- The Washington Times - Monday, August 14, 2000

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Mike Sweeney aims to please. And 100 runs driven in will please his manager.

Sweeney singled and homered yesterday to reach 100 RBI earlier than any Royals player as Mac Suzuki won at home for the first time in a 10-5 Kansas City victory over Baltimore.

"My manager, Tony Muser, tells me he doesn't care about batting average," Sweeney said. "He cares about producing runs and scoring runs. I like to please my manager."

Sweeney singled home a run and then hit his 19th homer in the eighth inning, giving him 100 RBI for the second straight season.

Sweeney reached the mark earlier than Hal McRae, who drove in his 100th run Aug. 16, 1982.

"I've been working extra in the batting cage," said Sweeney, who had been in a slight slump, although he finished yesterday's game batting .338. "I think I found something in my swing."

Chris Richard hit two home runs for Baltimore, and Brook Fordyce also connected.

Wilson Delgado and Gregg Zaun each had three hits for the Royals. Kansas City broke open the game with four runs in the third and five runs in the fourth.

Suzuki, who has become the Royals' most consistent starter, had gotten all of his victories on the road. Suzuki (6-7) was 0-5 at home.

Suzuki went 7 1/3 innings, giving up 12 hits and five runs.

Baltimore starter Lesli Brea, making his major league debut after being recalled Friday from Class AA Bowie, lasted 3 1/3 innings. He was tagged for six runs on seven hits.

"I felt good, real good," Brea said. "In the first two innings I was ahead of the hitters and making them hit the pitches I wanted them to hit. Then I started falling behind and I had to throw strikes, and they knew I had to throw strikes. It was just a lot of little bloopers."

Brea (0-1) was called up when Alan Mills went on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

In the four-run third, Delgado and Jermaine Dye had run-scoring singles. Zaun scored when Carlos Febles was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and another run came in when Sweeney grounded into a double play.

The Royals scored five in the fourth on six singles and an RBI double by Zaun. Delgado, Jeff Reboulet, Sweeney and Joe Randa singled in runs.

Fordyce, homering for the second straight game, connected in the second. Richard homered in the fourth and sixth.

Notes Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove was ejected by plate umpire Marvin Hudson when he intervened in a dispute with pitcher Chuck McElroy over a call… . The Orioles have allowed four or more runs in an inning 59 times this season… .

Febles, the Royals' second baseman, bruised his right ankle sliding into second base and could be lost for 7-10 days.

Results of X-rays taken during the game were not expected to be available until today.

But Royals trainer Nick Swartz said Febles, who was in obvious pain in the clubhouse after the game, bruised the same point of the ankle he had previously broken.

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