By Jeffrey Flanagan and Brittany Ghiroli
KANSAS CITY -- Wei-Yin Chen threw 6 2/3 serviceable innings, giving up just three runs, and the Orioles' offense belted five home runs in an 8-5 victory over the Royals on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
The Orioles snapped a season-long six-game losing streak, while the Royals lost for just the third time in 12 games.
"It's not relief, that means that it's not going to happen again," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of getting back in the win column. "There's so much negativism around you when things are going poorly and there's so much over positive-ness when things are going well. You try to stay in reality. But because of the reality of how many games we have left and where we are trying to get, it does put a different spin on it at this time of the year."
Johnny Cueto endured his second straight shaky start for the Royals. Cueto, who gave up six earned runs in his last outing, gave up six more earned runs this time in just five innings.
"It feels a little weird because [back-to-back bad starts] doesn't happen to me often," Cueto said through interpreter Pedro Grifol. "... I felt good. I had strong energy. But I'm not a robot. It was a bad outing. I'll get better."
Added Royals manager Ned Yost, "All three balls they hit homers on, they did damage on, were just spinning cutters. Kind of maybe just flying open a little bit, not getting that bite on that cutter."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Schoop leads power surge: After Machado's two-run blast put Baltimore on the board, Schoop clobbered a 1-2 cutter from Cueto for a two-run shot of his own. Schoop's fourth-inning blast -- which gave the O's a 4-2 lead and was projected by Statcast™ to travel 484 feet from the plate -- marked the fifth time out of his 10 homers that he's put the O's in front. It was one of five home runs for the Orioles, who are third in the Majors. More >
"Every time we step on the field, we want to do our best. We want to complete, we want to win," Schoop said. "It feels good to get five home runs today."
RBIs keep coming for Mo:Kendrys Morales had a double and scored in the second inning, then lined a sharp single to right-center in the sixth to drive in Ben Zobrist. Morales now has 87 RBIs on the season.
Chen escapes: The lefty worked his way around 11 baserunners, but managed to navigate out of any major trouble. Chen has surrendered three earned runs or fewer in each of his 11 road outings this season.
"I think my breaking ball was working good enough today, so I was able to mess up the hitters' timing," Chen, through his interpreter, said of avoiding damage. "Also, Matt [Wieters] called a great game for me, so I think that's also one of the reasons."
Moose sizzling:Mike Moustakas had two more hits, including his 15th homer, and extended his hitting streak to seven games. He's 11-for-28. And in that span, the Royals' third baseman had three doubles, four homers and 10 RBIs. His homer, a two-run shot, made it 7-5 in the eighth. More >
Moustakas has been working hard with hitting coach Dale Sveum over the past few weeks and has made some mechanical adjustments.
"I'm getting a little bit more comfortable at the plate," Moustakas said. "I've always been a hands hitter and I just started using my hands a little more."
"We can't let up against this team. This is a good team. No matter how big the lead is, we have to keep our foot on the gas pedal." -- Pearce, on the Royals
WHAT'S NEXT Orioles: Right-hander Chris Tillman will start on Thursday at 2:10 p.m. ET in the finale of this four-game road set. Tillman's streak of seven straight winning decisions ended in his last start on Saturday against the Twins, when he allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings for his first loss since May 31.
Royals: Right-hander Yordano Ventura will get the ball on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. CT for the series finale at Kauffman Stadium. Ventura has posted three straight quality starts and has allowed just three runs over his last 19 innings -- winning his last start against the Red Sox.