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Resurgent Royals roll, 4-3

Kansas City improves to 3-1 under Yost

May 18, 2010

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— Those few brave souls who showed up on a wet, chilly night to watch the worst two teams in the American League saw a game that typified the recent performances of the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles.

Kyle Davies allowed two runs in six innings, and the Royals defeated the Orioles, 4-3, on Monday night for their third win in four games under new manager Ned Yost.

A crowd of 9,299 — second-smallest in the 19-year history of Camden Yards — braved miserable weather for a game between two last-place teams. The all-time low attendance at the stadium was 9,129, last month when Baltimore hosted Tampa Bay.

Kansas City started the day with the league’s second-worst record (14-24) behind the Orioles (12-26). But the resurgent Royals now need only to win Tuesday to take a second straight series for the first time this season.

“I like the way the offense is swinging the bat,” Yost said. “We hit some balls hard and just missed some balls.”

And the weather? Yost liked that, too.

“We have played the last three, four nights in muddy weather and it’s been sloppy out there,” he said. “I’m coming to find out we’re pretty good mudders.”

Baltimore, on the other hand, lost its third straight. The Orioles were again burned by poor situational hitting, going 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

That one hit was a first-inning swinging bunt by Miguel Tejada that was slowed by the wet grass and brought home Corey Patterson, who scored all three Baltimore runs.

Royals closer Joakim Soria worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his 10th save. After striking out Ty Wigginton for the second out, Soria retired Miguel Tejada on a grounder to second.

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