American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Baltimore|
(Sunday, August 12th)
Final Score: Baltimore 5, Kansas City 3
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - It would have been hard for Manny Machado to
have a better series to start his career, as the Orioles concluded a four-game
set against Kansas City with a 5-3 win on Sunday.
Machado homered for the third time in four games and drove in two runs, and
finished his first series in the majors 6-for-16 with three homers, a double,
a triple and seven RBI.
"He hurt us," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He won two games for them against
us with homers. Hit the ball to center field, hit the ball to left field. I
was really impressed for a kid who hasn't played much third base."
Nick Markakis added a double and a homer for the O's, who have won seven of
their past nine and salvaged a split against the Royals.
Bruce Chen (8-10), who received a loss for the fourth time in his last five
decisions, gave up four runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He added five
Mike Moustakas homered for the Royals, who have lost two out of three on the
heels of a three-game win streak.
Markakis flied a 3-2 sinker over the right-field fence to tie the game at
three in the fifth inning.
After Luis Ayala (4-3) tossed a perfect sixth, the Orioles took the lead. Chen
issued a pair of one-out walks before exiting the game. Mark Reynolds greeted
Louis Coleman with a base hit to left field to give Baltimore a 4-3 edge.
"He has a good slider," Reynolds said. "I knew that was the pitch he was going
to try to get me out with. He's tough. He steps right at you and throws across
his body. I just told myself that I had to stay on it. I put a good swing on
it and he made a mistake."
Troy Patton and Pedro Strop held the Royals scoreless in the seventh and
eighth and the Orioles tacked on an insurance run in the bottom half of the
eighth on a passed ball. Jim Johnson retired the Royals in order in the ninth
to pick up his 34th save.
Machado got the Orioles started in the second inning. After Reynolds worked a
walked, Machado drove a 2-2 sinker over the center-field fence to give the O's
an early two-run lead. With the blast, Machado matched a club record with an
extra-base hit in his first four games with Baltimore.
Moustakas brought the Royals within a run in the fourth when he finished off a
seven-pitch at-bat with a high drive off the right-field foul pole for his
18th home run of the season.
Following the Moustakas homer, Billy Butler and Jeff Francoeur singled and
Eric Hosmer walked to load the bases with one out. Brayan Pena lofted a
sacrifice fly to left field to tie the game in the fourth.
Kansas City went ahead in the fifth when Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar
started the inning with a pair of singles to put runners on the corners. Tommy
Hunter minimized the damage, inducing a double play from Moustakas, but
allowed Kansas City to take a 3-2 lead.
Hunter gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings. He also
allowed his 27th home run of the season, tied for the second most in baseball
behind Ervin Santana (28)...Outfielder Endy Chavez accepted an outright
assignment to Triple-A Norfolk before the game. He was designated for
assignment on August 4...The Royals homered for the eighth straight game,
matching their season best...The Royals went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring
position and stranded six...The Orioles went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring
position and left five on base.
08/12 19:18:16 ET