KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- It wasn't the two-run single by J.J. Hardy in the seventh inning that caused the most angst for Royals reliever Aaron Crow, even though they wound up being the deciding runs.
It was the two walks that he issued before Hardy stepped to the plate.
They loaded the bases for the Orioles' shortstop, whose single snapped a tie and allowed Baltimore to squeak out a 5-3 victory over Kansas City on Thursday.
"I just didn't get the job done. Putting those two guys on gave them an extra run," Crow said. "In that situation, I need to go out and attack those guys, and if they beat you, so be it. I just can't give guys free bases and it ended up hurting me today."
It certainly hurt the Royals, whose bullpen squandered a two-run cushion in the ninth inning the previous night, and then gave up a homer to Adam Jones in the 15th inning for a 4-3 loss.
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