The Royals decided not to give Curt Schilling a warm welcome back as a starting pitcher. Kansas City scored six runs in Schilling’s first start since April in a 7-4 win at Kauffman stadium.
The Royals got to Schilling in the second inning with a three-run rally. Denny Hocking and Paul Phillips, who were hitting eighth and ninth in the lineup, got the rally going with back-to-back RBI singles. Later in the inning Terrence Long drove in the final run of the inning with a single. Long finished with two RBI’s.
Leading 4-2 in the fourth inning, the Royals added to their lead when Hocking scored from first base on David DeJesus’ double. Later in the inning, Long drove in DeJesus with a sacrifice fly to make it 6-2.
Emil Brown was responsible for the Royals’ final run of the game with a 422-foot home run, his 11th of the season.
Schilling lasted five innings and was charged with six runs. Royals’ starter Jose Lima (5-12) gave up three runs off five hits and two walks over five innings to get his fifth win of the season.
Mike MacDougal put the side down in order in the ninth inning to earn his 17th save of the season.