KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- No more 0-for-Orioles.
Karim Garcia, hitless in eight games with Baltimore four years
ago, opened his second stint with the Orioles with two home runs
and five RBI.
Three other players homered, and the Orioles tied a club record
with 11 extra-base hits in a 12-3 win over the Kansas City Royals
"It's a little different from that time to this time," said
Garcia, acquired Monday from the New York Mets for reliever Mike
DeJean. "That time, I think I started one game only. The rest were
pinch-hits. Now I know what my role is over here, and I'm going to
try to take advantage."
Garcia, 0-for-16 with the Orioles in 2000, hit a two-run shot to
right in the third inning for an 8-1 lead. He made it 11-3 with a
three-run drive into the right-field bullpen in the sixth off
reliever Dennys Reyes.
"The first one, I didn't think I hit that good," Garcia said.
"It was just a low breaking ball that I went to get. The second
one, I knew I hit it good."
The Royals stranded a season-high 15 runners.
"That's how many it was? It seemed like a lot," first baseman
Mike Sweeney said. "That's tough. You leave 15 guys out there, you
aren't going to win too many games."
Baltimore hit four homers and four doubles against Royals
starter Zack Greinke (2-7). The rookie was tagged for eight runs on
nine hits before being lifted with nobody out in the third, and his
ERA jumped from 3.57 to 4.57.
"The first inning, I think my location was off," Greinke said.
"The second and third, I guess my stuff wasn't as good. I thought
my location was good, but they started hitting it harder."
Daniel Cabrera (8-3) pitched five innings for the win, giving up
three runs and eight hits. He improved to 3-0 against the Royals
"He gutted it out," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. "He
was up with a lot of pitches, but he got the outs when he really
Tejada's homer made it 2-0 in the first inning. Bigbie added a
two-run shot in the second for a 4-1 lead, and Machado followed
with a homer that made it 5-1.
Kansas City scored in the first on Sweeney's RBI single and in
the fourth on David DeJesus' two-run double. Ken Harvey had three
hits for the Royals but was thrown out three times on the basepaths
-- twice at second and once at home.
Baltimore right fielder Jerry Hairston bruised his upper right
side when he ran into the wall after catching Sweeney's long fly in
the third inning and left the game.
Roberts was hit on his throwing hand by Angel Berroa's bad-hop
grounder in the fourth. Roberts was charged with an error after
throwing wide to first on the play, but the ruling was later
changed and Berroa was credited with a single.
Both players are day-to-day. X-rays showed no broken bones in
Royals manager Tony Pena was ejected by plate umpire Mark
Carlson in the sixth inning for arguing a called strike on Matt
Baltimore won both games in the series, handing the Royals
their ninth sweep of the season. ... Kansas City dropped to 10-29
in day games this season. ... Baltimore has had 10 or more hits in
14 of its last 25 games. ... The temperature at the start of the
game was 92 degrees, a season high at Kauffman Stadium. ... After
the game, the Royals optioned right-handed reliever Justin Huisman
to Triple-A Omaha.