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

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.