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Royals win only fourth on road this year

5/19/2004

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals' offense woke up
late.

Carlos Beltran and Matt Stairs each hit a three-run homer and
the Royals rallied from a five-run deficit for a 7-6 victory over
the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

"Before when we got down 5-0, it was like we were dead,"
Royals manager Tony Pena said. "Tonight we came back and swung the
bats. You can build on something like this. We're a better ball
club than we've shown."

Mike Sweeney also homered for the Royals, who stopped a
three-game skid with only their fourth road win of the season.

Angel Berroa and Benito Santiago each had three hits for the
Royals, who had a season-high 16. Kansas City hadn't reached double
digits in its previous nine games, batting .216 over that span.

Stairs' three-run shot in the fifth energized the Royals.

"When Stairs hit that home run, that told us we had a chance to
win this game," Beltran said. "When were down early, it looked
difficult, but we fought back."

Kansas City still trailed 5-3 in the sixth. Berroa doubled off
starter R.A. Dickey, Desi Relaford followed with a single, and
Beltran chased Dickey with his three-run shot to put Kansas City in
front 6-5.

Sweeney followed with a homer off Jay Powell.

Scott Sullivan (3-0) earned the win, allowing one run and one
hit in 2 2-3 innings.

Herbert Perry's solo homer in the seventh off Sullivan pulled
Texas to 7-6.

Nate Field got three outs for his first major league save.

Dickey (4-3) allowed six runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

"Going into the fifth inning with a 5-0 lead, I'm expected to
hold it," Dickey said.

Texas capitalized on two fielding lapses in the third by Kansas
City's battery to take a 2-0 lead.

The Rangers loaded the bases with nobody out against starter
Jeremy Affeldt. Eric Young walked, Kevin Mench singled, and Gerald
Laird was safe at first when Affeldt bobbled a bunt and failed to
get off a throw for an error.

Michael Young's sacrifice fly drove in the first run. Mench
scored from third on Santiago's passed ball.

Consecutive RBI doubles in the fourth by Brian Jordan, Eric
Young and Mench made it 5-0.

In the fifth, Dickey retired the first two batters, then Sweeney
reached on shortstop Michael Young's fielding error. Juan Gonzalez
followed with a single, and Stairs' three-run drive off a high
fastball with two outs got the Royals to 5-3.

"The big thing is it got our confidence back," Stairs said.
"When you get a big hit with two outs, it pumps the team up. It's
a huge win against an outstanding offensive team. A win like that
can give a team some confidence."

Affeldt allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings.

Game notes
The Royals are 7-20 against right-handed starters. ... The
Rangers have lost four of their last five. ... Gonzalez was greeted
by a mix of boos and cheers in his first at-bat of the season
against his former team. Gonzalez is the Rangers' career leader in
homers and RBI. ... Relaford left in the sixth after straining his
left hamstring tendon while running to first. Mendy Lopez came in
as a pinch runner. ...Sullivan has won his last nine decisions.