BALTIMORE (AP) -- Mark Grudzielanek went 4-for-5 and played a key
role in a seven-run sixth inning that carried the Kansas City
Royals past the Baltimore Orioles 10-7 on Thursday night.
The Royals overcame a four-run deficit and two homers by Aubrey
Huff to earn a split of the four-game series. Kansas City trailed
7-3 when it sent 11 players to the plate in their most prolific
inning of the season.
Jose Guillen led off the sixth with a walk and capped it with a
two-run single. Billy Butler doubled and Kevin Millar botched a
grounder to first as Guillen scored. Adam Loewen (0-2) replaced
starter Garrett Olson and gave up an RBI single to Ross Gload
before an infield hit loaded the bases.
David DeJesus singled in a run, matching his career-high hitting
streak of 15 games, and Grudzielanek greeted Chad Braford with a
run-scoring single to tie it. Alex Gordon had a sacrifice fly
before Guillen's single.
Joel Peralta (1-2) pitched two scoreless innings and Joakim
Soria worked a perfect ninth for his 23rd save.
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