- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 19, 2005

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Melvin Mora had two home runs and four RBI, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Royals 7-4 last night for their sixth straight victory in Kansas City.

David Newhan also homered for the Orioles, who have hit seven home runs in the first two games of the three-game series and increased their major league-leading total to 60.

Left-hander Bruce Chen (5-2) went 62/3 innings and gave up four runs and seven hits. He walked two and had eight strikeouts, one less than his career high.

He was relieved with two on and two outs by Todd Williams, who retired Mike Sweeney when Sweeney’s liner bounced off the right-hander’s back and rolled to first baseman Rafael Palmeiro. There was no indication that Williams was injured, but he was replaced starting the eighth by Steve Kline.

B.J. Ryan pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 13 opportunities as the Orioles increased their lead over Boston to 31/2 games in the AL East.

D.J. Carrasco (0-1), in his second start since being recalled from Class AAA Omaha, went 52/3 innings and was charged with five runs and 10 hits. The Royals dropped to 5-15 at home.

It was the third straight multihit game for Mora and his fifth multihomer game. He had two doubles and an RBI on Tuesday night.

The Orioles were trailing 3-0 in the third when Jeff Fiorentino singled leading off and Newhan walked ahead of Mora’s home run.

Javy Lopez gave Baltimore a 4-3 lead with a double in the fifth, and Newhan and Mora hit back-to-back homers in the sixth. Roberts singled with two outs, and Andrew Sisco relieved Carrasco. Newhan hit a two-run homer on a 1-2 pitch and Mora hit his ninth of the year on a 2-1 delivery for a 7-3 lead.

Matt Diaz’s RBI single and John Buck’s two-run double off Chen in the second gave the Royals a 3-0 lead. Tony Graffanino had an RBI single in the seventh.

Notes — Outfielder Sammy Sosa’s visit to the doctor was pushed back one day until today. The Orioles are hoping he’ll be cleared to take batting practice this weekend. Sosa has been on the DL since May10, retroactive to May5, with an abscess and staph infection in his left foot. … Royals right-handed starter Jose Lima, who’s been struggling with his control while going winless in three decisions, will start Saturday against St. Louis instead of Sunday. Interim manager Bob Schaefer hopes moving him up a day will help his control. … Sweeney’s single in the third stretched his hitting streak to 12 games. … Diaz had his first career three-hit game.

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