- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 28, 2009

BALTIMORE (AP) | Billy Butler had a career-high five hits and drove in three runs, Brayan Pena beat out a run-scoring infield single to snap a seventh-inning tie and the Kansas City Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 on Monday night.

Butler led off the seventh with a double to right-center off Matt Albers (1-4), advanced when Miguel Olivo grounded out for the second out and scored when Pena beat Melvin Mora’s throw on a slow chopper to the third-base side of the mound.

Five of Kansas City’s 14 hits were infield singles.

Robinson Tejeda (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings of relief.

The Royals won for the second time in 13 games despite stranding 12 runners. Joakim Soria worked a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 18 opportunities.

Adam Jones homered and had two RBI for Baltimore, which lost for the eighth time in 10 tries.

Left-hander Rich Hill, pitching to retain his spot in the Orioles rotation, got behind 1-0 in the first. Willie Bloomquist singled, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Butler’s liner to left.

Jones tied it in the bottom of the inning, hitting his 15th homer off an 0-2 pitch from Bruce Chen.

Chen’s wildness cost him in the second. He loaded the bases with two out before hitting Jones in the backside with a pitch to force in a run.

Successive doubles by Alberto Callaspo, Butler and Mark Teahan put the Royals ahead 3-2 in the third.

Hill departed after allowing three runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out one.

Matt Wieters’ bases-loaded single tied the game for Baltimore in the fifth, but left fielder Ryan Freel threw out Nolan Reimold at the plate to end the inning, erasing the potential go-ahead run.

Chen, seeking his first victory since Oct. 2, 2005, when he pitched for the Orioles, departed after throwing 99 pitches in five innings. He yielded three runs on eight hits, walked two, hit two batters and struck out six.

Butler added an RBI single in the eighth.

Notes - Orioles first baseman Aubrey Huff snapped an 0-for-14 drought with a first-inning single. …

Outfielder David DeJesus, who was “banged up” according to manager Trey Hillman, got the night off. …

Kyle Farnsworth, on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain that has sidelined him since June 25, was scheduled to throw 45 pitches in the bullpen at Class AAA Omaha on Monday. If all goes well, he will pitch an inning Tuesday on a minor league rehabilitation assignment. …

Bloomquist swiped his career-high 17th base in the first.

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