Kansas City at Baltimore

Kansas City
W: J. Halama (2-1) L: A. Burgos (1-1)
HR: KC - None   BAL - M. Tejada (11)

Orioles walk away with comeback win, sweep of K.C.

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles issued 12 walks to fall behind, then benefited from three free passes in the ninth inning to win a game that was wild in virtually every sense of the word.

Pinch-hitter Kevin Millar capped a four-run ninth with a two-out RBI single, and the Orioles beat the Kansas City Royals 8-7 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Trailing 7-4, the Orioles rallied against Kansas City closer Ambiorix Burgos (1-1), who began the inning by walking the bases loaded. Jeff Conine followed with a sacrifice fly, and after Corey Patterson struck out, Javy Lopez and Nick Markakis hit run-scoring singles to tie it.

Jimmy Gobble replaced Burgos, and Millar blooped a 3-2 pitch to right to score Lopez on a close play at the plate to complete the 3 hour, 54-minute marathon.

"The walks always end up haunting you," Conine said, "and luckily we haunted them last."

John Halama (2-1) worked the ninth for the Orioles, who earned their first sweep of the season. It was their first home sweep of a three-game series against Kansas City since 1999.

"A win is a win. We'll take it," Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said. "They might be ugly, but you'll take every win you can get."

Especially in this unexpected fashion. The Orioles were 1-19 when trailing after eight innings; the Royals were 9-0 when ahead after eight.

"We find all kinds of ways (to lose)," Kansas City manager Buddy Bell said. "I can't explain it."

Baltimore ended up taking advantage of walks, as did the Royals earlier in the game. The 12 walks were the most Kansas City received since drawing 12 at Seattle on June 12, 1995.

Angel Berroa had three hits and drove in a run for Kansas City, which fell to 2-17 on the road and 0-9 against the AL East.

"I don't really have all that much to say about it," Bell said. "Burgy usually comes in and throws strikes. It's unexplainable. It's a tough loss."

Miguel Tejada went 3-for-4 with a homer, and Lopez also had three hits for Baltimore.

With the score tied 4-all in the eighth, Mark Grudzielanek hit an RBI single and Doug Mientkiewicz followed with a run-scoring groundout.

Berroa added an RBI single in the ninth, but the lead wouldn't last, thanks to Burgos' lack of control.

"Their pitcher didn't have the best day and we kind of took advantage of it by being patient," Lopez said.

Even though Millar didn't draw a walk, he worked the count full before delivering.

"He's played in the World Series and everything else. If there is somebody you want up there, he's the guy," Perlozzo said. "He laid off some pitches, he was real patient. He took what he gave him and got the job done for us."

Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera struggled with his control before leaving with tightness in his right shoulder after taking the mound to start the fifth. The right-hander allowed two runs, two hits and seven walks. His first seven pitches missed the strike zone, and half of his 90 pitches were balls.

Cabrera, who will undergo an MRI on Monday, has issued 39 walks in 41 1/3 innings this season. He didn't blame his wildness Sunday on his aching shoulder.

"No, because I walk people all the time. I'm tired of hearing it all the time," Cabrera said. "Walks, walks. I walk people all the time. That's nothing different to me."

Kansas City starter Denny Bautista also was yanked after four innings. The former Oriole gave up three runs, six hits, a walk and hit a batter.

Trailing 3-2, the Royals pulled even in the sixth against Julio Manon. Tony Graffanino walked, stole second and scored on a two-out single by John Buck.

Kansas City took the lead in the seventh when Todd Williams walked Aaron Guiel to force in an unearned run after Tejada dropped a toss from second baseman Brandon Fahey on a potential double-play grounder.

Tejada made amends in the bottom half, tying it at 4 with his 11th homer -- the second in two games.


