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Terry Adams allowed two runs in the ninth to take the blown save and the loss today against the Royals.
Adams deserved better. He entered the game in the eighth and got Matt Stairs to pop out, bailing Kerry Ligtenberg out of the jam. He gave up a flare single to start the ninth and then got consecutive groundouts, moving the runner to the third. On the first grounder, a better defensive first baseman than Carlos Delgado might have turned the double play, resulting in an easy inning for Adams. That didn't happen, though. With two outs and a man on third, Adams pitched around Carlos Beltran to get to Mike Sweeney. Sweeney ended up hitting a hard grounder that ate up third baseman Eric Hinske. It would have taken a very good play to turn the shot into the out, but Hinske should have at least kept the ball in the infield. When he didn't, Beltran came around to score all the way from first. This wasn't an outing that should hurt Adams' stock at all, but it would certainly be for the best if the right-hander converts his next couple of chances
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