Orioles beat Royals 5-3 to end 7-game skid

BALTIMORE (AP) Though the Baltimore Orioles haven't had much cause for celebration this season, they still remember what to do in the wake of a victory.

Mark Trumbo delivered a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning, Chris Davis homered and Baltimore beat the Kansas City Royals 5-3 Wednesday night to end a seven-game losing streak.

Jonathan Schoop had two hits and scored twice for the Orioles, who lost 18 of their previous 21 games.

''One game, it's good to come in the clubhouse and have people feel good about themselves and shake hands and listen to some form of music I had nothing to do with picking out,'' manager Buck Showalter said with a thin smile.

The victory came courtesy of Trumbo and Davis, a pair of sluggers striving to regain the form they showed two years ago. Trumbo was playing his eighth game of the season following a quadriceps injury and Davis hit his second homer in two nights after connecting only twice in his first 31 games.

Davis took extra batting practice before the game, and ended up ripping an opposite-field, three-run drive in the fourth inning to give Baltimore a 3-2 lead.

''Chris has got a couple adjustments that he's trying to make and it's looked good,'' Showalter said. ''He had a big blow for us tonight.''

Lucas Duda homered and drove in three runs for the Royals.

With two outs in the eighth, Manny Machado legged out a slow roller to third base for an infield single and Schoop sent him to third with a double. Trumbo then hit a liner up the middle that knocked Kansas City pitcher Kevin McCarthy (3-1) off his feet.

''It felt great. Happy to come through,'' Trumbo said. ''I think we played a nice game tonight. Did a lot of things really well.''

McCarthy absorbed his first loss in 55 big league appearances.

''I made some mistakes to Schoop, then just too middle of the plate to Trumbo,'' he lamented.

Richard Bleier (3-0) worked two innings and Brad Brach got three outs for his fourth save, striking out Jon Jay to end it with runners on second and third.

Orioles starter Andrew Cashner gave up three runs and six hits in six innings, his sixth straight outing without a win.

Kansas City rookie Eric Skoglund allowed three runs and five hits over 6 1/3 innings in his 11th career start.

''I thought Skoglund threw the ball great,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''The one mistake to Davis, he's such a strong hitter he powered it out the other way.''

Unlike on Tuesday night, when the first eight Royals reached base in a 10-run first inning, Cashner kept Kansas City hitless into the fourth. With two outs, Salvador Perez singled and Duda ripped an 0-1 pitch over the center-field wall.

In the bottom half, singles by Adam Jones and Schoop preceded a two-out shot by Davis.

Kansas City tied it in the sixth when Jorge Soler doubled and scored on a two-out bloop single by Duda. The Royals then loaded the bases before Cashner retired Alcides Escobar on a comebacker.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: CF Abraham Almonte left in the sixth with an illness. ... RHP Justin Grimm (lower back stiffness) is getting closer to starting a rehabilitation assignment. On the DL since April 22, he threw live batting practice on Tuesday. ''Felt really good, looked really good,'' Yost said.

Orioles: Relief pitcher Darren O'Day was placed on the 10-day DL with a hyperextended right elbow. ... Baltimore closer Zach Britton (Achilles tendon) threw a bullpen. Showalter said Bundy could pitch in a minor league game before the end of the month, but ''probably'' not before May 28.

LOSING HURTS

Baltimore's rocky start has been tough on everyone in the organization, including Showalter. ''This game can beat up on anybody,'' he said. ''I didn't need to have the period we're in right now to remind me of that.''

UP NEXT

Royals: Ian Kennedy (1-3, 2.92 ERA) starts Thursday for the Royals, who will seek to win their second series of the year. Kennedy is 0-2 with a 6.98 ERA in five career appearances against Baltimore.

Orioles: Chris Tillman (1-5, 9.24) has yielded at least four runs in four of his five starts. In his last outing, the right-hander gave up seven runs and seven hits in one inning against the Angels.

