DENVER -- Brandon Duckworth couldn't stop smiling.
First he witnessed the birth of his daughter and then he returned to the team and picked up his first win in almost a year.
"It's hard to cap off the birth of your first child, but this win is icing on the cake," said Duckworth, who pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings and also had a single. "The birth took some of the stress off me. When you're waiting on your first child, it's an emotional roller coaster."
Duckworth (1-3) was given the scorecard after the game and plans to hang it up in the nursery of Sophia Duckworth, who was born Wednesday morning.
"I felt good," Duckworth said. "I felt focused."
Brown took Manny Corpas' fastball in the eighth inning and hit it to deep left for his first home run of the season.
"He did all the work. I just got a good swing on it," Brown said.
Brown, who'd gone 107 at-bats since his previous homer, had been in a slump prior to Friday night, and his batting average had fallen to .202. He had three hits and is hopeful this breaks him out of his slump.
"I've dug myself a little hole," Brown said with a grin. "But I've still got a long way to go."
The Royals scored five runs on six hits in the eighth. Mark Teahen and Shane Costa had RBI singles.
Corpas (0-2) gave up four runs and five hits and got only one out. Corpas had not allowed a run in his past five appearances. He relieved Jeff Francis, who was cruising until the eighth inning. Francis allowed seven hits and one run in 7 1/3 innings. He threw 74 pitches before being pulled.
Manager Clint Hurdle said after the game he made a mistake and should've left Francis in.
"This one just blew up on me," Hurdle said. "I made a bad decision that didn't work out that cost us the game."
Francis wasn't upset with Hurdle for taking him out.
"It's on everybody," he said. "It's not one guy that loses a game for a team, it's all of us. When we win it's as a team and when we lose it's the same thing. We pitch until they take it out of our hand."
The Royals were certainly glad to see Francis exit. Kansas City struggled with the left-handed Francis -- not to mention lefties in general. The team is 1-10 against lefties this season. The Royals got their first victory off a left-hander Thursday with a win over Oakland's Dallas Braden.
"That kid had pretty good stuff," manager Buddy Bell said. "We couldn't really do anything offensively because their guy was so good.
"Our guy pitched pretty good, too."
Jorge De La Rosa went 6 1/3 innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs. He was watching the game in the clubhouse when Brown hit the three-run homer.
Jeff Baker had an RBI triple in the seventh and Matt Holliday added an RBI single in the first.
The catch of the game belonged to Willy Taveras, who robbed John Buck of a two-out home run in the second inning. He raced back on Buck's deep drive to center, timed his leap perfectly and reached over the wall to bring it back. Taveras slapped gloves with Holliday as he jogged back into the dugout.
The way Francis was pitching, it looked like the catch might be the difference.
But it wasn't after Corpas' struggles.
"I have confidence in the people I bring in when I make the moves," Hurdle said. "When they don't work, that's my responsibility. I have to wear that. That's the way it is. There's not a worse feeling to have."
Duckworth was at the opposite end of the spectrum. He was walking around the clubhouse with a giant smile.
"I felt different (out there)," Duckworth said. "I felt great."
Hurdle was a first-round draft pick of the Royals in 1975. ... Colorado placed RHP Zach McClellan on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation and called up right-hander Darren Clarke from Double-A Tulsa. Clarke made his major league debut in the eighth inning. Colorado has used a major league-leading 21 pitchers this season. ... Bell managed Colorado from 2000-02 and went 161-185. ... The game-time temperature was 69 degrees, marking the first time Kansas City has played an outdoor road game above 59 degrees this season. ... Third base coach Mike Gallego missed the game to attend his mother's funeral.