BALTIMORE (AP) — Kyle Davies allowed two runs in six innings, and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on Monday night for their third win in four games under new manager Ned Yost.
A crowd of 9,299 — second-smallest in the 19-year history of Camden Yards — turned out on a wet, chilly night to watch the teams with the two worst records in the AL. The all-time low attendance at the stadium was 9,129, last month for a game against Tampa Bay.
Davies (3-2) gave up seven hits and a walk to earn his first win in four starts since April 26. The right-hander yielded two singles in each of his first three innings, then retired nine of the final 11 batters he faced.
Joakim Soria worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his 10th save. After striking out Ty Wigginton for the second out, Soria retired Miguel Tejada on a grounder to second.
After Yost took over for Trey Hillman, the Royals took two of three from the White Sox. With a victory over Baltimore on Tuesday, Kansas City will win successive series for the first time this season.
Corey Patterson scored all three Baltimore runs, tying his career high, and Wigginton had two RBIs for the Orioles.
The Royals went up 3-2 in the sixth. With the bases loaded and one out, Tejada fielded Yuniesky Betancourt's grounder to third, struggled to get the ball out of his glove and threw to first as a run scored.
Kansas City chased starter Brad Bergesen (3-3) and added another run in the seventh on an RBI double by Billy Butler.
Baltimore closed to 4-3 in the seventh when Wigginton hit into a fielder's choice to bring Patterson in from third.
Kansas City got a first inning run when Scott Podsednik walked, stole second and scored on a single by Butler. In the bottom half, Patterson reached on a bunt and came home on a two-out infield hit by Tejada.
An error, a double by Betancourt and a two-out balk by Bergesen helped the Royals take a 2-1 lead in the second.
Baltimore tied it in the fifth when Patterson walked, stole second, continued to third on a throwing error by catcher Jason Kendall and scored on a groundout by Wigginton.
NOTES: Bergesen had won three straight starts ... Tejada has 13 multihit games in his last 24 games. ... Butler had his team-high 17th multihit game.