advanced the runners with a sacrifice and Martin, hitting for
, lined a 1-2 pitch past a diving Febles to the warning track in right-center field for a tying triple.
"Well, MacDougal, he throws 1,000 miles per hour and has a nasty curve," Martin said. "After two strikes, I really just wanted to put the ball in play and hit it up the middle."
"He fouled off a high fastball then laid off a good breaking ball down and out of the zone," Piniella said. "Then he got a breaking ball up and he hit it. That's a good, professional at-bat."
Lugo followed Martin's second triple of the season by sending MacDougal's next pitch into right field. The hit saddled the Royals with their first loss in 38 games this season when holding an opponent to three runs or fewer.
"Anytime you lose a game like that, of course, it bothers you," Kansas City manager
said. "MacDougal threw the ball real well. It was a ground ball to the second baseman and he didn't make the play and that opened up the game right there."
"I felt I threw all right," MacDougal added. "They got a couple of hits and it turned out bad for me."
MacDougal's seventh blown save in 32 chances spoiled an outstanding outing by starter
, who allowed four hits and struck out six in six scoreless innings.
It also was the Royals' 22nd blown save of the season and their seventh loss in 60 games when leading after eight innings.
(1-0) tossed two scoreless frames for his first major league win. He entered after starter
gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings.
opened the scoring in the fourth with an RBI double and Berroa hit a run-scoring single that staked May to a 2-0 lead. But with one out and runners at the corner, Febles bounced into a double play.
The Royals wasted two chances to pad their lead. With runners at second and third, Harvey flied to right to end the fifth. In the sixth, Febles lined into a double play with two on.
May threw 103 pitches and cruised through five innings. With two on in the sixth, the lefthander got Hall to fly out and Lee to bounce into a double play.