Bannister Pitches Royals Past O's

KC ends 12-game losing streak against Baltimore
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2008 5:25 PM CDT
Baltimore Orioles' Melvin Mora (6) is caught in a rundown while Royals second baseman Mark Grudzielanek, right, moves to backup the play in the sixth inning in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, May 11, 2008.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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(Newser) – Brian Bannister allowed two singles in eight innings and Kansas City beat Baltimore 4-0 Sunday to end its 12-game skid against the Orioles. Bannister struck out five and walked two to end a personal four-game losing streak. He did not allow a runner to reach second. Joakim Soria tossed a perfect ninth to finish the Royals’ fourth shutout of the year.

Bannister had been 0-4 with an 8.02 ERA and had allowed 33 hits in 21 1-3 innings over his previous four starts. Defensively, KC’s Joey Gathright took an extra-base hit away from Adam Jones when he made a leaping catch before crashing into the center-field fence in the second. Brian Burres (3-4) allowed four runs in six-plus innings for Baltimore.