The Kansas City Royals didn't need another game-ending home run to win. Carlos Beltran's ninth-inning single was good enough.
The Royals, who won their last three games on ''walk-off'' homers, kept up their string of last at-bat wins when Beltran's single gave them a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.
''It's all about attitude,'' manager Tony Muser said of the Royals' start, which included a 6-1 opening homestand.
''These guys grew up a lot last year,'' Muser said. ''They were relaxed and methodical in spring training and focused on areas that needed work. Now they are playing together as a team.''
The Royals, who blew a 5-0 lead before rallying in the bottom of the ninth, got game-ending homers the past three days from Johnny Damon, Mark Johnson and Rey Sanchez.
''I know it's early, but the feeling we have in this clubhouse is very special,'' said Mike Sweeney, who hit his league-leading sixth home run in the first inning. ''The crowd sticks around, even when we get down. It's an exciting time for us.''
In other games, it was New York 5, Texas 1; Tampa Bay 6, the White Sox 5 in 12 innings; Boston 4, Minnesota 3; and Detroit 2, Seattle 0.
Sanchez, whose three-run, ninth-inning homer gave Kansas City a 7-6 win Wednesday over Baltimore, led off the ninth with a single off B.J. Ryan (1-1).
Damon followed with a sacrifice bunt and Carlos Febles walked. Beltran followed with a single that dropped just in front of left fielder B.J. Surhoff, whose throw to the plate wasn't in time to catch Sanchez.
In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers seem to enjoy playing at Pacific Bell Park, even if it is the new home of their archrivals.
The Dodgers spoiled the Giants' inaugural series at their new ballpark in downtown San Francisco by sweeping the three-game set.
Shawn Green had three hits Thursday night, including his first home run for Los Angeles, as the Dodgers beat San Francisco 11-7. Earlier, the Dodgers won 6-5 in the completion of a game suspended from the previous night by rain.
The three-game sweep was Los Angeles' first in San Francisco since April 1981. The Dodgers, led by Kevin Elster's three homers, beat the Giants 6-5 Tuesday night.
In other NL games, Chicago edged Atlanta 3-2; Arizona beat San Diego 5-4; New York defeated Philadelphia 2-1; Pittsburgh edged Montreal 4-3; Milwaukee blanked Florida 4-0; and Colorado topped St. Louis 12-6.
Carlos Perez (1-1) recovered from a poor first outing and pitched six strong innings for the victory in the nightcap. He gave up three runs and six hits, struck out three and walked one as the Dodgers won their fourth straight.
Jeff Shaw got the final two outs in the ninth for his fourth save, and second of the day.
The Dodgers used five hits, a hit batter and a throwing error to take a 6-0 lead in the first off Mark Gardner (1-1) and send the Giants to their fifth straight loss.
Green and Gary Sheffield had RBI singles, Adrian Beltre a two-run single, Dave Hansen an RBI double and Chad Kreuter a run-scoring groundout.
''We were hoping to come off the road .500, and we wind up 6-3,'' Green said. ''This is great.''
Barry Bonds' two-run homer in the first cut the lead to 6-2, but Gardner allowed a two-out home run to Green in the second, then left with a strained right groin. He is listed as day-to-day.
''I'm frustrated and disappointed,'' Gardner said. ''I wanted to come and stop the losing streak.''
It doesn't get any easier for the Giants, who start a home series with Randy Johnson and the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight.
In the completion of the suspended game, Beltre drove in two runs 15 hours apart to lead the Dodgers over the Giants.
The Dodgers scored three runs in the seventh inning off Ben Weber (0-1) to erase a one-run deficit.
Terry Adams (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings of one-hit relief to earn the victory, and Shaw pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.
Rich Aurilia homered and drove in three runs for the Giants.
Cubs 3, Braves 2
Pinch-hitter Jose Nieves slapped a game-winning single to right with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Chicago capped a three-game sweep of Atlanta.
Shane Andrews was hit by a pitch from Mike Remlinger (0-1) to start the bottom of the ninth and moved to second on Jeff Reed's sacrifice. Damon Buford struck out before Nieves singled.
Mark Guthrie (2-1) pitched 1 2-3 hitless innings.
Diamondbacks 5, Padres 4
Steve Finley hit a pair of two-run homers to lead Arizona over San Diego, which wore camouflage jerseys and green hats to honor the city's large Navy and Marine Corps population.
Finley homered twice off Sterling Hitchcock (0-1).
Phil Nevin provided all of San Diego's runs on two homers off Brian Anderson (1-0).
Mets 2, Phillies 1
Mike Piazza's tie-breaking RBI double with two outs in the top of the ninth helped New York snap a four-game losing streak.
Jay Payton singled with one out off Philadelphia's Scott Aldred (0-1). With two outs, Piazza hit a liner to left-center off Amaury Telemaco and Payton barely beat Mickey Morandini's relay throw to score the winning run.
Dennis Cook (2-0) got Rico Brogna to pop out with two runners on in the eighth.
Pirates 4, Expos 3
Bruce Aven and Jason Kendall hit two-out, RBI singles in the bottom of the ninth as Pittsburgh rallied against Montreal closer Ugueth Urbina.
Warren Morris hit a one-out single off Urbina (0-1), who blew his second save in four chances. One out later, Adrian Brown singled to set up Aven's pinch-hit single that tied it. Kendall followed with a single up the middle.
Jose Silva (2-0) got the win despite allowing a go-ahead single to Vladimir Guerrero in the top of the ninth.
Brewers 4, Marlins 0
Jason Bere allowed three hits and struck out nine in seven innings to lead Milwaukee over visiting Florida.
Bere (2-0) allowed two singles in the second, escaping a bases-loaded jam by striking out pitcher Brad Penny to end the inning. Bere also allowed a third-inning single to Brant Brown.
Rockies 12, Cardinals 6
Todd Helton and Mike Lansing each drove in three runs in a 10-run second inning to lead Colorado over St. Louis at home.
Colorado shelled former Rockie Darryl Kile (2-1) for eight hits and 11 runs in just 1 2-3 innings.
Reliever Rick Croushore (1-0) pitched three hitless innings to earn the victory.
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