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Royals end 32-game scoreless streak

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Having finally put their club-record scoreless
run to rest, the Kansas City Royals doubled their pleasure by
snapping a burdensome losing streak.

Mike Sweeney ended Kansas City's 32-inning drought with a
two-run double in the sixth, and the Royals snapped an eight-game
skid by beating the Baltimore Orioles 7-0 Friday night.

"We came out and won and it's a great feeling," said Sweeney,
who went 3-for-5 with four RBI. "The food tastes better. The
drinks taste better. Hopefully we don't have to wait eight more
games to celebrate a win."

Darrell May (6-9) pitched a five-hitter for his third career
shutout, just 11 days after yielding seven runs and eight hits in a
10-1 loss to Baltimore. The left-hander struck out five and walked
one in his sixth career complete game, the second this season.

"I think I had a pretty good read on them this time," he said.

May, who did not allow a runner past first base, has both of
Kansas City's complete games and the Royals' lone shutout.

Sweeney, who missed the past six games with back stiffness,
proved to be the cure for KC's sputtering offense. Besides his huge
sixth-inning hit, he had a two-run single in a three-run ninth.

"We just have better balance now," manager Tony Pena said.

Baltimore has lost three straight and scored in only two of its
last 29 innings. The Orioles are 9-18 in games started by
left-handers.

"We just couldn't put anything together. (May) kept the ball
down, moved it around and kept us off stride," manager Lee
Mazzilli said. "We didn't seem like ourselves out there."

Sweeney's sixth-inning hit produced one more run than Kansas
City scored in its previous four games.

"It was a huge relief for the team," May said. "You could see
the tenseness in the dugout when we had a runner in scoring
position up to that point."

Angel Berroa added a two-run single in a four-run sixth against
rookie Erik Bedard (3-3), who was 2-0 in seven starts since May 25.
He set a career high with nine strikeouts in six innings.

The Royals' previous record for consecutive scoreless innings
was 30, set in 1981 and matched in 1985. Kansas City surpassed that
mark in the fourth, but finally broke through in the sixth.

Desi Relaford led off with a walk and took third on a single by
Tony Graffanino. Sweeney then doubled to left for a 2-0 lead.

"It was a sigh of relief, not only for me but for the team,"
Sweeney said. "I've been out for six games and three of them we
got shut out. It was just a relief to be back in the lineup and
contribute a little bit and help this team win."

Berroa -- who entered mired in an 0-for-12 slump -- padded the
margin with his second hit of the game.

That was enough offense for the Royals, who were outscored 60-16
and batted a meager .156 during their skid. Kansas City had lost 13
of 14; its lone victory in that span was against Baltimore.

Kansas City tied the team mark for successive scoreless innings
in the third. With one out and runners on the corners, Pena called
for a double steal with Sweeney at the plate, and John Buck was
gunned down at home on a return throw from shortstop Miguel
Tejada.

Game notes
The Royals improved to 11-29 on the road and ended an
eight-game slide away from Kauffman Stadium. ... Baltimore's Rafael
Palmeiro got his 2,851st hit, moving into sole possession of 38th
place on the career list. ... Kansas City's Ken Harvey went 0-for-5
and is hitless in his last 16 at-bats. ... The Orioles scratched
Sidney Ponson (groin) from his start Saturday and will instead use
rookie Daniel Cabrera. ... KC's Matt Stairs left in the sixth
inning with left ankle soreness and is day-to-day.