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Baltimore 3, Kansas City 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles took their time on
offense against Zack Greinke.

Rafael Palmeiro homered and David Newhan drove in the go-ahead
run in a three-run seventh inning, leading the Orioles to a 3-2
victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

"We've got a pretty good offense," Baltimore manager Lee
Mazzilli said. "I think once Raffy hit that home run, it kind of
propelled the guys in the dugout."

The Orioles scored three runs in the seventh against Greinke
after managing only three hits against him in the first six
innings. The Orioles won three games in the series three games to
one for their first series victory since May 28-30 against Detroit.

While the clutch hitting in the seventh provided the winning
margin, it was an impressive pitching performance that made the
victory possible.

Rodrigo Lopez combined with B.J. Ryan, Jason Grimsley and Jorge
Julio to retire the final 24 Kansas City batters. Lopez (6-4) gave
up two runs on four hits in the first, then retired the last 15
batters he faced.

"They all pitched well," Mazzilli said. "It was a perfect
thing for the set-up with B.J. and Grimsley, then Julio coming in
in the ninth to close it out.

"Lopie pitched a pretty good game after giving up two in the
first. The other kid (Greinke) pitched a pretty good game, too."

Lopez said he didn't change anything he did after the first
inning -- he was just more successful with his pitches.

"I had good movement on my fastball, but in the first I was
high," Lopez said. "I couldn't set up the batters like I like.
After that, I got my pitches down and that's when I settled down."

Lopez allowed two runs and four hits, and struck out four in six
innings. Julio pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances,
completing the four-hitter.

Greinke (1-5) was cruising until the seventh, when the Orioles
broke through against the rookie right-hander.

Palmeiro said he hit a changeup off Greinke to cut the deficit
to 2-1.

"He was throwing well, throwing the ball in and out and keeping
everyone off balance," Palmeiro said. "I just got a good pitch to
hit."

Javy Lopez followed with a double and scored on a one-out double
by Jerry Hairston.

Luis Matos was hit by a pitch and Robert Machado reached on an
infield hit, loading the bases and ending Greinke's night. Shawn
Camp came in and gave up Newhan's RBI single.

Newhan was happy to see Greinke out of the game.

"I don't know about that (move)," Newhan said. "That helped
me out because it was nasty trying to get a good pitch to hit
against him."

The Royals got off to a fast start against Lopez in the first
inning. David DeJesus hit a leadoff single, moved to second on Tony
Graffanino's sacrifice and scored on Mike Sweeney's single. Angel
Berroa singled one out later and scored on Dee Brown's base hit to
center, giving the Royals a quick 2-0 lead. But Brown was thrown
out trying to stretch the hit to a double -- and that was the last
batter to reach for the Royals.

Greinke gave up three runs on seven hits in 6 1-3 innings and
struck out a career-high seven. He has suffered from a lack of run
support since being called up from the minors. Greinke has received
only 18 runs in his eight starts, including just eight in his five
losses.

He wouldn't share the blame for the loss.

"When it's 2-0, they've still got to get two quality hits to
get back in the game if you don't walk anyone," he said.

Game notes
The Royals have gone six straight games without a home run,
their longest power slump since a six-game streak July 23-28, 2002.
... Royals 1B Ken Harvey, who leads the Royals in hitting at .327,
was held out of the starting lineup. He pinch hit in the eighth and
grounded to second. He grounded out in the eighth, and has just two
hits in his last 24 at-bats. ... Miguel Tejada extended his hitting
streak to 16 games with a bunt single in the fourth inning. He was
2-for-4. ... Palmeiro's home run was his 39th against the Royals,
the most by any opponent.