Kansas City at Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh (35-39) «00030012x6111

Pirates 6, Royals 2

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PITTSBURGH -- Delwyn Young waited a long time just to drive in a run. So getting four RBI may have been worth the wait.

Young homered and drove in a career-high four runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to their fourth straight win, 6-2 over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.

"I haven't driven a run in it seems like six months," Young said, "so just to get one -- let alone four -- is a good feeling."

Paul Maholm allowed only two runs in seven innings and Jack Wilson and Adam LaRoche each had two hits and an RBI for Pittsburgh, which clinched a winning record in interleague play for only the second season since the format was adopted 12 years ago.

Willie Bloomquist had two hits and scored twice, and Billy Butler had two RBI singles for the Royals, who got an effective start from Bruce Chen, making his first major league appearance in more than two years.

Kansas City (31-42) fell to a season-low 11 games under .500.

Young, usually a reserve, had his last RBI on June 11 and had only two this month and four total since May 18.

He has hit safely in nine of his past 11 starts and is hitting .346 when in the lineup. Young is pushing Brandon Moss for playing time in right field but also has starts at second base and left field.

"Delwyn had a great night tonight. He's played well for us," Pirates manager John Russell said. "It's nice to have that with Brandon and Eric [Hinske] and Delwyn as options out there. We're pretty solid in right field. [Young has] continued to do whatever we've asked of him. It's a good problem to have."

Maholm (5-4) entered the game with the best home ERA in the NL, a number that climbed to 1.96 after his strong outing. Making his first start of the month at PNC Park, Maholm allowed only five hits and a walk, winning for only the second time since April 22.

He is 22-12 in his career at home; 13-27 on the road.

"I couldn't tell you why," Maholm said. "I feel good on the road, too. Apparently, that just doesn't translate there. I don't know if it's a comfort thing? You go out there and you're in your normal routine, just go out there and expect to win."

Young's homer -- his second of the season and fifth of his career -- was to straightaway center with Freddy Sanchez and LaRoche aboard in the fourth. That put the Pirates ahead to stay, 3-2.

"I was looking for a fastball, and it was a changeup, so I sat there and was able to get good wood on it and it was able to go," Young said. "I didn't think it was going to leave, but it did."

He added an RBI single in the eighth.

Butler drove in Bloomquist with RBI singles twice during the first three innings. Each time, Bloomquist's speed helped set it up. He hit his fifth triple in the first and stole his 13th base in the third.

Wilson gave Pittsburgh an insurance run in the seventh when his two-out single drove in Andy LaRoche, who had tripled.

Adam LaRoche added an RBI single in the eighth.

Making his first appearance since April 20, 2007, and first start since Aug. 4, 2006, Chen (0-1) allowed seven baserunners and faced only four over the minimum through six innings.

The lefthander, who had Tommy John surgery on his elbow two years ago, would be charged with four runs on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts.

"I didn't think Chen was that bad," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "He left that pitch up for the home run, but I thought he pitched effectively on both sides of the plate. He mixed in a couple different breaking balls. His command of the ball, all were good."

The left-hander, who had Tommy John surgery on his elbow two years ago, allowed four runs on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts.

"You have surgery at 31 years old, you don't know what's going to happen," Chen said. "You sign March 1, very late. At that point, I didn't know. I'm very glad I was able to get an opportunity, and here I am back. I'm very grateful."

Notes

Pittsburgh is 8-6 against the American League with Sunday's game the final interleague contest of the season. The Pirates, worst in the majors at 71-109 against the AL, went 8-7 against the AL in 2001. ... The Pirates won their 10th in a row when playing in front of home crowds of at least 20,000 and are 11-1 overall in those games. The attendance on fireworks night was 36,032. ... Chen -- who appeared in a game for his 10th different team -- had a single, his first hit since May 21, 2006. ... For the second consecutive game, each team wore replica Negro League uniforms.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

D. Young
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Kansas City

B. Butler
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF4000012 .239
Willie Bloomquist, CF4220001 .278
Billy Butler, 1B4022000 .286
Jose Guillen, RF4010012 .257
Miguel Olivo, C4000021 .251
Alberto Callaspo, 2B4000001 .296
Mark Teahen, 3B3000001 .282
Luis Hernandez, SS3000001 .195
Bruce Chen, P10101001.000
    Roman Colon, P0000000 .000
   a- Brayan Pena, PH1010000 .355
    John Bale, P0000000 .000
Totals3227214  
a-singled for Colon in the 8th
Batting
3B - Willie Bloomquist (5, Maholm)
RBI - Billy Butler 2 (34)
2-OUT RBI - Billy Butler (15)
SB - Willie Bloomquist (13, 2nd base off Maholm/Diaz), Alberto Callaspo (1, 2nd base off Maholm/Diaz)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Bale-Callaspo-Butler
Kansas City Royals
Bruce Chen (L,0-1) 6.1744021 5.68
Roman Colon 0.2100100 3.55
John Bale 1322100 6.30
WP - Bruce Chen (1), John Bale (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 76-54, Roman Colon 11-5, John Bale 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 4-11, Roman Colon 1-1, John Bale 1-1
Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 24, Roman Colon 4, John Bale 6
Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF4000003 .309
Nyjer Morgan, LF4020000 .270
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4220001 .317
Adam LaRoche, 1B4221000 .268
Delwyn Young, RF4124010 .337
Andy LaRoche, 3B3110100 .269
Robinzon Diaz, C4000002 .277
Jack Wilson, SS3021000 .291
Paul Maholm, P2000011 .100
   a- Eric Hinske, PH0000100 .267
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Karstens, P0000000 .063
Totals32611622  
a-walked for Maholm in the 7th
Batting
2B - Freddy Sanchez (24, Bale), Adam LaRoche (22, Bale)
3B - Andy LaRoche (2, Chen)
HR - Delwyn Young (2, Chen)
RBI - Adam LaRoche (37), Delwyn Young 4 (15), Jack Wilson (24)
2-OUT RBI - Jack Wilson (11)
CS - Nyjer Morgan 2 (10, 2nd base by Chen/Olivo, 2nd base by Chen/Olivo)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - J. Wilson-F. Sanchez-LaRoche, J. Wilson-LaRoche, F. Sanchez-J. Wilson-LaRoche
E - Paul Maholm (1, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm (W,5-4) 7522120 4.35
John Grabow (H,13) 1100010 3.86
Jeff Karstens 1100010 4.73
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 81-53, John Grabow 16-12, Jeff Karstens 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 9-8, Jeff Karstens 1-1
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 25, John Grabow 4, Jeff Karstens 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36032
Game Time - 2:22
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Scott Barry