Jason Berken battled through a tough ninth inning on Tuesday night, but ended up the loser after giving up a leadoff walk in the 10th. The Kansas City Royals, who are very tough to beat at home, took advantage with a single and a sacrifice fly to open the series with a hard-fought 6-5 victory.
No need for the Orioles to hang their heads after a tense, well-contested game, but they handed the bullpen another lead that lasted just one batter when Jeremy Accardo came on to give up an immediate game-tying home run to Jeff Francour in the bottom of the sixth. That was deflating, but it wasn't particularly surprising. The bullpen has allowed six home runs in the last seven games.
The loss dropped the Orioles two games under .500 after they opened the road trip with three straight victories to get back to sea level.