Royal blues continue

Kansas City loses its fifth straight game and drops to 17 games under .500.
Tuesday, June 29, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:15 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

KANSAS CITY — David Newhan had three hits, including a two-run home run, and the Baltimore Orioles snapped a seven-game road losing streak Monday night with an 10-1 victory against the Kansas City Royals.

Rookie left-hander Erik Bedard (3-2) allowed only one run on six hits in eight innings for the Orioles, who won for just the second time in 11 road games. Brian Roberts, Miguel Tejada and Javy Lopez each drove in two runs.

The Royals, picked by many to win the AL Central, dropped to a season-low 17 games under .500, the worst in the league. They’ve lost five straight and are 0-4 since trading center fielder Carlos Beltran to Houston.

Tejada had a sacrifice fly in the first and an RBI single in the second, each time scoring Roberts.

Newhan hit Darrell May’s first pitch for a two-run home run in the fifth, giving the Orioles a 4-0 lead.

May (5-9) lost for the first time in four decisions, allowing seven runs and eight hits in six-plus innings.

Roberts’ two-run double keyed a four-run seventh inning for the Orioles, who had won only three of 14 games overall. Jay Gibbons and Lopez added RBI singles to make it 8-0.

The Royals got a run in the eighth when Byron Gettis doubled and scored on a groundout by David DeJesus.

The Orioles added two runs in the ninth on Lopez’s bases-loaded walk and Larry Bigbie’s RBI single.

The Royals placed third baseman Joe Randa on the 15-day disabled list with torn cartilage in his right knee.

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