Baltimore Orioles defeat Kansas City Royals, 6-4

Inside a clubhouse where virtually every player is tagged with a nickname, Chris Gomez is known as "fresh hands" among his Orioles teammates because he went long stretches without playing last season.

Whether it was due to injuries or a set lineup, he spent a considerable amount of time on the bench.

Gomez proved last night that those same hands can influence a game.

Royals@Orioles Today, 1:35 p.m., Ch. 13, MASN2, 105.7 FM Starters: Zack Greinke (1-1, 1.38) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (0-0, 3.18)

Gomez grand slam

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, first baseman Chris Gomez drilled the ball over the left-field fence, turning a lackluster effort from the Orioles into a two-run lead. His grand slam came just after Kevin Millar's pop fly dropped between three Royals. It was Gomez's second career grand slam and the team's second in two games. After 12 games, the Orioles have hit more grand slams (two) than they did all last season.

Bottom's up


Jeremy Guthrie, who will start today's series finale against the Kansas City Royals, said he doesn't need to change anything in his approach.

"My goals always are to try to get ahead early and make them put it in play," Guthrie said. "So that's what I'll try and do to hopefully give the team the most innings I can with [a] limited pitch count - just because of not having started and not having built up a huge pitch count."

Manager Sam Perlozzo said he would like Guth...