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Brewers Bumble, Lose to Royals

Darrin Jackson gambled and the Milwaukee Brewers lost.

"Unbelievable. Crazy," Milwaukee manager Phil Garner mumbled after Jackson was nailed while trying to score from second on an infield single for the last out in Kansas City's 8-7 victory Monday night.

"We were going to win the ball game. I just thought we would win it," Garner said.

The Brewers, fighting from behind all night, had Jackson at second base with two out when Jose Valentin hit a sharp grounder to the right of first baseman Jeff King, who dived and knocked the ball down.

King bobbled the ball once, then twice, and didn't even try to flip to Jeff Montgomery covering the bag. Then Jackson, after hesitating at third, tried to dart home with the tying run but King recovered and threw to catcher Sal Fasano.

Jackson was an easy out, and the Royals had broken a four-game home losing streak while handing the Brewers their sixth straight road loss.

"When he bobbled it, (third base coach Joel Youngblood) told me to go," said Jackson. "He bobbled it again and he told me to me to stay, but it was too late. I felt like I was lost. It was a terrible time for it to happen."

The Royals were good-naturedly congratulating King on his great defense.

"Believe me, I didn't plan it," he said. "With me on the ground and the ball on the ground, I don't think he knew what to do. By the time I did get the ball, I looked up and saw him in no-man's land."

Jose Offerman homered and hit his league-leading seventh triple as the Royals beat the Brewers in an interleague game that hardly felt like one.

The Brewers, who switched from the AL to the NL last November, have been visiting Kansas City since 1970, and it was the 361st meeting between the two.

Offerman also singled, had two RBIs and scored three runs and Hal Morris and Jeff King had two RBIs each. Offerman admitted he was hoping for one more at-bat to get a double for the cycle.

"It's something that's hard to get. I was looking for a shot. I never did it before," he said.

Royals starter Pat Rapp (5-5) gave up 11 hits and five runs in 5 2-3 innings. Montgomery pitched the ninth for his 12th save.

Offerman hit a solo shot, his third, of Jeff Juden (5-5) in the sixth to give the Royals an 8-5 lead and their first homer since June 1, a span of 64 innings.

The Royals scored a season-high four runs in the first inning on Offerman's RBI triple, RBI groundouts by Morris and Jeff Conine and Jermaine Dye's RBI single.

After Milwaukee made it 4-2 in the second, King had a two-run double in the second and Morris hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth to put the Royals on top 7-2.

Jenkins had a career-high four hits, including two doubles for the Brewers.

Rapp hi Jeff Cirillo leading off the fifth and then Jeremy Burnitz hit his 12th home run, making it 7-4.

The Brewers added a run in the sixth on Cirillo's RBI single and tacked on two more in the seventh on RBI doubles by Marquis Grisson and Valentin, who had four hits.

Notes: The Royals put left-handed pitcher Chris Haney on the 15-day disabled list Monday and recalled left-handed pitcher Jamie Walker from Triple-A Omaha. Haney injured his right hamstring while delivering a pitch on Sunday in Houston. ... The Brewers have activated infielder John Jaha from his rehabilitation assignment at Class-A Beloit and outrighted outfielder Eric Owens to Triple-A Louisville. Jaha went on the DL on April 23 with a ligament injury to his left foot. ... The four runs in the first doubled the Royals' previous high for an opening inning this season.

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