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  • W: R. Bleier (3-0)L: K. McCarthy (3-1)S: B. Brach (4)
  • HR: KC - L. Duda (4), BAL - C. Davis (4)
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J. Soler DH41100001.321.431.545.9753.0
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L. Duda 1B41231011.239.305.368.6728.5
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A. Gordon LF20000201.313.368.463.8304.0
A. Escobar SS40100006.236.298.339.6361.0
A. Almonte CF20000002.207.270.379.6490.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Mancini LF40100012.256.322.376.6980.5
    A. Santander RF00000000.204.253.312.5640.0
    A. Jones CF41100013.247.263.411.6741.5
    M. Machado SS41100002.343.428.6061.0342.0
    J. Schoop 2B42200001.243.274.357.6315.0
    M. Trumbo DH40120012.303.303.364.6672.5
    C. Davis 1B31131100.176.269.294.5639.0
    D. Valencia 3B40000002.234.315.453.7680.0
    C. Gentry RF-LF20100100.203.254.254.5082.0
    C. Joseph C30100001.174.197.290.4871.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Soler (10), W. Merrifield (8)
      • HR - L. Duda (4)
      • RBI - L. Duda 3 (18)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Duda 3 (9)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Schoop (5)
      • HR - C. Davis (4)
      • RBI - M. Trumbo 2 (3), C. Davis 3 (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Trumbo 2 (2), C. Davis 3 (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (8), A. Gordon (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Escobar-Merrifield-Duda)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Schoop-Machado-Davis; Schoop-Machado-Davis)
      • E - J. Schoop
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Skoglund6.15331316.341.3213.5
      K. McCarthy (L, 3-1)1.14220003.071.23-8.0
      T. Hill0.10001003.861.29-1.0
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Skoglund6.1
      K. McCarthy (L, 3-1)1.1
      T. Hill0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cashner6.06332314.841.5011.5
      R. Bleier (W, 3-0)2.02000000.400.9311.0
      B. Brach (S, 4)1.00001205.021.8110.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cashner6.0
      R. Bleier (W, 3-0)2.0
      B. Brach (S, 4)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 86-56, K. McCarthy 23-17, T. Hill 14-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 6-9, K. McCarthy 4-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 24, K. McCarthy 8, T. Hill 2
      PITCHING
      • IBB - A. Cashner (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 111-72, R. Bleier 25-17, B. Brach 19-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 9-6, R. Bleier 4-0, B. Brach 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 26, R. Bleier 6, B. Brach 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      J. Jay RF50100014.276.347.306.6530.5
      J. Soler DH41100001.321.431.545.9753.0
      M. Moustakas 3B40000021.292.325.569.894-1.0
      S. Perez C41200001.290.324.484.8073.0
      L. Duda 1B41231011.239.305.368.6728.5
      W. Merrifield 2B-CF30100100.261.333.384.7175.0
      A. Gordon LF20000201.313.368.463.8304.0
      A. Escobar SS40100006.236.298.339.6361.0
      A. Almonte CF20000002.207.270.379.6490.0
      R. Goins 2B20000012.261.292.304.596-0.5
      Total3438313519-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        T. Mancini LF40100012.256.322.376.6980.5
        A. Santander RF00000000.204.253.312.5640.0
        A. Jones CF41100013.247.263.411.6741.5
        M. Machado SS41100002.343.428.6061.0342.0
        J. Schoop 2B42200001.243.274.357.6315.0
        M. Trumbo DH40120012.303.303.364.6672.5
        C. Davis 1B31131100.176.269.294.5639.0
        D. Valencia 3B40000002.234.315.453.7680.0
        C. Gentry RF-LF20100100.203.254.254.5082.0
        C. Joseph C30100001.174.197.290.4871.0
        Total3259512313-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Soler (10), W. Merrifield (8)
          • HR - L. Duda (4)
          • RBI - L. Duda 3 (18)
          • 2-Out RBI - L. Duda 3 (9)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Schoop (5)
          • HR - C. Davis (4)
          • RBI - M. Trumbo 2 (3), C. Davis 3 (13)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Trumbo 2 (2), C. Davis 3 (5)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - W. Merrifield (8), A. Gordon (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Escobar-Merrifield-Duda)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Schoop-Machado-Davis; Schoop-Machado-Davis)
          • E - J. Schoop
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Skoglund6.15331316.341.3213.5
          K. McCarthy (L, 3-1)1.14220003.071.23-8.0
          T. Hill0.10001003.861.29-1.0
          Total8.0955231---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Skoglund6.1
          K. McCarthy (L, 3-1)1.1
          T. Hill0.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Cashner6.06332314.841.5011.5
          R. Bleier (W, 3-0)2.02000000.400.9311.0
          B. Brach (S, 4)1.00001205.021.8110.0
          Total9.0833351---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Cashner6.0
          R. Bleier (W, 3-0)2.0
          B. Brach (S, 4)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 86-56, K. McCarthy 23-17, T. Hill 14-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 6-9, K. McCarthy 4-0
          • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 24, K. McCarthy 8, T. Hill 2
          PITCHING
          • IBB - A. Cashner (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 111-72, R. Bleier 25-17, B. Brach 19-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 9-6, R. Bleier 4-0, B. Brach 1-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 26, R. Bleier 6, B. Brach 5
          • 8TH INNING
            Trumbo singled to center, Machado and Schoop scored35
          • 6TH INNING
            Duda singled to left center, Soler scored33
          • 4TH INNING
            Davis homered to left, Jones and Schoop scored23
            Duda homered to center, Perez scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Anthony Santander in right
