the Longhorns to the 2004 College World Series final, and was 7-2 with their 2002 championship team. ... Glaus caught three liners in the first four innings, ending the second with a double play when he held onto a smash by Graffanino and threw to first to double up DeJesus. ... The Royals are 7-4 under manager Buddy Bell. ... Clark's homer, his ninth, was his career 200th. ... The Diamondbacks had had back-to-back homers three times this season, last on June 4 (Alex Cintron and Gonzalez) in Philadelphia.

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Kansas City

J. Buck
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H 3
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Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Charlie Reliford, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Greg Gibson