BALTIMORE-Not much has gone right for the Kansas City Royals this season, and after they blew a seven-run lead against the Baltimore Orioles it appeared as if this game would be no different.
Then, for a welcome change, the Royals benefited from a disputed call.
Kansas City scored the tiebreaking run on an eighth-inning balk by Steve Kline. The Royals snapped a five-game losing streak with a 10-8 victory Sunday.
With the score tied at 8, Emil Brown opened the eighth with a single off Todd Williams (3-2). After a strikeout, an errant pickoff throw and intentional walk, Kline came in and retired Joe McEwing on a grounder, leaving runners at second and third.
As Kline prepared to pitch to David DeJesus, home plate umpire Bob Davidson called a balk. Brown hadn’t crossed the plate before Kline began arguing the call, to no avail.
Afterward, Davidson said Kline “moved his shoulder” to deceive the runner at third base.
“He has the last say. What can I do?” Kline said. “I wasn’t even set yet. He saw something different than I did.”
The Royals, who had lost 14-of-16, were delighted that a call finally went their way.
“It’s always something weird that usually results in us losing the game. Hopefully the tide is turning,” said Mike Sweeney, who hit a home run in the ninth. “People questioned whether Kliner did balk, but we’ll take the win. We don’t have many of them this year, so we’ll take any one we can get.”
Red Sox 6, Mariners 3
BOSTON — Richie Sexson hit a wind-blown grand slam off Cla Meredith, who was making his major-league debut, and the Seattle Mariners beat Boston 6-4 in Sunday’s second game to split their doubleheader and end a seven-game losing streak.
Boston won the opener 6-3 for its fifth straight victory.
Ryan Franklin (2-4) snapped his four-game losing streak, allowing two runs on six hits and an intentional walk while striking out two. Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his eighth save.
John Halama (1-1) gave up one run on three hits and a walk in 12/3 innings. Meredith, who spent just three days in Triple-A before the promotion, gave up three runs on two hits and two walks while getting just one out.
In the opener, Jeremi Gonzalez (1-0) won for the first time since Aug. 19, 2003, pitching 52/3 strong innings.
Joel Pineiro (2-3) allowed six runs on 10 hits and a walk in seven innings.
Yankees 6, Athletics 0
NEW YORK — Kevin Brown escaped a pair of bases-loaded jams and pitched seven sharp innings, leading New York over Oakland.
Alex Rodriguez hit a go-ahead homer, and slumping Hideki Matsui had a run-scoring single off Rich Harden (2-2). Tino Martinez added a three-run homer in the eighth off Kiko Calero, and Jorge Posada followed with a solo shot as the Yankees hit back-to-back homers for the first time this season and won consecutive games for the first time since late April.
White Sox 5, Blue Jays 4
TORONTO — Mark Buehrle won his fourth straight decision, and Jermaine Dye and Juan Uribe homered to lead Chicago to its eighth straight victory.
Toronto’s Gregg Zaun was carted off after he was kneed in the side of the head by Chicago second baseman Pedro Lopez while trying to break up a double play in the bottom of the ninth inning. Zaun was down on the field for nearly 15 minutes and was fitted with an oxygen mask and a head and neck brace.
Damaso Marte got the final two outs for his second save.
The White Sox improved baseball’s top record to 24-7. They have led in all 31 games this season, a major league record.
Twins 9, Devil Rays 6ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Justin Morneau had his second career four-hit game and drove in three runs, leading Minnesota past Tampa Bay.
Morneau went 4-for-4 and came within a home run of the cycle. The first baseman is
23-for-51 (.451) with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 13 games since being activated from the 15-day disabled list after he missed 10 games with a concussion.
Tigers 10, Angels 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Maroth pitched three-hit ball over eight innings, Ivan Rodriguez triggered a seven-run third with a three-run triple and Brandon Inge homered, leading Detroit over Los Angeles.
Maroth (3-2) breezed to the victory after his teammates staked him to an 8-0 lead in the first three innings. The Tigers beat the defending AL West champs for the second straight time after losing 21 of the previous 25 meetings.
Rangers 7, Indians 2
ARLINGTON, Texas — Kenny Rogers extended his shutout streak to 21 innings with seven innings of six-hit ball as Texas beat Cleveland.
Rogers (3-2) struck out four and walked four in winning his third straight start, stretching the longest shutout streak by a Rangers starter since Rogers’ club-record 39 consecutive scoreless innings in 1995.
Michael Young’s two-run homer in the first off Jake Westbrook (1-6) gave Rogers an early lead.