            • Brad Brach relieved Richard Bleier
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Gordon reached on fielder's choice to third, Merrifield to second on 2nd baseman Schoop fielding error
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Escobar lined out to shortstop
            • R. Goins: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
            • J. Jay: Ball, Merrifield stole third Gordon to second, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 8TH INNING
            • R. Bleier Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas grounded out to second
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Perez singled to left
            • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duda grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Perez out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. McCarthy Pitching:
            • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mancini grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Jones: Ball, Jones grounded out to second
            • M. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Machado reached on an infield single to third
            • J. Schoop: Schoop doubled to deep left, Machado to third
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Strike looking, Trumbo singled to center, Machado and Schoop scored
            • Tim Hill relieved Kevin McCarthy
            • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked, Trumbo to second
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Valencia fouled out to right
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Richard Bleier relieved Andrew Cashner
            • R. Goins: Ball, Goins grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Jay singled to left
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Soler grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Jay out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Davis lined out to first
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Eric Skoglund
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike looking, Valencia grounded out to third
            • C. Gentry: Gentry singled to center
            • C. Joseph: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Joseph grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Soler doubled to left center
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Moustakas struck out on foul tip
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Perez popped out to first
            • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Ball, Duda singled to left center, Soler scored
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield doubled to deep right, Duda to third
            • A. Gordon: Gordon intentionally walked
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ryan Goins at second
            • M. Machado: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Machado grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Schoop: Foul, Ball, Foul, Schoop grounded out to third
            • M. Trumbo: Strike swinging, Trumbo grounded out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar singled to center
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Almonte popped out to shortstop
            • J. Jay: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Jay grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • C. Gentry: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gentry walked
            • C. Joseph: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Joseph singled to left, Gentry to third
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
            • A. Jones: Jones grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Joseph out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Soler grounded out to third
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez singled to center
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Duda homered to center, Perez scored
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Merrifield popped out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Jones singled to center
            • M. Machado: Machado flied out to center, Jones to second
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Schoop singled to center, Jones to third
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Trumbo popped out to second
            • C. Davis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Davis homered to left, Jones and Schoop scored
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Valencia flied out to left
            • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Escobar reached on fielder's choice to catcher, Gordon out at second
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Foul, Almonte grounded out to second, Escobar to second
            • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Jay grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • C. Gentry: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gentry grounded out to pitcher
            • C. Joseph: Ball, Foul, Joseph grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mancini flied out to deep left
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Perez flied out to deep center
            • L. Duda: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Duda struck out looking
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield lined out to left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
            • C. Davis: Strike swinging, Davis flied out to center
            • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Valencia lined out to center
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Jay flied out to deep center
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soler grounded out to second
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • T. Mancini: Mancini singled to center
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • M. Machado: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Machado flied out to center
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Schoop popped out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)