Baltimore at Kansas City

Kansas City
W: B. Wood (1-2) L: A. Simon (2-2)
HR: BAL - None   KC - A. Gordon (2)

Royals 7, Orioles 5 wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With one swing, Alex Gordon turned a miserable night at the plate into a glorious ending.

Gordon stranded six runners in his first three at-bats, including striking out with the bases loaded in the third and grounding into an inning-ending double play in the fifth with runners on the corners.

Gordon, however, made amends by hitting a three-run homer with two outs in bottom of the ninth as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 7-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

"At first I kind of knew," Gordon said of it being a homer. "I've been having some bad luck. I was hoping somebody wouldn't jump over the fence and catch it. Even when I hit it, I was kind of like, Please don't catch it. When it went over the fence, it was like a sign of relief. Once it went over, there was definitely excitement.

"I gave a pumped fist, said a couple of bad words and it seemed like I got around the bases to see my teammates smiling at me, so it felt good. I got a couple of punches in the eye (at the home plate mob scene). Seeing the celebrations before, I just didn't want to get hurt, so I took it pretty easy."

Orioles closer Alfredo Simon (2-2) retired the first two batters in the ninth before walking Rick Ankiel and giving up a single to Wilson Betemit. Gordon's second home run of the season landed in the Royals bullpen.

"I tried to use my split on 3 and 2 to Ankiel," Simon said. "The next guy [Betemit], hit a fastball, and the last guy [Gordon] hit a fastball. My best pitch, my split, wasn't working tonight, so I just tried to throw a strike and he got it."

It was the Royals' first walk-off home run since David DeJesus on July 12, 2008, against Seattle. Gordon said his previous walk-off home run was in 2006 with Double-A Wichita.

"But never in the big leagues," Gordon said. "This is probably one of the highlights of my career so far."

Blake Wood (1-2), who worked the ninth, picked up his first major league victory.

"We needed a win in a bad way," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We've been struggling to score some runs and our pitching's been struggling to keep us in games. It's just great for Alex to hit the walk-off because earlier he hit into a double play and struck out with the bases loaded. For him to come through there was huge."

Ty Wigginton went 3 for 4 with two RBI-doubles for the Orioles, who scored two runs in the top of the ninth to take a 5-4 lead. Nick Markakis led off the Baltimore ninth with a single and scored from first on Wigginton's double to right-center. Wigginton stopped at third on Luke Scott?s single.

Adam Jones hit a bouncer to Betemit at third, who fumbled it, allowing Wigginton to score, giving the Orioles a 5-4 lead.

"We've got to win the games we're supposed to win and that was one of those," Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel said. "We got the lead to the closer and we should win that game."

The Royals took a 3-0 lead in the first. Betemit had a two-run single and Ankiel doubled home Jason Kendall.

Jones walked to lead off the Orioles second, stole second and advanced to third on catcher Kendall's throwing error. He scored on Felix Pie's sacrifice fly and Wigginton doubled home Markakis in the third to cut the lead to 3-2.

The Orioles tied it in the sixth, when Markakis led off with a walk, took third on Wigginton's single and scored on Scott?s sacrifice fly.

The Royals regained the lead in the bottom of the inning when Mitch Maier's double scored Yuniesky Betancourt, who began the inning with a single.

Right-hander Sean O'Sullivan, making his second Royals start since being acquired in a July 22 trade with the Los Angeles Angels, allowed three runs, four hits and two walks in six innings.

Orioles rookie starter Jake Arrieta was pulled after 4 1/3 innings, giving up three runs, six hits and five walks.


IF Josh Bell worked out with the Orioles on Friday, but could not be officially added to the 25-man roster before Saturday. He was optioned July 21 to Triple-A Norfolk and must stay off the big league roster for 10 days. He will take the roster spot of IF Miguel Tejeda, who was traded Thursday to San Diego, for minor league pitcher Wynn Pelzer. ... Royals DH Jose Guillen led off the fifth with a double, the 300th of his career.

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Players of the Game
Kansas City

A. Gordon
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1

T. Wigginton
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Brian Roberts, 2B5020000 .238
Nick Markakis, RF4320102 .295
Ty Wigginton, 3B4132001 .256
Luke Scott, 1B3011002 .284
Adam Jones, CF2100100 .267
Felix Pie, LF3001002 .250
Matt Wieters, C4000014 .245
Corey Patterson, DH4000000 .273
Cesar Izturis, SS4010000 .243
2B - Ty Wigginton 2 (19, O'Sullivan, Farnsworth)
SF - Luke Scott (5), Felix Pie (1)
RBI - Ty Wigginton 2 (53), Luke Scott (42), Felix Pie (5)
2-OUT RBI - Ty Wigginton (17)
SB - Brian Roberts (3, 2nd base off O'Sullivan/Kendall), Adam Jones (4, 3rd base off O'Sullivan/Kendall)
CS - Adam Jones (6, 3rd base by Farnsworth/Kendall)
Team LOB - 6
DP - B. Roberts-Izturis-Scott
Baltimore Orioles
Jake Arrieta 4.1633540 5.47
Jason Berken 1.2211100 2.79
Will Ohman 1000000 3.30
Mike Gonzalez (H,1) 0.2100000 6.14
Koji Uehara (H,4) 0.1000000 2.76
Alfredo Simon (BS,3; L,2-2) 0.2233101 4.18
IBB - Butler by Jason Berken
WP - Jake Arrieta (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Arrieta 102-56, Jason Berken 22-12, Will Ohman 11-8, Mike Gonzalez 8-4, Koji Uehara 5-3, Alfredo Simon 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Arrieta 3-6, Jason Berken 1-3, Will Ohman 2-1, Mike Gonzalez 2-0, Alfredo Simon 2-0
Batters Faced - Jake Arrieta 24, Jason Berken 7, Will Ohman 3, Mike Gonzalez 3, Koji Uehara 1, Alfredo Simon 5
Kansas City Royals
Chris Getz, 2B5000013 .239
Jason Kendall, C3100103 .269
Billy Butler, 1B3110211 .313
Jose Guillen, DH5010005 .268
Rick Ankiel, CF4221111 .261
Wilson Betemit, 3B4032100 .367
    Willie Bloomquist, PR0100000 .243
Alex Gordon, LF5113015 .183
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4120003 .260
Mitch Maier, RF1011200 .253
2B - Jose Guillen (17, Arrieta), Rick Ankiel (7, Arrieta), Mitch Maier (8, Berken)
HR - Alex Gordon (2, Simon)
SH - Jason Kendall (5), Mitch Maier (3)
RBI - Rick Ankiel (15), Wilson Betemit 2 (15), Alex Gordon 3 (5), Mitch Maier (28)
2-OUT RBI - Rick Ankiel (7), Wilson Betemit 2 (10), Alex Gordon 3 (4)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Kendall-Betemit, Getz-Betancourt-Butler
E - Wilson Betemit (1, Misplayed grounder), Jason Kendall (11, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
Sean O'Sullivan 6433200 4.13
Dusty Hughes (H,6) 1000000 4.89
Kyle Farnsworth (BS,2) 1321010 2.42
Blake Wood (W,1-2) 1200000 5.97
HBP - Jones (by Sean O'Sullivan)
Pitches-Strikes - Sean O'Sullivan 88-54, Dusty Hughes 15-10, Kyle Farnsworth 21-14, Blake Wood 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean O'Sullivan 11-7, Dusty Hughes 3-0, Kyle Farnsworth 2-0, Blake Wood 2-0
Batters Faced - Sean O'Sullivan 25, Dusty Hughes 3, Kyle Farnsworth 6, Blake Wood 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21537
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Laz Diaz