After getting their best offensive player back and ending their scoreless drought, the Kansas City Royals hope they can generate some momentum before the All-Star break.
They’ll try to build on their first win after a season-high eight-game slide when they continue a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles.
Mike Sweeney returned after missing six games with back stiffness and sparked the Royals offense Friday. The first baseman ended Kansas City’s club-record streak of 32 scoreless innings with a two-run double in the sixth inning to help the Royals to a 7-0 victory over the Orioles.
“It was a sigh of relief, not only for me but for the team,” said Sweeney, who went 3-for-5 with four RBIs Friday. He was batting .300 (15-for-50) with three homers and nine RBIs in his last 12 games before his injury.
“I’ve been out for six games and three of them we got shut out. It was just a relief to be back in the lineup and contribute a little bit and help this team win.”
Angel Berroa, mired in an 0-for-12 slump, also had a two-RBI double for the Royals, who were batting .156 during their skid and were outscored 60-16 in that span.
The win Friday was just the Royals second in their last 15 games, the other a 4-3 victory over the Orioles at Kauffman Stadium on June 29. On Friday, Baltimore had no extra-base hits and no runners reached second base.
“We just couldn’t put anything together,” said Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli Friday. “We didn’t seem like ourselves out there.”
Baltimore lost its third straight and 11th of their last 17 games at Camden Yards.