Luke Hochevar, who had won four straight decisions, gave up 11 hits as the Royals lost to the Orioles, 7-3, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Thursday afternoon.
Ty Wigginton hit a solo home run in the second inning and then the Orioles got to Hochevar with four runs in the fifth inning.
After a Matt Wieters lead off double and Hochevar got two outs before running into trouble. Felix Pie singled, and Hochevar walked anyone Adam Jones to load bases the bases. Nick Markakis got a RBI single and Aubrey Huff cleared the bases with a double. Hochevar gave up two more runs in the sixth, his final inning. There were two outs when Cesar Izturis and Brian Roberts hit back-to-back doubles and Pie singled for a 7-0 lead.
Baltimore’s Brad Bergesen shut down Kansas City until the seventh inning, Alex Gordon walked and scored on a David DeJesus single. With the bases loaded, Billy Butler hit a shot that caught Bergesen in the left leg. The force of the blow sent the ball bouncing back to catcher Wieters, who threw out Butler. But Bergesen limped off.
Mark Hendrickson, came on and gave up a double to Alberto Callaspo and a home run to John Buck, his fourth homer of the season.