Orioles 6, Royals 4: Fernando Tatis, starting in the major leagues for the first time since June 13, 2003, had two hits, drove in a run and scored two runs to lead the Baltimore Orioles over the Kansas City Royals.
Tatis, who was released by Tampa Bay in spring training in 2004 and did not play professional baseball the past two seasons, doubled in the seventh and scored on a fielding error by third baseman Mark Teahen.
In the Orioles’ two-run eighth, Javy Lopez led off with a double, advanced on Corey Patterson’s bunt single and scored on pinch-hitter Nick Markakis’ groundout. Tatis drove in the second run with a groundout to make it 6-3.
Jeff Conine, who had four hits Wednesday, had a two-run single in the third as the Orioles took a 2-0 lead.
The Royals opened the fifth with consecutive singles by Mark Grudzielanek, Teahen, Matt Stairs and Emil Brown. Brown’s single drove in one run and Kansas City tied it on Angel Berroa’s sacrifice fly.
Kevin Millar homered to left with one out in the sixth off reliever Brandon Duckworth (1-5) to put the Orioles ahead 3-2.
Teahen’s error gave the Orioles a 4-2 lead and Berroa’s second sacrifice fly made it a one-run game in the seventh.
Grudzielanek had an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth.