SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Buddy Bell wanted to use this interleague
series to seriously evaluate his new team -- and thanks to the
skipper's early exit, he really got to sit back and watch.
Tony Graffanino tripled, drove in a run and scored twice and
Matt Diaz added two RBI in the Kansas City Royals' 4-1 victory
over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.Runelvys Hernandez (3-7) pitched six strong innings despite a
light drizzle for most of the game and the Royals won consecutive
road games for the first time since April 30-May 1 at Cleveland.They improved to 6-2 under Bell, but won this one without him."It's a lot tougher watching on TV than actually down on the
field," Bell said.He was ejected in the first inning by first-base umpire Rick
Reed, the crew chief, after arguing a checked swing by San
Francisco's Moises Alou. After being thrown out, Bell came out to
first base and hollered at Reed for several minutes before exiting.It was Bell's first ejection -- it came in Game 8 of his Royals
tenure -- since taking over the team May 31, three weeks after Tony
Pena resigned.While bench coach Bob Schaefer directed the team, Bell watched
from his office in the clubhouse. He liked what he saw from the
defense -- the Royals turned double plays in the sixth, seventh and
eighth innings."We really played well defensively," Bell said. "I would have
preferred to be down there on the bench, but Schaef did a great
job."Kansas City hit an SBC Park-record three triples to help snap a
nine-game road losing streak with Tuesday's 8-1 win. The Royals
added two more triples Wednesday. Ruben Gotay had the other, while
Angel Berroa and David DeJesus each had two hits."When you don't try to do too much, everything is going to be
fine," Berroa said.The Giants got two hits off Jeremy Affeldt in the eighth, but
Alou grounded into an inning-ending double play. Mike MacDougal
pitched the ninth for his sixth save in eight chances.Ray Durham homered in the fourth for the Giants, who have lost
11 of 12 overall and six in a row at home. Durham's solo shot into
the right-field arcade was his second homer of the season and just
the second hit allowed by Hernandez.And the Giants couldn't do much else against the right-hander,
who won for the first time since May 15. Hernandez faced the
minimum in the second, fifth and sixth innings. He allowed four
hits, struck out three and walked four. The Royals staked him to a
2-0 lead in the first inning on a double by Diaz and a wild pitch
by Giants starter Jeff Fassero."I want to say thank you to the team for the support they gave
me," Hernandez said. "The weather was a little chilly. It was a
struggle. I'm a power pitcher. I tried to make adjustments to get
groundballs."Fassero (1-3) made his fourth spot start of the season and first
since beating Oakland 3-2 on May 21. Fassero rejoined the rotation
after the Giants optioned Brad Hennessey to Triple-A Fresno after
last Thursday's loss at Philadelphia.Fassero threw 54 pitches through the first two innings, then got
out of the third on five pitches. He gave up four runs and six hits
in five innings, walked three and struck out one."I needed to go out and throw zeros in the first inning and I
didn't," he said. "It's demoralizing to hitters to be down 2-0.
We've been struggling all year long. We've been fortunate to win
games we have. Nothing's gone right. There's enough talent in this
clubhouse to win."It was his first start against the Royals since Aug. 25, 2000,
while with Boston.Pedro Feliz batted in the fifth spot for San Francisco and went
0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He also hit into a double play."I hope he's not pressing, because he is playing regularly,"
manager Felipe Alou said. "He has more at-bats than anybody.
Usually, the pressing comes from the fear of losing your job, but
that is not a factor."
San Francisco SS Omar Vizquel missed his second straight
game after having his lower right wisdom tooth extracted Monday.
... Giants slugger Barry Bonds is progressing in three key areas of
his rehabilitation on his surgically repaired right knee, though
there is still no timetable for when he will resume his chase of
the home run record. Bonds will be examined Sunday by Dr. Robert
Armstrong, and trainer Stan Conte expects Bonds will be off
antibiotics sometime next week. ... Royals INF Mike Sweeney was
held out of the lineup as a precaution as he nurses his tender
side. Bell had planned to give Sweeney the day off Thursday, but
opted to do so Wednesday instead because of the wet weather.
Sweeney might not play Thursday's day game either.