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Kansas City at Baltimore

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Orioles 6, Royals 5

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- Even when he struggled earlier this season, Corey Patterson remained confident in his ability.

His upbeat attitude and self-assuredness were apparently justified.

Patterson homered, had four RBI and scored the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, leading the Baltimore Orioles past the Kansas City Royals 6-5 Friday night.

Patterson hit a three-run homer in the second inning and drove in a run in the sixth with a groundout before leading off the eighth with a single against Elmer Dessens (2-3). He stole second as Kevin Millar struck out and went to third on a grounder before scoring on a single by rookie Brandon Fahey.

"You like him better every time you see him, don't you? I know I do," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said.

There was a time earlier this season when Perlozzo wondered if Patterson would ever be a significant contributor to the team.

Patterson was batting .067 on April 18 as a part-time player. At that point, it seemed the offseason trade that brought him to Baltimore from the Chicago Cubs would be a bust.

"Probably a little bit, but in fairness to him I didn't give him a shot. I didn't play him much," Perlozzo said.

Patterson is now a regular in the lineup, and over his last 16 games he's 20-for-58 (.345). His .288 batting average is only a small portion of how he has helped the Orioles -- Patterson has also played solid defense in center and has a team-high nine steals.

"At the beginning of this year, I went over a lot of different scenarios in my head. I told myself how I was going to respond and react to it, and sure enough it happened," he said, referring to his slow start. "But you don't worry about it, you don't dwell on it. My goal this year was to come in and be positive regardless of what the situation was."

Perlozzo never lost faith in Patterson, and his patience has paid off.

"I felt like his chance would come," the manager said. "Give credit to the kid. His mental attitude was never down."

Todd Williams (1-0) pitched two innings of one-hit relief and Chris Ray got three outs for his ninth save.

Ramon Hernandez had two hits and scored twice for the Orioles, who had lost six of seven and nine of 11.

Emil Brown homered and drove in two runs for the Royals, whose modest three-game winning streak ended. Kansas City is a major league-worst 2-15 on the road.

"People say you always have a little different feel when you're on the road. I never could buy into that," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "The game is pretty much the same regardless of where you play unless you're in Coors Field or something like that. I don't see why we should have a different feel."

Down 3-1, Kansas City got six hits in a four-run sixth. After Reggie Sanders singled and went to third on a double by Brown, Sendy Rleal replaced starter Erik Bedard and gave up an RBI single to Tony Graffanino.

Angel Berroa followed with a run-scoring single and John Buck hit into a double play before Justin Huber doubled in a run and scored on a single by Kerry Robinson.

Baltimore tied it at 5 in the bottom half. A walk and two singles loaded the bases against starter Runelvys Hernandez, and Patterson drove in a run with a grounder off Andrew Sisco before Millar hit a sacrifice fly.

"A four-pitch walk in the sixth," Bell lamented. "Nobody out, a four-pitch walk after we score four."

The Orioles put runners on the corners with one out in the seventh against Joel Peralta before Ramon Hernandez struck out and Jeff Conine hit a popup.

Kansas City wasted a leadoff double by Graffanino in the eighth when Angel Berroa failed to advance him with a bunt.

"Guys who are pretty good bunters just weren't able to do it tonight," Bell said.

Brown's homer gave the Royals a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Patterson hit his fourth home run in the bottom half, a shot over the right-field scoreboard that followed singles by Ramon Hernandez and Conine.

Notes

  • Orioles starters have gone eight straight games without a win.
  • Sanders had missed six consecutive games with a tight left hamstring.
  • Baltimore's Miguel Tejada was in a 3-for-33 skid before hitting a seventh-inning single.
 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

C. Patterson
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Kansas City

E. Brown
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Kansas City Royals
Esteban German, 3B4010013
   a- Doug Mientkiewicz, PH1000010
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4000013
Reggie Sanders, RF4110011
Emil Brown, LF4221010
Tony Graffanino, 1B2121200
Angel Berroa, SS4011002
John Buck, C3010113
Justin Huber, DH3111013
   b- Matt Stairs, PH-DH0000100
    Aaron Guiel, PR-DH0000000
Kerry Robinson, CF4021001
Totals3351154716 
a-struck out for German in the 9th
b-walked for Huber in the 9th
Batting
2B - Emil Brown (, Bedard), Tony Graffanino (, T. Williams), Justin Huber (, Rleal)
HR - Emil Brown (, Bedard)
RBI - Emil Brown (), Tony Graffanino (), Angel Berroa (), Justin Huber (), Kerry Robinson ()
2-OUT RBI - Justin Huber (), Kerry Robinson ()
CS - Tony Graffanino (, 2nd base by Bedard/Hernandez), Angel Berroa (, 2nd base by T. Williams/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Emil Brown 1
DP - Berroa-Grudzielanek-Graffanino, E. Brown-German
Kansas City Royals
Runelvys Hernandez 5955201
Andrew Sisco (BS,) 1000110
Joel Peralta 1200010
Elmer Dessens (L,-) 1211010
Pitches-Strikes - Runelvys Hernandez 86-46, Andrew Sisco 18-12, Joel Peralta 19-13, Elmer Dessens 14-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Runelvys Hernandez 7-6, Andrew Sisco 1-1, Joel Peralta 1-1, Elmer Dessens 1-1
Batters Faced - Runelvys Hernandez 24, Andrew Sisco 4, Joel Peralta 5, Elmer Dessens 5
Baltimore Orioles
Brandon Fahey, 2B5021013
Melvin Mora, 3B5010002
Miguel Tejada, SS4010001
Jay Gibbons, RF3110101
    Luis Terrero, LF0000000
Ramon Hernandez, C4220013
Jeff Conine, 1B4130002
Corey Patterson, CF3224100
Kevin Millar, DH3001010
Nick Markakis, LF-RF3010102
Totals3461363314 
Batting
2B - Jeff Conine (, Ru. Hernandez)
HR - Corey Patterson (, Ru. Hernandez)
SF - Kevin Millar ()
RBI - Brandon Fahey (), Corey Patterson 4 (), Kevin Millar ()
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Fahey ()
SB - Corey Patterson 2 (, 2nd base off Sisco/Buck, 2nd base off Dessens/Buck)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Mora-Fahey-Conine, Fahey-Tejada-Conine, Fahey-Conine
Baltimore Orioles
Erik Bedard 5633351
Sendy Rleal (BS,) 1422000
Todd Williams (W,-) 2100010
Chris Ray (S,) 1000110
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 101-63, Sendy Rleal 19-13, Todd Williams 25-18, Chris Ray 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 2-6, Sendy Rleal 1-1, Todd Williams 3-1, Chris Ray 1-0
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 22, Sendy Rleal 6, Todd Williams 6, Chris Ray 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30848
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Troy Fullwood, Third Base - Rob Drake