American League Game Summary - Baltimore at Kansas City
(Tuesday, July 23rd)
Final Score: Kansas City 3, Baltimore 2
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Mike Moustakas' early RBI double proved to
be the difference, and Greg Holland dodged a bullet in the ninth, as Kansas
City clipped Baltimore, 3-2, in the second test of a four-game series.
Eric Hosmer collected a pair of hits and Chris Getz also drove in a run for
the Royals, who have won three of their last five.
Bruce Chen (4-0) scattered three hits and one run with four strikeouts over
six innings to remain unblemished in 2013.
Holland picked up his 25th save, but not without some effort. Nick Markakis
singled to start and scored on Adam Jones' triple to the gap in left center,
but Chris Davis fanned swinging, J.J. Hardy grounded to third and Henry
Urrutia grounded to first to end the game.
"It's just one of those things that happens sometimes and if you are fortunate
enough to get out of it. That's a big win for us and hopefully that can propel
us these next few games and win the series," said Holland about the ninth-
Manny Machado hit a solo homer for the Orioles, whose five-game win streak
came to a halt. Jason Hammel (7-7) was tagged in the loss for 10 hits and
three runs, walking four and fanning four over his six-inning outing.
"We came in and put ourselves in a situation to tie the game off Holland,
who's obviously an All-Star. I looked at his numbers, he's got some great
numbers. He got himself in a little jam, but he was able to get out of it with
some strikeouts and big outs. At the end of the day, we put ourselves in that
situation," said Baltimore manager Buck Showalter on their inability to score.
The Royals picked up single runs in their first two turns at the plate, with
Billy Butler grounding into a double play with the bases loaded in the first
and Getz hitting an RBI single in the second.
Machado's two-out solo shot in the third put the O's on the board, then the
hosts countered in the home half. Lorenzo Cain and Butler singled, then
Moustakas doubled in Cain for a 3-1 advantage.
Chen retired the final 10 Orioles he faced following Machado's homer, then
Kelvin Herrera stranded a runner on third in a scoreless seventh.
Aaron Crow worked around a one-out walk to Taylor Teagarden and kept Baltimore
off the board in the eighth.
Chen lowered his earned run average to 1.97 with the effort, and hasn't
suffered a defeat since last October 1 against Detroit ... During the game,
the Orioles announced the acquisition of reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the
Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for infield prospect Nick Delmonico ... Hammel
fell to 0-5 with a 5.47 ERA in eight starts since his last win, on May 27
against the Nationals.