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BALTIMORE -- Now that they've got a winning streak to talk about, the Baltimore Orioles hope to parlay a lopsided victory over the Kansas City Royals into something far more significant.

Kris Benson allowed one run in seven innings, Ramon Hernandez and Javy Lopez both homered and drove in three runs, and the Orioles enjoyed an 11-1 rout Saturday.

Miguel Tejada and Melvin Mora also homered for the Orioles, who hadn't won two in a row since April 28-29. The victory, combined with Friday night's win, assured Baltimore its first series win in eight tries.

"This is the type of game that the team needs to get us going," Lopez said. "This is a time we need to get back on track and closer to the (first-place New York) Yankees."

Baltimore, which stayed 5 1/2 games behind the Yankees, simply overwhelmed the woeful Royals.

"Today, everything came together," Hernandez said. "We hit when we had to, pitched well and played good defense. Everything went right."

Tejada hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to put the Orioles up 5-1. Hernandez, Lopez and Mora connected in a six-run eighth against Chris Booker.

Hernandez started the eighth with a solo shot. Lopez, activated off the 15-day disabled list before the game, added a three-run drive and Mora homered with a man on. The last time the Orioles hit three home runs in an inning was exactly two years earlier, on May 13, 2004, at Chicago.

Lopez was delighted to be so productive on his first day back.

"That was a big relief for me. I'm glad it happened for me on the first day. That way I can get my confidence back," he said. "As you know, being back from the disabled list, the toughest day is the first day."

Benson (5-3) gave up four hits, struck out five and walked one. The right-hander was coming off a miserable performance in Boston, where he allowed nine runs in 4 1/3 innings.

"Kris had command of all his pitches. Fastball, slider, changeup, curve. He used all of them," said Hernandez, the starting catcher. "He was ahead in the count early, then made them chase his pitches."

Benson permitted only one runner past first base before Matt Stairs homered in the seventh.

"The tempo of the game was set by Kris. He pitched extremely well and allowed the offense to go to work," said Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo, who arrived at the ballpark about 20 minutes before the first pitch after attending the college graduation of his son.

"It was a good day all around," Perlozzo said.

Stairs and Mark Grudzielanek both had two hits, but the rest of the Royals offered little support for starter Mark Redman (0-3), who remained winless since July 24, when he beat Colorado as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"He was all right. He had some problems early again, in the first inning," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "But until the Tejada home run we were still in the game."

Kansas City fell to 2-16 on the road and 0-8 against the AL East.

"It's just two games. We played good baseball yesterday, unfortunately we didn't pitch well today and didn't swing the bats as well," Redman said. "But we should just put that behind us and come out tomorrow and end this series on a good note."

Baltimore went up 2-0 in the first inning on a two-out double by Hernandez.

Redman retired nine straight batters before the Orioles struck with two outs in fourth. Corey Patterson reached on a bunt before Lopez drew a walk. Luis Matos followed with an RBI single for a 3-0 lead.

In the fifth, Mora led off with a double before Tejada hit his 10th homer. Tejada entered the game batting .352, but was in a 4-for-35 slump before connecting.

"When you try to pitch inside you've got to get it in there," Redman said. "The first pitch was inside and the next one I tried to get it in on his hands, but I left it too much over the plate and I got burned by it."

Notes

To make room for Lopez on the 25-man roster, the Orioles designated OF Luis Terrero for assignment. ... Benson is the first Baltimore starter to earn a win in nine games. He was the last one to do it, on May 2 vs. Toronto. ... The Royals have homered in six straight games.

 
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Kansas City

M. Stairs
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Baltimore

M. Mora
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Kansas City Royals
Kerry Robinson, CF4000000 .286
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4020000 .311
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B3000111 .235
Reggie Sanders, RF3000013 .247
   a- Esteban German, PH0000100 .360
Matt Stairs, DH4121011 .229
Tony Graffanino, 3B3000021 .254
   b- Justin Huber, PH1000011 .286
Aaron Guiel, LF2000001 .200
Angel Berroa, SS3000022 .246
Paul Bako, C3000000 .162
Totals301412810 
a-walked for Sanders in the 9th
b-struck out for Graffanino in the 9th
Batting
HR - Matt Stairs (2, Benson)
RBI - Matt Stairs (7)
Team LOB - 5
Kansas City Royals
Mark Redman (L,0-3) 6.1655311 6.03
Chris Booker 1566303 54.00
Joel Peralta 0.2000110 2.77
WP - Mark Redman (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Redman 102-61, Chris Booker 43-23, Joel Peralta 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Redman 12-6, Chris Booker 2-1
Batters Faced - Mark Redman 28, Chris Booker 11, Joel Peralta 3
Baltimore Orioles
Brandon Fahey, 2B4210102 .293
Melvin Mora, 3B5232001 .304
Miguel Tejada, SS3212201 .351
    Ed Rogers, PR-SS0000000 .000
Jay Gibbons, RF5000014 .271
    Nick Markakis, RF0000000 .204
Ramon Hernandez, C4123100 .317
    Raul Chavez, C0000000 .100
Jeff Conine, 1B4110112 .255
Corey Patterson, CF3210102 .289
Javy Lopez, DH3113100 .225
Luis Matos, LF4011000 .130
Totals351111117212 
Batting
2B - Melvin Mora (12, Redman), Ramon Hernandez (7, Redman), Jeff Conine (6, Booker)
HR - Melvin Mora (7, Booker), Miguel Tejada (10, Redman), Ramon Hernandez (5, Booker), Javy Lopez (2, Booker)
RBI - Melvin Mora 2 (20), Miguel Tejada 2 (31), Ramon Hernandez 3 (23), Javy Lopez 3 (11), Luis Matos (3)
2-OUT RBI - Ramon Hernandez 2 (11), Luis Matos (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Fahey-Tejada-Conine
Baltimore Orioles
Kris Benson (W,5-3) 7411151 4.38
LaTroy Hawkins 1000000 4.96
Julio Manon 1000130 1.42
HBP - Guiel (by Kris Benson)
Pitches-Strikes - Kris Benson 110-68, LaTroy Hawkins 12-7, Julio Manon 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Benson 7-8, LaTroy Hawkins 1-2
Batters Faced - Kris Benson 26, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Julio Manon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33188
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Troy Fullwood, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Mike Everitt