Baltimore — For a welcome change, the Baltimore Orioles were on the positive end of a comeback victory.
Nick Markakis singled in the winning run in the 10th inning, giving the Orioles a 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals and a split of the two-game series.
Luke Scott hit two solo home runs and Corey Patterson also connected for the Orioles, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Baltimore trailed 3-0 in the fifth inning and 3-2 in the eighth.
On a night when temperatures dipped into the low 50s, the matchup between last-place teams attracted only 9,715 fans, the third-smallest crowd in the 19-year history of Camden Yards. The second-smallest crowd gathered one night earlier.
“We didn’t let them back in; they earned their way back in,” Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. “They hit three home runs. That’s the way the game goes. We had opportunities, but they made great pitches when they needed to.”
Royals starter Zack Greinke allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner yielded two homers to Scott but did not allow another runner past second base.
Greinke left with a 3-2 lead, but Wood gave it away.
Scott homered in the bottom half of the fifth inning and again in the seventh. He has nine homers, including six in his last nine games.