Series: Game 3 of 3

Baltimore won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, May 17
in 10
Kansas City8
Game 2: Wednesday, May 18
Kansas City4
Game 3: Thursday, May 19
Kansas City7

Orioles 4

(26-14, 13-5 away)

Royals 7

(12-29, 6-15 home)

    2:10 PM ET, May 19, 2005

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    KC 02400001 - 7 5 0

    W: J. Oviedo (1-0)

    L: R. Lopez (2-2)

    S: M. MacDougal (2)

    Brown, Berroa homers in Royals win

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Emil Brown hit a three-run homer, Angel Berroa added a solo shot and the Kansas City Royals finally held a lead against the Baltimore Orioles in a 7-4 victory Thursday.

    In its three previous games against the AL East leaders, Kansas City blew leads of six, seven and three runs.

    The Royals (12-29) improved to 4-4 under interim manager Bob Schaefer, who took over for Tony Pena on May 11. But they still have the worst record in club history after 41 games.

    Kansas City handed Runelvys Hernandez a 6-0 advantage after three innings, yet the right-hander failed to get out of the fourth and was replaced by rookie Leo Nunez.

    Nunez (1-0), who began the year in Class A, got his first major league win with 2 2/3 innings of one-hit relief. Mike MacDougal struck out all three batters in the ninth for his second save.

    Rodrigo Lopez (2-2) went seven innings and was charged with six runs and five hits. He took the loss after four straight no-decisions.

    Hernandez went 3 1/3 innings, giving up four runs and five hits. He walked six and struck out one.

    Matt Diaz's triple drove in the Royals' first run in the second. Alberto Castillo made it 2-0 with an RBI single.

    Berroa homered leading off the third. Mike Sweeney singled, Matt Stairs walked and Brown hit his fifth home run, putting the Royals on top 6-0.

    But just as they did the night before while wiping out a 3-0 deficit, the Orioles bounced back for four runs in the fourth.

    After Rafael Palmeiro walked and Javy Lopez doubled, Jay Gibbons hit a liner to right that got away from Brown and went for a two-run triple. One out later, Larry Bigbie hit a high fly to center that Terrence Long lost in the sun. The ball dropped in for an RBI double and the lead was cut to 6-3.

    David Newhan's RBI double made it 6-4.

    Nunez then came in and struck out Melvin Mora, who hit two home runs the night before, and got Miguel Tejada on a fly ball.

    The Royals loaded the bases in the eighth against Steve Reed on two walks and a hit batter. Reed then walked Castillo, forcing home a run.

    Game notes

    The Royals have taken the lead in nine straight games and 16 of their last 18. ... Kansas City had lost six straight home games against the Orioles. ... The Royals begin interleague play Friday against St. Louis and will try to break an eight-game losing streak against NL teams. ... Palmeiro reached base in 10 of 14 plate appearances in the three-game series. ... Baltimore's Brian Roberts extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

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