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Kansas City Royals shut out Baltimore Orioles, split four-game series

Sep 9, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Kansas City Royals shortstop Nicky Lopez (8) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 9, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Kansas City Royals shortstop Nicky Lopez (8) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Nicky Lopez had a home run and an RBI single for the first two Kansas City RBIs as the Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-0 to earn a split of the four-game series in Baltimore.

Carlos Hernandez (6-1) picked up the win. He allowed just three hits with six scoreless innings. Domingo Tapia (two innings) and Scott Barlow kept the Orioles (45-94) off the board with three scoreless innings, one night after the bullpen allowed nine runs in the eighth inning.

John Means (5-7) took the loss with the lack of run support. He allowed two runs (one scored after he left the game) on five hits in seven-plus innings. He struck out five and walked two.

Lopez put the Royals (63-77) on the scoreboard with a one-out home run in the first. It was Lopez’ second home run of the season, and it extended his on-base streak to a career high 19 games.

The Orioles had a chance to tie the score in the bottom of the second with three straight singles. But they got a little greedy and catcher Pedro Severino was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Andrew Benintendi. It was Baltimore’s last hit of the night.

Hernandez struggled with his control, walking three in six innings. But he kept the Orioles off the board, stranding five runners in the second through fourth innings.

It was the sixth time Means has pitched seven or more innings, but the first time since May 24.

Lopez singled with one out in the eighth, driving in Hunter Dozier and extending the lead. Dozier led off the eighth with a double that ended Means’ night. Salvador Perez followed Lopez’s single with one of his own. Benintendi drove in Lopez with his own RBI single, and Carlos Santana drove in the third run of the inning with an RBI groundout.

Dozier hit a two-run home run in the ninth for the final Kansas City runs.

–Field Level Media