Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 8/10/12
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Luke Hochevar threw 90 pitches, 87 of which he found satisfactory. The other three cost him dearly. Hochevar yielded three home runs and didn't make it out of the sixth inning in the Kansas City Royals' 7-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. In his previous 22 starts, Hochevar (7-10) gave up a total of 13 homers. In this one, Omar Quintanilla hit a two-run drive in the second inning, and rookie Manny Machado connected in the fifth and sixth. Machado's second home run, with two aboard, gave Baltimore a secure 7-1 lead and ended Hochevar's night. "That's what it falls on: three mistakes that they didn't miss," Hochevar said. "Hitters don't usually miss mistakes at this level." Not even the 20-year-old Machado, who was playing in his second big league game. They were the first homers of his career. "These last two games he's played really well," Hochevar said. "He's hit mistakes, he's hit good pitches. He's having some really, really good at-bats. Pl...
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