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Orioles roll Royals to hand Kansas City sixth straight defeat

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jeremy Guthrie wasn't trying to insult the hapless Kansas City Royals. He was only being honest.

"I was missing up, I was throwing breaking balls down. I was up and down and all over the place except where I needed to be," the Baltimore starter said. "Today was a tough day."

But fortunately for him, anyone facing Kansas City these days hardly needs his best stuff. A scuffling Guthrie and two relievers combined on a three-hitter Tuesday night and led the Orioles to a 6-2 victory, handing the frustrated Royals their sixth straight loss.

Guthrie (3-1) went seven innings, and then Chad Bradford and Chris Ray each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

The Royals held a hitters-only meeting before the game -- only to have their bats collapse again. In this six-game slide, they're hitting only .193 and have been outscored 51-14, and manager Buddy Bell is sounding as if he's out of patience.

"It's time we quit giving the other guys a whole lot of credit," Bell said. "Guthrie had a good fastball. Our swings in this ballpark are a little longer than on the road, for whatever reason."

Ramon Hernandez drove in two runs for the Orioles, who won their fourth in a row after losing four of five.

"Tonight, I battled through almost every inning, except maybe the seventh and first," said Guthrie, who gave up three hits, with one walk and three strikeouts.

Jorge De La Rosa (4-5) gave up eight hits and five runs in five-plus innings. He was relieved after Kevin Millar and Melvin Mora reached beginning the sixth.

The Royals took their first lead in a game since Saturday when Mark Teahen homered with two outs in the first. But the lead lasted only until Baltimore scored two in the second on Millar's solo home run and Hernandez's RBI single.

Hernandez, who hit a grand slam Monday night, also singled home a run in the sixth as the Orioles notched their fourth four-game winning streak.

Manager Sam Perlozzo said Guthrie gave him no argument when he pulled him.

"He persevered," he said. "There were a couple of innings he just couldn't get any sink. But he went out and pitched. He was mentally exhausted trying to get back in gear and when he was done, he was done."

Shane Costa, placed in the leadoff spot for the first time this year, drove in the Royals' second run with a sacrifice fly in the third.

Back-to-back doubles by Miguel Tejada and Aubrey Huff put the Orioles on top 3-1 in the third.

With no outs in the sixth, Hernandez grounded a single off reliever Jimmy Gobble just past the outstretched glove of Angel Berroa, making his second start at shortstop. Millar easily scored from third, and Mora raced home from second when left fielder Costa short-hopped the throw into the infield, KC's first error in six games.

Hernandez went to third on Brian Roberts' single and scored when Nick Markakis grounded back to Gobble, who failed to field the ball cleanly and tried an underhanded scoop to the plate that was too late to get the runner. The play was ruled a fielder's choice.

"We caught a break on both those plays," Perlozzo said.

Notes

  • The losing pitcher in each of the Royals' six straight losses has been the starter, including De La Rosa twice.
  • The start of the game was delayed 26 minutes by rain.
  • Steve Trachsel's no-strikeout complete-game victory Monday night was the first in the majors since Joel Pineiro of Seattle did it against Minnesota on May 1, 2006. No Baltimore pitcher had done it in almost four seasons.
  • The Orioles committed their league-leading fifth balk.
 
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Kansas City's John Buck and Baltimore's Melvin Mora look to the umpire, who rules Mora safe.  (AP)
Kansas City's John Buck and Baltimore's Melvin Mora look to the umpire, who rules Mora safe. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

K. Millar
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Baltimore

R. Hernandez
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5020000 .312
Nick Markakis, RF5001011 .256
Miguel Tejada, SS5120001 .324
Aubrey Huff, DH5011001 .250
Jay Payton, LF3000100 .298
Kevin Millar, 1B3211112 .262
Melvin Mora, 3B4220010 .242
Ramon Hernandez, C3122100 .263
Corey Patterson, CF4010012 .227
Totals37611534  
Batting
2B - Miguel Tejada (7, De La Rosa), Aubrey Huff (9, De La Rosa), Melvin Mora 2 (14, De La Rosa, De La Rosa)
HR - Kevin Millar (6, De La Rosa)
RBI - Nick Markakis (28), Aubrey Huff (24), Kevin Millar (18), Ramon Hernandez 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Aubrey Huff (14), Kevin Millar (10), Ramon Hernandez (10)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Mora-B. Roberts-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Jeremy Guthrie (W,3-1) 7322131 3.02
Chad Bradford 1000010 2.45
Chris Ray 1000020 3.65
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 96-59, Chad Bradford 17-10, Chris Ray 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 7-10, Chad Bradford 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 24, Chad Bradford 3, Chris Ray 3
Kansas City Royals
Shane Costa, LF3001020 .189
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4000000 .270
Mark Teahen, RF4111010 .285
Mike Sweeney, DH3000010 .242
David DeJesus, CF3000000 .261
John Buck, C2000100 .272
Alex Gordon, 3B3000011 .185
Ryan Shealy, 1B3120000 .235
Angel Berroa, SS3000012 .091
Totals2823216  
Batting
HR - Mark Teahen (5, Guthrie)
SF - Shane Costa (1)
RBI - Shane Costa (5), Mark Teahen (26)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teahen (11)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
DP - Shealy-Berroa, Berroa-Grudzielanek-Shealy
E - Shane Costa (1, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
Jorge De La Rosa (L,4-5) 5855321 4.97
Jimmy Gobble 1210010 2.21
David Riske 1000000 3.04
Zack Greinke 1000010 5.01
Octavio Dotel 1100000 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 93-58, Jimmy Gobble 19-14, David Riske 7-7, Zack Greinke 14-9, Octavio Dotel 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 7-5, Jimmy Gobble 2-0, David Riske 2-1, Zack Greinke 2-0, Octavio Dotel 1-2
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 25, Jimmy Gobble 5, David Riske 3, Zack Greinke 3, Octavio Dotel 4
Game Information
Attendance - 13556
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Tim McClelland