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Big flies bite KC
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Pirates 5, Royals 3
Gil Meche had only allowed two home run this season before his last two starts. (AP)
Typically stingy with the long ball, Gil Meche allowed two home runs for the second straight start, and the Royals struggled to find their stroke against Pirates righty Virgil Vasquez, who made his first Major League appearance since 2007. Mark Teahen homered in the ninth, but the KC threat was cut short.
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Series at a glance:
KC
Kansas City (31-41)
Lost 2
Pittsburgh 5, Kansas City 3   PIT
Pittsburgh (34-39)
Won 3
June 26, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Kansas City
0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   3 7 0
Pittsburgh
0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 X   5 6 1
Standings thru 6/26/09  |  Recap: KC | PIT  |  Gameday  |  Royals stats  |  Pirates stats
Kansas City AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
DeJesus, LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .242
Maier, CF 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .233
  b-Pena, B, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333
  Wright, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Butler, B, 1B 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .283
Guillen, J, RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .257
Teahen, 3B 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 .285
Callaspo, 2B 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 .300
Olivo, C 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 .257
Pena, T, SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .088
  c-Jacobs, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .226
Meche, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
  Cruz, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Bloomquist, PH-CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273
Totals 33 3 7 3 2 9 6  

a-Grounded out for Cruz, J in the 8th. b-Singled for Maier in the 8th. c-Struck out for Pena, T in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Callaspo (19, Vasquez, V), Olivo (9, Vasquez, V), Guillen, J (8, Vasquez, V).
HR: Teahen (9, 9th inning off Capps, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Teahen 4; Butler, B; Callaspo 2; Olivo 3; Guillen, J 2; Pena, B.
RBI: Callaspo (27), Olivo (30), Teahen (27).
2-out RBI: Teahen.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Teahen; Jacobs.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 5.

 
Pittsburgh AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
McCutchen, CF 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 .323
Morgan, LF 4 1 2 2 0 0 0 .267
Sanchez, F, 2B 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 .314
LaRoche, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .264
Moss, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .265
LaRoche, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .269
Jaramillo, C 3 1 1 1 0 1 1 .277
Wilson, Ja, SS 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 .285
Vasquez, V, P 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000
  a-Hinske, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .267
  Jackson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Burnett, S, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Capps, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 28 5 6 5 3 7 6  

a-Flied out for Vasquez, V in the 6th.

BATTING
HR: Morgan (2, 3rd inning off Meche, 1 on, 1 out), Jaramillo (3, 4th inning off Meche, 0 on, 1 out), Wilson, Ja (3, 6th inning off Cruz, J, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Sanchez, F; Wilson, Ja 4; LaRoche; Morgan 5; Jaramillo 4.
RBI: Morgan 2 (27), Jaramillo (18), Sanchez, F (31), Wilson, Ja (23).
2-out RBI: Wilson, Ja.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wilson, Ja.
SF: Sanchez, F.
Team RISP: 1-for-2.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
SB: McCutchen (4, 2nd base off Meche/Olivo).
CS: Morgan (8, 2nd base by Meche/Olivo).

FIELDING
E: Capps (1, missed catch).
Outfield assists: Moss (Pena, B at 2nd base).
DP: (Wilson, Ja-LaRoche-Sanchez, F).

 
Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Meche (L, 4-7) 5.0 5 4 4 3 3 2 4.27
Cruz, J 2.0 1 1 1 0 2 1 5.23
Wright, J 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.28
 
Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Vasquez, V (W, 1-0) 6.0 4 2 2 2 7 0 3.00
Jackson (H, 2) 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.40
Burnett, S (H, 6) 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.13
Capps (S, 17) 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 1 4.91

HBP: McCutchen (by Meche).
Pitches-strikes: Meche 84-47, Cruz, J 27-18, Wright, J 11-7, Vasquez, V 99-66, Jackson 13-9, Burnett, S 9-5, Capps 20-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Meche 6-4, Cruz, J 0-3, Wright, J 1-0, Vasquez, V 6-1, Jackson 2-1, Burnett, S 0-0, Capps 3-0.
Batters faced: Meche 23, Cruz, J 7, Wright, J 3, Vasquez, V 23, Jackson 4, Burnett, S 2, Capps 6.
Umpires: HP: Scott Barry. 1B: Phil Cuzzi. 2B: Tom Hallion. 3B: Jerry Crawford.
Weather: 81 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 15 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:26.
Att: 18,458.
Venue: PNC Park.
June 26, 2009
June 26, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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