Baltimore Orioles defeat Kansas City Royals, 7-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It was more of a hint than a directive, but the message was sent.

Orioles veteran starter Steve Trachsel needed to give the Orioles a chance to win last night after failing to accomplish that task in three of his past four starts or his rotation and roster spot would be in jeopardy.

Trachsel responded, and so did the Orioles' bats, in a 7-4 win against Kansas City, the Orioles' 11th straight victory over the Royals.

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A recap of the Orioles' 7-4 win over the Royals last night:

OFF THE BAT

It wasn't a good beginning for Orioles right-hander Steve Trachsel. After getting leadoff hitter David DeJesus to fly out in the first, Trachsel allowed an 0-2 single to Mark Teahen and then watched as his second pitch to Alex Gordon was crushed into the right-field seats for a 2-0 Kansas City lead. Trachsel settled in and didn't allow a run again. He left with one out in the sixth, eventually pi...