Hosmer, Escobar lead Royals over Orioles, 4-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 24, 2013 at 11:32 pm •  Published: July 24, 2013
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Hosmer was looking to make amends for his error that led to two unearned runs.

Hosmer hit two homer and Alcides Escobar drove in the winning run in the ninth to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

After Hosmer failed to handle Adam Jones' bouncer in the fourth, Matt Wieters hit a two-run two-out homer off Ervin Santana.

"It stinks when you make an error and two batters later a guy hits a two-run homer," Hosmer said. "I wanted a chance to redeem myself."

Both of Hosmer's home runs were off left-hander Wei-Yen Chen. Hosmer is hitting .333 against left-handers.

"I guess so," Hosmer said. "That's what the numbers say."

But he entered the game with only one home run in 104 at-bats off left-handers.

Hosmer homered in the first and his two-run home run in the eighth tied the score at 3. It was Hosmer's third career multi-homer game and his second this season.

David Lough singled and scored the game-ending run when Escobar doubled off the fence in left-center with one out in the ninth.

"When I hit it, I thought there was a chance it was gone," Escobar said. "I wasn't trying to hit a home run."

Instead, Nate McLouth nearly caught it at the wall.

"I was about 3, 4, 5 inches away from catching it," McLouth said. "I didn't miss it by very much."

Instead, the ball kicked away off the top padding, giving Lough enough time to score from first.

Darren O'Day (5-1) took the loss, while Luke Hochevar (3-1), picked up the victory after working a scoreless ninth.

"I was trying to throw away and it got in," O'Day said of Escobar's first-pitch double "Nate gave it a good try."

Chen, who went on the disabled list May 13 with a right oblique strain before returning July 10, departed after Hosmer's second home run with Lorenzo Cain aboard with one out in the eighth.

Chen gave up a home run to Hosmer on a full-count pitch in the first inning. Chen had not permitted a home run in his previous four starts.

He retired the next 12 hitters after Hosmer's first home run until Escobar's single in the fifth.

"He just made a couple of mistakes and the ball ran back over the plate," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "They were very similar pitches. He was really good.

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