- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 1, 2008

BALTIMORE | Miguel Olivo homered off George Sherrill with two outs in the ninth to force extra innings, and Jose Guillen singled in the tiebreaking run in the 11th to give Kansas City a 6-5 comeback victory over Baltimore on Monday night.

The Royals rallied from a four-run deficit to win their sixth straight on the road, the team’s longest run since 1999. The victory also ended Kansas City’s seven-game losing streak at Camden Yards.

Mike Aviles led off the 11th with an infield hit off Chad Bradford (3-3). After a sacrifice and an intentional walk, Guillen blooped an opposite-field single to right.

Ron Mahay (4-0) pitched two innings, and Joakim Soria got three outs for his 22nd save in 23 tries.

For a second straight game, Sherrill gave away a victory by yielding a two-out home run. The left-hander had an 0-2 count on Olivo before the pinch hitter lined a shot to left that tied the game at 5-5.



On Sunday, Sherrill had a 1-2 count on Washington’s Ronnie Belliard, who hit a two-run, game-winning drive in the bottom of the 12th.

Sherrill’s mistake was part of an overall poor performance by the Baltimore bullpen, which blew a 5-1 lead after starter Brian Burres permitted one run in five innings.

Kansas City used RBI singles by John Buck and Aviles to close to 5-3 against Ryan Bukvich in the sixth, and one inning later Dennis Sarfate dropped the ball on the mound, a balk that enabled Guillen to score from third.

That set up Olivo’s heroics, the first pinch-hit homer by Kansas City since Mark Grudzielanek connected in September against the Orioles.

Baltimore went up 5-1 against Zach Greinke in the fifth. Adam Jones hit a one-out triple and scored on a double by Alex Cintron before Nick Markakis hit an RBI single. Aubrey Huff followed with a run-scoring double, and Kevin Millar capped the uprising with an RBI single.

Greinke pitched five innings and gave up five runs, one more than he allowed in his previous three starts combined.

The Royals used two walks and a two-out double by Alex Gordon to take a 1-0 lead in the third. Then, with runners at second and third, Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts made a diving stop on a grounder by Guillen and made the throw to first from his knees.

Ramon Hernandez tied it in the bottom half with his seventh home run and second in two games.

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