PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals didn't play like a last-place team against the NL East on Friday night.
Matt Stairs homered twice and Benito Santiago hit a three-run
shot, leading the Royals over the Philadelphia Phillies 10-4.The victory was costly because Santiago broke his left hand and
will miss six to eight weeks."It's a huge loss for us," Stairs said. "He's the backbone of
the team. He controls the game back there."Chris George (1-0) allowed four runs and nine hits -- all singles
-- in 6 2/3 innings, helping the Royals win their third straight
game -- each by the same score. They beat Atlanta the previous two
games.Kansas City, which has the AL's worst record, has won five of
seven and is 18-18 since an 8-20 start. The Royals are 6-4 in
interleague games against the NL East."We have been swinging the bats well, and it's nice to see it
carry over," Royals manager Tony Pena said.It was the Royals' first game in Philadelphia since the Phillies
beat them in Game 6 of the 1980 World Series at Veterans Stadium to
clinch the only championship in franchise history.Santiago's three-run homer off Paul Abbott (0-1) gave the Royals
a 4-0 lead in the first. Santiago left in the sixth after a pitch
by Geoff Geary hit the back of his left hand."It cracked pretty good," Santiago said. "It's a hard thing
to go through right now, but there's nothing I can do."Santiago, 39, signed a $4.3 million, two-year contract in
December after playing three seasons with San Francisco.Royals backup catcher Kelly Stinnett also was hit in the left
hand by a pitch from Elizardo Ramirez in the ninth, but stayed in.The Phillies have lost two in a row, falling to 16-16 in their
new stadium."When you fall behind early like that, it's tough to catch
up," said Phillies manager Larry Bowa, a shortstop on the 1980
championship team.George retired 15 straight before allowing four consecutive
two-out singles in the seventh. He left after Placido Polanco's RBI
single cut it to 9-4.Jaime Cerda came in and walked Bobby Abreu to load the bases,
but retired Jim Thome on a hard grounder to first to end the
inning."I just wanted to get a good pitch to hit and hit it good,"
Thome said, frustrated by the shift defenses play against him.Abbott gave up four runs and five hits in four innings in his
second start with the Phillies. Signed last week after being
released by the Devil Rays, Abbott pitched five shutout innings in
a 2-1 victory over Minnesota last Sunday."The bullpen is beat up, so you've got to go longer than
that," Abbott said.Stairs' first homer gave the Royals a 5-2 lead in the sixth. His
two-run shot in the seventh made it 9-2."The ball carries well here. It's a good hitters' park and has
a good batter's eye," Stairs said.Angel Berroa had two doubles and a triple, and Joe Randa and Ken
Harvey each had two hits for Kansas City, which has 30 runs and 48
hits in its last three games.Abbott left after walking George and Tony Graffanino to start
the fifth. Geary came in and allowed a bunt single to Carlos
Beltran to load the bases. But Randa popped out to third base and
Harvey grounded into a double play.Geary, however, gave up six hits and five runs in the next two
The Royals are 10-21 on the road, but 5-2 in their last
seven games away from home. ... The Phillies are 9-2 on Fridays.
... A crowd of 43,571 gave the Phillies 15 sellouts this season.
... Philadelphia is 4-5 in interleague games.