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Redman gets last laugh with an All-Star outing

Redman gets last laugh with an All-Star outing

Royals veteran Mark Redman heard it all for five days now - and swallowed it all quietly - about not deserving his selection to the American League All-Star team.He became a national punch line, characterized as one of the worst, perhaps the very worst, selection in All-Star history.
On Thursday night, the punch line punched back.
Redman pitched eight strong innings and won his sixth straight decision in a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium.
Redman, 6-4, allowed two runs and five hits in his eight-plus innings while striking out two and walking two in a 111-pitch performance. He exited after allowing a homer and a single in the ninth inning.
Joel Peralta closed out the victory in a nonsave situation.
Redman will be the Royals' only player at the All-Star Game on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. He was picked Sunday as a reserve by AL manager Ozzie Guillen of the White Sox despite a 5.59 ERA at the time.
The Royals won for the 14th time in 21 games and, at 30-54, are ahead of last year's pace, when they stood 29-55 after 84 games with a 19-game losing streak on the horizon.
The Royals had five doubles and one homer among their nine hits. Mark Teahen extended his hitting streak to nine games with a homer and a double. Doug Mientkiewicz had two RBI doubles, while Tony Graffanino scored three times.
Toronto starter Ty Taubenheim fell to 1-5 after giving up four runs and five hits in just 2-2/3 innings.
Redman retired the first nine hitters before Reed Johnson opened the fourth with a walk. A double play erased Johnson before Vernon Wells got Toronto's first hit with a two-out single to right.
Redman carried a one-hitter into the seventh before losing the chance for his second career shutout. He issued a one-out walk to Troy Glaus, who went to second on Shea Hillenbrand's single. Bengie Molina flied out to right.
Then two breaks, one for each team.
Lyle Overbay's low liner struck the mound's incline and caromed into center for an RBI single. Next, Aaron Hill appeared to chop a pitch off his front foot; umpire Jerry Meals ruled otherwise. Either way, the ball squirted into fair territory, and Redman threw to first for the out.
The Blue Jays got their other run on Wells' leadoff homer in the ninth. Glaus followed with a single to right, which prompted manager Buddy Bell to summoned Peralta.
Redman got a standing ovation from the crowd of 10,858 as he walked to the dugout and tipped his cap in appreciation.
The Royals grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when Mientkiewicz followed Graffanino's infield single with a double into the right-center gap.
Teahen made it 2-0 with a leadoff homer in the second. It was his seventh homer of the season, which matched his total of last season as a rookie.
The Royals knocked out Taubenheim in a two-run third. Graffanino led off with a walk and went to third on Reggie Sanders' one-out double. Both scored on Emil Brown's two-out single.
That finished Taubenheim.
The Royals extended their lead to 6-0 by scoring twice in the fourth against lefty Scott Downs. One run scored on a throwing error by shortstop John McDonald before Mientkiewicz delivered his second RBI double.
Mientkiewicz has 11 RBIs in his last 10 games.
In other American League action: NY Yankees 10, Cleveland 4; Boston 12, Tampa Bay 5; Kansas City 6, Toronto 2; Oakland 7, LA Angels 5.
In National League action: Washington 8, Florida 7, 11 innings; NY Mets 7, Pittsburgh 5; Milwaukee 2, Chicago Cubs 0; Atlanta 8, Cincinnati 7, 10 innings; San Diego 5, Philadelphia 3; Houston 4, St. Louis 2; San Francisco 5, LA Dodgers 4.


Updated : 2021-10-16 16:04 GMT+08:00