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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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"He threw the ball really well. For us not to score much and still have the lead, that's a tribute to Santana and Chen, both. I thought Wei-Yin pitched as well as Santana did, or better."

A bevy of scouts were in attendance to watch Santana. The right-hander can be a free agent after this season and it has been reported he would be dealt before the July 31 trading deadline without a player having to clear waivers.

"Not at all," Santana said of the attention he pays to trade rumors. "If anything is going to happen, it's going to happen no matter what."

Santana gave up three runs, only one earned, on seven hits in eight innings to lower his ERA to 3.06, which ranks eighth in the American League.

"Santana is a good pitcher," McLouth said. "That run in the eighth I thought was going to be big. He throws three pitches for strikes. His slider is one of the best. He keeps it low. He's throwing in the low 90s and he doesn't walk anybody."

The Orioles added a run in the eighth to take a 3-1 lead. Brian Roberts and McLouth led off with singles. After Manny Machado bunted them over, Santana walked Nick Markakis intentionally to load the bases. Roberts scored on Jones' fielder's choice grounder to shortstop.

NOTES: LF Alex Gordon, a first-time All-Star Game selection this year, was not in the Royals' lineup. He is hitting .201 with only four extra-base hits in his past 41 games. ... Utility player Elliot Johnson made his first outfield start of the season. ... The Orioles optioned DH-3B Danny Valencia, who was 0 for 22 since June 17, to Triple-A Norfolk to make roster space for RHP Francisco Rodriguez, who was acquired Tuesday from Milwaukee. ... Cain batted leadoff for only the fourth time this season. . The Orioles signed Cuban OF Dariel Alvarez, 24, to a minor league contract. He will report to the Orioles' complex in Sarasota, Fla., before being assigned to Class-A Frederick. After defecting in 2012 to Mexico, Alvarez hit .317 for Tuxpan in the Mexican League.