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BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles usually like to slug their way to victory.
On this occasion, they were quite content to get the pivotal run via a walk, an errant pickoff throw and a well-placed fly ball.
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After blowing a three-run lead, the Orioles went back on top in the eighth. Adam Jones drew a leadoff walk from Tim Collins (1-1) and advanced when Luke Hochevar threw wildly to first base on a pickoff attempt. Wieters then lofted an opposite-field fly to left that appeared to hit the foul line for a double.
"I was hoping," Wieters said. "I was leaning it and I was pretty excited when the umpire made the fair signal."
The Orioles came into the game with 39 home runs, including 17 that gave them the lead and four that tied it. On this night, they found a different way to win.
Besides scoring in unusual fashion in the eighth, Baltimore turned three double plays and got a fielding gem from shortstop J.J. Hardy.
"When you don't walk people and you catch the baseball the way we did tonight, you give yourself a chance to win those types of games," manager Buck Showalter said.
The Royals, on the other hand, got a huge home run from Alex Gordon. But they were done in by a walk and an error.
"The leadoff walk is something that's going to get you in trouble just about every time, especially late in the game," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said.
It was the fourth win in five games for the Orioles, who moved within a game of first-place Boston in the AL East.
"This team grinds it out," Hunter said. "This team is fun to watch for everybody. Nobody should ever leave the stadium, I'll tell you that much, under any circumstances."
Even on a brisk, wet night.
Chen allowed two runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Ervin Santana gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings for Kansas City. The right-hander walked one and struck out four.
"First inning I was always in trouble, but after that I settled down and threw a lot of strikes and blew guys away," Santana said.
"I missed that one. He hit a mistake," Santana said.
In the third, former Oriole Miguel Tejada hit a one-out single and scored on a single by Alcides Escobar. In the bottom half, Tejada made a diving stop of Jones' grounder to third and made a successful throw to first while in a sitting position.
Hardy saved a run with a sparkling dive-and-throw play in the fourth. With two outs and a runner on second, Hardy went to the edge of the outfield grass to snare a grounder by Salvador Perez before throwing to first while on his knees.
Santana regrouped from his shaky start to retire 12 straight batters until Nate McLouth singled with two outs in the fifth. Machado followed with a single before Markakis hit a fly to left.
|Baltimore's Matt Wieters drives in three runs against the Royals, including the tiebreaker in the eighth inning. (USATSI)|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|Alex Gordon, LF||4||1||2||2||0||0||2||.313|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.281|
|Billy Butler, DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.253|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.269|
|Lorenzo Cain, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.234|
|Salvador Perez, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.279|
|Miguel Tejada, 3B||3||2||2||0||0||0||0||.368|
|a- Mike Moustakas, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.196|
|Elliot Johnson, 2B||3||0||2||0||0||0||1||.259|
|a-flied out for Tejada in the 9th|
|HR - Alex Gordon (4, Matusz)|
|RBI - Alex Gordon 2 (22), Alcides Escobar (14)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alex Gordon 2 (15), Alcides Escobar (2)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - Luke Hochevar (1, Throwing)|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Tim Collins (L,1-1)||1.1||0||1||0||2||1||0||4.91|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 103-74, Tim Collins 25-10, Luke Hochevar 7-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 8-6, Tim Collins 2-1, Luke Hochevar 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 26, Tim Collins 6, Luke Hochevar 3|
|Nate McLouth, LF||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.313|
|Manny Machado, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.314|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.270|
|Adam Jones, CF||3||2||1||1||1||0||0||.331|
|Chris Davis, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||2||3||.318|
|Matt Wieters, C||4||0||2||3||0||0||1||.234|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.211|
|Ryan Flaherty, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.118|
|Nolan Reimold, DH||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.194|
|2B - Matt Wieters 2 (6, Santana, Hochevar)|
|RBI - Adam Jones (23), Matt Wieters 3 (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Matt Wieters 2 (7)|
|SB - Nate McLouth (10, 2nd base off Collins/Perez)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Hardy-Flaherty-Davis, Hardy-Flaherty-Davis, Machado-Flaherty-Davis|
|E - Manny Machado (3, Throwing)|
|Brian Matusz (BS,2)||0.1||1||1||1||0||0||1||3.46|
|Tommy Hunter (W,2-1)||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.69|
|Jim Johnson (S,12)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.06|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wei-Yin Chen 78-55, Brian Matusz 13-8, Tommy Hunter 12-7, Jim Johnson 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wei-Yin Chen 11-4, Tommy Hunter 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Wei-Yin Chen 26, Brian Matusz 2, Tommy Hunter 4, Jim Johnson 3|
|Attendance - 12921|
|Game Time - 2:31|
|Temperature - 63|
|Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Todd Tichenor|