Royals fall

to Nationals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Despite a 6-0 lead after two innings, the Kansas City Royals managed to drop their sixth straight, falling to the Washington Nationals 11-10 Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Home runs for Eric Hosmer and Justin Maxwell gave the Royals a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Kansas City added three more in the second on an Alex Gordon RBI double, a Hosmer RBI single and Billy Butler single.

Denard Span hit an RBI triple for Washington in the third inning. A three-run Bryce Harper double and two-run Jayson Werth home run capped a seven-run fourth inning for the Nationals. Washington added three runs in the top of the seventh, two on errors.

The Royals mounted one more rally in the ninth inning that finished a run short.

Ian Desmond and Tyler Moore both finished three for five hitting for Washington. Anthony Rendon finished two for four.

For Kansas City, Hosmer finished three for three. Gordon was three for four. Butler and Maxwell both finished two for five.

Tanner Roark threw 4 2-3 innings of relief for Washington to improve to 4-0. Rafael Soriano got the save. Bruce Chen, 5-2, took the loss for the Royals.

The two teams meet at 6:10 p.m. today.

Washington 001 700 300 —11 13 1

Kan.City 330 100 003 —10 13 1

Gonzalez, Roark (W, 4-0), 4, Storen 9, Soriano (S, 33) 9 and Ramos; Chen (L, 5-2), Coleman 4, Collins 6, Herrera 7, Mendoza 8 and Perez. HR — W: Werth (19). KC: Hosmer (15), Maxwell (6). Time — 3:27. Attendance — 28,733.

Fire shut out

Sporting KC

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Defender Hunter Jumper scored, Sean Johnson made four saves and the Chicago Fire beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0 on Friday night.

The Fire's win was their third in their past four matches and moved them to .500 (10-10-4) for the season with 34 points in the Eastern Conference.

Sporting K.C. fell to 11-9-6 and remains tied with New York on top of the East with 39 points.

Jumper, in only his second appearance of the season, found his way into the goal box and headed a pass from Mike Magee past Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen while on his knees.

Hunter was about a foot off the ground when he scored. The goal, in the 13th minute, finished off a furious offensive start for the Fire.

Kansas City, with striker Claudio Bieler on the bench after a five-match scoreless streak, failed to rally.

In earning his fourth shutout of the season, Johnson turned back midfielder Graham Zusi's bouncing shot from near the penalty kick spot in the 54th minute and defender Seth Sinovic's 5-yard kick in the 84th minute.

Chicago nearly had a second goal in the 72nd minute, but Nielsen got a fingertip on substitute Patrick Nyarko's hard shot and deflected it off the crossbar.

The Fire played with Mike Matkovich as acting head coach. Head coach Frank Klopas was serving a suspension for his ejection from last Saturday's loss at New England.