  • The Orioles don't expect to activate 2B Brian Roberts (groin) from the disabled list until Friday. He is eligible to return Monday.
  • Kansas City enjoyed its seventh straight errorless game, but failed to hit a homer for the first time in seven games.
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Javy Lopez is hugged by Melvin Mora as the Orioles celebrate their rally and a sweep of K.C.  (AP)
Javy Lopez is hugged by Melvin Mora as the Orioles celebrate their rally and a sweep of K.C. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Tejada
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
Kansas City

A. Berroa
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Kerry Robinson, CF5211111 .278
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4011204 .309
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B4101112 .226
Matt Stairs, DH1001300 .224
Emil Brown, LF5000015 .221
Aaron Guiel, RF2211300 .222
Tony Graffanino, 3B2110201 .262
Angel Berroa, SS5031012 .260
John Buck, C4011015 .257
    Esteban German, PR0100000 .360
    Paul Bako, C1010000 .184
2B - Aaron Guiel (2, Halama)
SF - Matt Stairs (1)
SH - Tony Graffanino (1)
RBI - Kerry Robinson (5), Mark Grudzielanek (6), Doug Mientkiewicz (10), Matt Stairs (8), Aaron Guiel (5), Angel Berroa (11), John Buck (11)
2-OUT RBI - John Buck (5)
SB - Tony Graffanino (1, 2nd base off Manon/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 13
PB - John Buck (3)
Kansas City Royals
Denny Bautista 4632110 4.50
Mike Wood 2.2511001 2.84
Andrew Sisco 1100030 6.60
Elmer Dessens (H,6) 0.1000010 3.20
Ambiorix Burgos (BS,3; L,1-1) 0.2244310 5.29
Jimmy Gobble0100000 5.19
HBP - Mora (by Denny Bautista)
WP - Denny Bautista (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Denny Bautista 80-47, Mike Wood 59-34, Andrew Sisco 15-11, Elmer Dessens 6-5, Ambiorix Burgos 29-11, Jimmy Gobble 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Denny Bautista 9-2, Mike Wood 2-6
Batters Faced - Denny Bautista 20, Mike Wood 13, Andrew Sisco 4, Elmer Dessens 1, Ambiorix Burgos 7, Jimmy Gobble 1
Baltimore Orioles
Brandon Fahey, 2B5110014 .283
   a- Kevin Millar, PH1011000 .220
Melvin Mora, 3B4100013 .296
Miguel Tejada, SS4231111 .362
Jay Gibbons, RF4221102 .277
Ramon Hernandez, C4021102 .323
    Luis Matos, PR0100000 .130
Jeff Conine, 1B3001102 .248
Corey Patterson, CF5000026 .272
Javy Lopez, DH5131002 .250
Nick Markakis, LF5031011 .224
a-singled for Fahey in the 9th
2B - Jay Gibbons (12, D. Bautista)
HR - Miguel Tejada (11, Wood)
SF - Jeff Conine (1)
RBI - Kevin Millar (12), Miguel Tejada (32), Jay Gibbons (24), Ramon Hernandez (24), Jeff Conine (15), Javy Lopez (12), Nick Markakis (8)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Millar (3), Javy Lopez (4), Nick Markakis (2)
SB - Corey Patterson (10, 2nd base off D. Bautista/Buck)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Fahey-Tejada-Conine, Tejada-Fahey-Conine
PB - Ramon Hernandez (8)
E - Miguel Tejada (5, Missed catch)
Baltimore Orioles
Daniel Cabrera 4222730 5.23
Kurt Birkins 1.1000000 0.00
Julio Manon (BS,1) 0.2111120 2.57
Sendy Rleal 0.1010200 3.79
Todd Williams 1.2322200 3.38
John Halama (W,2-1) 1311000 4.30
IBB - Stairs by Todd Williams
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Cabrera 90-45, Kurt Birkins 23-11, Julio Manon 20-11, Sendy Rleal 14-5, Todd Williams 38-19, John Halama 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Cabrera 4-4, Kurt Birkins 1-3, Sendy Rleal 1-0, Todd Williams 5-0, John Halama 3-0
Batters Faced - Daniel Cabrera 20, Kurt Birkins 4, Julio Manon 4, Sendy Rleal 3, Todd Williams 10, John Halama 6
Game Information
Attendance - 25530
Game Time - 3:54
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Troy Fullwood, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez