KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Thursday brought more difficult news for the already challenged Orioles. Adam Jones became the second regular sidelined in the past five days. By the time the game was over, there was no word on his status.
J.J. Hardy is already on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin, and Jones could be sidelined for some time, too.
Jones ran into the left-center field wall in the first inning chasing a ground-rule double by Ben Zobrist. He left in the third as the Orioles lost to the Kansas City Royals 5-3 before 31,155 on Thursday.
The Orioles (63-64) lost for the third time in four games against the Royals (78-49). The road trip concludes with three games in Texas beginning Friday night.
Yordano Ventura struck out 11 in six innings. He fanned Gerardo Parra, Chris Davis and Matt Wieters in the first, two more in the second, third and fourth.
The only hit the Orioles had in the first five innings was Paul Janish’s third inning single. Janish pinch hit for Jones. Parra moved to center field.
Chris Tillman allowed the ground-rule double to Zobrist that injured Jones in the first, but didn’t allow any runs until the fourth.
Mike Moustakas doubled and scored on Salvador Perez’s RBI single. After Alex Rios singled, Paulo Orlando’s sacrifice fly to right put Kansas City ahead 2-0.
Zobrist singled with one out in the fifth. Kendrys Morales walked, and Moustakas’ single scored Zobrist, and it was 3-0. Janish ended the inning with a great stop on a grounder by Salvador Perez, and he started a double play.
Janish had a sixth inning single for the Orioles second hit.
Orlando homered with one out in the sixth for a 4-0 lead.
Tillman (9-8) allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings.
Ventura (8-7) left after six. He allowed the two hits and walked four.
Ryan Flaherty homered off Kelvin Herrera in the seventh, but Kansas City got the run back in the bottom of seventh on an RBI single by Moustakas off Jorge Rondon.
Moustakas was 8-for-14 in the series with seven RBIs.
The Orioles scored two in the ninth against Greg Holland on an RBI doubles by Caleb Joseph and a run-scoring single by Manny Machado.
NOTES: Kevin Gausman (2-5, 4.30) faces Cole Hamels (7-8, 3.82) on Friday night at 8:05 p.m. when the Orioles begin a three-game series in Texas. … The game was delayed 1 hour, 35 minutes at the start because of rain. … Kansas City pitchers recorded 14 strikeouts.
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