KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ty Wigginton's sacrifice fly in the 11th inning broke the game's final tie and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5 on Thursday night to snap a five-game losing streak.
Wigginton's second sacrifice fly of the game scored Brian Roberts in the 11th and was off Blake Wood (0-2), the fifth Kansas City pitcher.
Five Baltimore relievers combined to throw 7 2-3 scoreless innings with David Hernandez (5-7), who allowed one hit and struck out three in two innings, to get the victory. Alfredo Simon logged his 15th save in 17 opportunities.
The Royals have lost five straight and 14 of 17 to fall a season-worst 18 games below .500 (42-60).
Orioles rookie left-hander Brian Matusz held the Royals hitless over the first three innings, but didn't make it out of the fourth.
The Royals sent 10 men to the plate in a five-run fourth, which included Wilson Betemit walking with the bases loaded. Mike Aviles' sacrifice fly scored Billy Butler. Yuniesky Betancourt and Alex Gordon contributed run-producing singles in the inning, while Betemit scored on a fielding error by Adam Jones.
Matusz allowed five runs, two hits and four walks in 3 1-3 innings before being replaced by Mark Hendrickson. He walked three in the fourth and all scored. Matusz has a 12.46 ERA in his past four starts, allowing 18 runs, 19 hits and 13 walks in 13 innings. After going 2-0 in his first three starts, Matusz is 1-11.
The Orioles took a 3-0 lead after three innings. Roberts led off the game with a double, took third on a groundout and scored on Wigginton's sacrifice fly. Felix Pie singled in the second and moved to third on two wild pitches. He scored on Patterson's fielder's choice grounder.
Royals starter Kyle Davies left after 5 2-3 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, six hits and four walks. After an error by Betancourt in the sixth led to Pie scoring an unearned run, Davies was replaced by Kyle Farnsworth.
Notes: The Orioles are 26-9 at Kansas City since the start of the 2001 season. Orioles SS Cesar Izturis singled in the sixth and is six hits from 1,000. The Royals promoted RHP Greg Holland from Triple-A Omaha, where he was 3-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 36 relief appearances. With the addition of Holland, the Royals have a 13-man pitching staff. IF Josh Bell, who hit .400 in eight games since being optioned July 21 to Triple-A, has been recalled after the trade of Tejeda. He will join the Orioles on Friday.