Royals score 7 in the 6th, beat Orioles in series-opener

Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante, bottom, slides under Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado after hitting a two-run triple during the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Omar Infante led a seven-run charge in the sixth inning to support a strong start by Kris Medlen, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-3 on Monday night.

Despite working on a pitch count, Medlen (2-0) lasted six innings in his first start since Sept. 27, 2013, with Atlanta. The right-hander allowed five hits – one of them a two-run homer by Adam Jones in the first inning – while striking out six without a walk.

Medlen, who returned last month after his second Tommy John surgery, made seven appearances out of the Kansas City bullpen before replacing Jeremy Guthrie in the starting rotation.

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