The Orioles and starter Radhames Liz fell behind 1-0 three batters into the game, and it took only one big swing. Alex Gordon hit his 11th home run, and it traveled 425 feet over the flag court in right field. Gordon became the fourth player this season to put a ball onto Eutaw Street and the third opposing player, joining Jason Giambi (twice) and Lance Berkman. Nick Markakis is the only Orioles representative. Forty-five homers have landed on Eutaw since the ballpark opened in 1992.
PILING ON EARLY
The Orioles responded to Gordon's blast by scoring six unanswered runs off Royals starter Luke Hochevar, including four in the third inning. Aubrey Huff had an RBI single in the first, and Brandon Fahey doubled in the second to score Adam Jones. Ramon Hernandez's bases-loaded single scored two more runs in the third, and Jones followed with a two-run single. Jones looked as if he would be an easy out at the plate in the second inning, but Royals shortstop Mike Aviles hesitated before throwing home, taking a quick glance at second base before realizing that Jones had not stopped at third.
Adam Loewen returned to the mound for the Orioles, this time in a relief role. He hadn't pitched in a major league game since April 24 because of a sore left elbow that forced him to the disabled list. Coming out of the bullpen for the first time since July 21, 2006, and the fourth time in his career, Loewen allowed two singles and walked a batter in the seventh without allowing a run. He retired the side in order in the eighth.
The Orioles get their 17th look at Gil Meche tonight (7:05), and the second this season, as their series against the Royals continues at Camden Yards. Meche took the loss May 9 after allowing five runs - including two homers - and six hits in five innings. He has won his past three starts. Daniel Cabrera starts tonight for the Orioles, still searching for his first win since May 20. He went the distance in a May 8 victory over the Royals, holding them to one run and three hits.