Luke Hochevar (3-4) pitched well for six innings. His big miscue was the two-run homer by Adam Jones in the fourth and he ran into trouble in the seventh, allowing back-to-back singles by Wilson Betemit and Chris Davis, the start of a three-run inning for the Orioles as the Royals lost 5-3 Thursday afternoon.
Hochevar was pulled after Davis’ base hit, which center fielder Jarrod Dyson misplayed as the ball bounced in front of him and went to the wall, allowing Betemit to score. Reliever Aaron Crow came into the game and got two quick outs, but then walked No. 9 hitter Luis Exposito and leadoff hitter Xavier Avery to load the bases. Hardy followed with a two-run single.
Humberto Quintero’s two-run double and Johnny Giavotella’s RBI single to right brought in the runs for Kansas City. His second multi-RBI game in as many days.