Orioles rally to beat Royals 4-3 in 10 innings

BALTIMORE (AP) — Nick Markakis singled in the winning run in the 10th inning, giving the Baltimore Orioles a 4-3 comeback win over the Kansas City Royals and split of the two-game series.

Luke Scott hit two solo home runs and Corey Patterson also connected for the Orioles, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Baltimore trailed 3-0 in the fifth inning and 3-2 in the eighth.

On a night when temperatures dipped into the low 50s, the matchup between last-place teams attracted only 9,715 fans, the third-smallest crowd in the 19-year history of Camden Yards. The second-smallest crowd gathered one night earlier.

Julio Lugo got Baltimore started in the 10th with a one-out single off Bryan Bullington (0-1). Patterson walked, and an error by first baseman Billy Butler loaded the bases for Markakis, who hit a liner well over the head of center fielder Mitch Maier.

Alfredo Simon (1-1) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the Orioles, who denied the Royals their first sweep at Camden Yards since 1998.

Baltimore trailed 3-2 before Patterson hit a solo homer in the eighth off rookie Blake Wood, who had not surrendered a run in his previous four appearances.

Royals starter Zack Greinke allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner yielded two homers to Scott but did not allow another runner past second base.

Greinke left with a 3-2 lead, but Wood gave it away.

Orioles starter Kevin Millwood gave up three runs and 10 hits in eight innings. Although the right-hander has gone nine starts without a victory in his first season with the Orioles, he's got a respectable 3.65 ERA and has been victimized by a lack of offensive support.

Millwood retired the first 13 batters before Jose Guillen singled up the middle with one out in the fifth inning. Four of the next five batters hit singles, including RBI hits by Maier, Chris Getz and Scott Podsednik.

Scott homered in the bottom half and again in the seventh. He has nine homers, including six in his last nine games.

NOTES: Orioles RHP Jeremy Guthrie, 3-0 lifetime against Texas, will face the Rangers on the road for the first time since July 2007 in the opener of a two-game series Wednesday night. ... Greinke is 1-4, but has a 2.72 ERA and has left with KC ahead in four of his nine starts.