It looked like the Royals might break their eight-game losing streak against the Orioles, but they were done in by the Robinsons as Baltimore picked up a 7-5 win in 10 innings at Memorial Stadium.
Buck Martinez tried to play the hero for Kansas City. He led off the top of the eighth with a solo home run off reliever Eddie Watt to break a 4-4 tie. But Frank Robinson answered with a leadoff home run of his own in the bottom of the inning, off Royals reliever Moe Drabowsky.
Dave Morehead escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth, getting Paul Blair to ground into a double play to end the inning. It was only a temporary reprieve, though. Galen Cisco entered the game for the bottom of the 10th, gave up a single to Frank Robinson, and with one out, surrendered the game-winning blast to Brooks Robinson.
The Martinez home run was not the only time it looked like the Royals might break their streak, which extended back to the teams’ second meeting. In the second inning of this game, Kansas City scored two runs. Facing Orioles starter Jim Hardin, Ed Kirkpatrick led off with a triple. With one out, Joe Foy singled for a 1-0 lead. Jerry Adair grounded into a forceout at second. But singles from Jackie Hernandez and pitcher Roger Nelson brought Adair around for a second run.
Baltimore got one run back in the bottom of the second, then took the lead in the third inning. An error on first baseman Foy with one out opened the door, and Baltimore kicked it in with a Paul Blair home run, Frank Robinson triple, and Boog Powell sacrifice fly.
Kansas City tied the score in the seventh. With one out, light-hitting shortstop Jackie Hernandez homered. Pinch-hitter Mike Fiore worked a walk, and Paul Schaal and Joe Keough each singled against new pitcher Dick Hall to tie the game. But Hall got the next two outs, keeping the game tied.
The loss dropped the Royals to 44-63 on the season. They were in fourth place in the AL West, 22 games behind Minnesota.
Box score and play-by-play: https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BAL/BAL196908050.shtml
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