Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/15)

Game 1: Thursday, May 14
Kansas City5
Game 2: Friday, May 15
Kansas City8
Game 3: Saturday, May 16
Kansas City2
Game 4: Sunday, May 17
Kansas City7

Orioles 1

(15-21, 4-10 away)

Royals 8

(19-17, 12-7 home)

    8:10 PM ET, May 15, 2009

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    W: Z. Greinke (7-1)

    L: A. Eaton (2-4)

    Greinke skates to 7th win despite lengthy delay as Royals handle O's

    Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Zack Greinke pitched seven innings to earn his seventh win, Miguel Olivo hit a three-run homer and the Kansas City Royals ended a six-game losing streak with an 8-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

    Fast Facts

    • Zack Greinke gave up one earned run in seven innings to improve to 7-1. His ERA rose from 0.51 to 0.60.

    • Greinke has struck out five-plus batters and given up two or less earned runs in each of his first eight starts this year. The other three pitchers to do that in the last 50 years went on to win the Cy Young.

    • Greinke hasn't allowed a homer in 88 innings dating back to last year. Greinke is 5-0 with a 0.49 ERA at home this year.

    • The Royals ended a six-game losing streak, it was their longest this year. The Orioles have lost 10 of their last 12 road games.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    The Royals battered Adam Eaton (2-4) to stake Greinke to a 6-1 lead by the fourth inning and the right-hander overcame some shaky moments after a lengthy rain delay to match Toronto's Roy Halladay for the AL wins lead. Mike Jacobs hit his eighth homer, Jose Guillen and Alberto Callaspo drove in two runs each and Mark Teahen had three of Kansas City's 13 hits.

    Baltimore, still without outfielders Adam Jones (hamstring) and Luke Scott (shoulder), missed some early chances against Greinke and had two hits after the third inning to lose for just the eighth time in its past 32 games in Kansas City.

    The return of Zack-mania to Kauffman Stadium -- well, that and the $1 hot dogs and peanuts on Buck Night -- had the Royals expecting a sellout. Thunderstorms moved into the area late in the afternoon, delaying the start by 2 hours, 30 minutes, and keeping several thousand fans away.

    Those who showed up -- about 25,000 -- waited out the storms by milling around the concourses and filling the new sports bar, creating a frat-party atmosphere before the first pitch.

    All the sitting around didn't seem to do Greinke (7-1) any good.

    He had his nine-game winning streak snapped against the Angels on Saturday, yet was still sharp, allowing one run and four hits in eight innings. Greinke didn't have the same kind of stuff early against the Orioles, walking two, including Brian Roberts to lead off the game, and allowing one more hit in the first three innings than his previous start.

    But after giving up a run on Aubrey Huff's single in the third, Greinke got into a groove, retiring 11 of the next 12 batters before leaving after 106 pitches. He allowed six hits, struck out six and saw his baseball-best ERA creep up to 0.60.

    Eaton had problems after the rain delay, too. He just never fully recovered.

    The right-hander labored through a 29-pitch first inning, giving up a two-run single to Guillen not long after Billy Butler's foul pop fell between third baseman Melvin Mora and catcher Gregg Zaun.

    Eaton got into more trouble in the fourth, giving up a leadoff homer to Jacobs and a drive by Olivo that extended his hitting streak to nine games and put the Royals up 6-1. Callaspo added a run-scoring single in the fifth and Eaton didn't come out for the sixth after allowing seven runs and 10 hits.

    Game notes

    Baltimore leads the AL with 56 homers allowed. ... Orioles SS Cesar Izturis, the AL's toughest hitter to strike out, fanned three times. ... Royals Hall of Fame 3B George Brett, who now works in the front office, turned 56 on Friday.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumKauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
    Attendance38,353 (101.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:46
    Weather63 degrees, drizzle
    Wind0 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Dale Scott, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Mike Dimuro, Third Base - James Hoye