KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Chad Mottola went eight years between
major league homers, and it felt a lot longer.
"It feels like about 20," the veteran outfielder said.
Called up earlier in the day from Triple-A, Mottola lashed a
fastball from Brian Anderson 419 feet for a three-run shot in the
third inning Wednesday, powering the Baltimore Orioles to a 13-4
romp over the Kansas City Royals.
It was his first major league homer since 1996 when the
oft-injured former first-round draft pick played for Cincinnati.
"It was off Fernando Valenzuela way back when, so that will
give you an idea," he said. "A couple of guys (asked) was it my
first one. I said, `No, I've been around a little while."
After a long losing stretch, the Orioles have begun to play
better, manager Lee Mazzilli said.
"I feel very good about the direction we're going," he said.
"I think we're seeing a change. I told them today I feel a lot of
Daniel Cabrera (5-3), who pitched a four-hit shutout against
Atlanta his previous start, gave up three hits and three runs in
Cabrera held the Royals hitless until Ken Harvey singled leading
off the fifth. Another single and a hit batsman then loaded the
bases and two runs scored when Cabrera walked David DeJesus and
Anderson (1-8), whose ERA as a starter ballooned from 6.75 to
8.31 lost his eighth in a row. It was his first start since May 22
when he was banished to the bullpen, where he'd been effective with
a 2.81 ERA in 16 innings.
Asked to describe his performance in one word, Anderson replied,
"Can I use two? Horribly disappointing."
Three of the eight runs against him were unearned because of two
errors in the five-run first.
Brian Roberts reached leading off on shortstop Angel Berroa's
throwing error and Mora singled him home. Tejada then hit
Anderson's fastball 394 feet over the fence in left field.
With two out, Larry Bigbie hit a line drive into dead center
that bounced out of DeJesus' glove for a two-base, two-run error.
"It's the same old story. He was pitching behind in the count,
and when you pitch behind in the count you're going to get hit,"
Royals manager Tony Pena said. "We'll have to talk about what
we're going to do."
The Royals' third error was a throwing miscue by second baseman
Graffanino which allowed Bigbie to score the ninth run in the third
The Royals, who have lost six of seven, got a run in the seventh
on DeJesus' RBI single and one in the eighth on Desi Relaford's RBI
Royals pitching coach John Cumberland was fired. Since
1998, Kansas City has had six pitching coaches. ... The Royals lead
the league with 50 unearned runs. ... DeJesus was credited with an
outstanding diving catch of Newhan's sinking liner in the seventh.
But replays showed he trapped the ball. ... Baltimore LHP Eric
Dubose will undergo arthroscopic surgery on Thursday to remove bone
chips from his left elbow. He's been on the DL since June 20. ...
Royals C Kelly Stinnett underwent successful Tommy John surgery
Wednesday, and is out for the season. ... The Orioles won for just
the third time in 13 road games.