Closer Kevin Gregg can make you sweat -- like when he went 3-0 on Billy Butler to open the bottom of the ninth inning -- but he came back to get Butler and worked around a walk to Jeff Francoeur to nail down the 3-2 victory and assure the Orioles of a winning road trip going into tomorrow afternoon's series finale.
Nick Markakis drove in two runs with a single and a home run and Mark Reynolds had a nice night at the plate, but it was the decision by Adam Jones not to pick up the ball that was stuck under the fence in the eighth inning that kept the Royals from scoring two runs and tying the game.
"You have to know every outfield,'' Jones said on the MASN postgame show. "That was a guaranteed triple."
There's no guarantee the Royals would have gotten Mike Aviles home from third with one out, but Jones' heads-up play probably saved the game.