KANSAS CITY, MO., JULY 18 -- In a game that had at least three subplots, Mike Flanagan won for the first time in almost 11 months, Bo Jackson continued his hard, fast fall from grace and the Baltimore Orioles won their fourth straight game.

They won this afternoon by scoring a season-high seven runs in the sixth inning and pounding out 18 hits to beat the Kansas City Royals, 11-7, before 38,944 at Royals Stadium. Flanagan (1-5) entered the game having gone 13 starts without a victory, since last Aug. 23. He hadn't pitched a major league game at all since May 17, the day he went on the disabled list with a sore left elbow.

This afternoon he was far from perfect, allowing nine hits and three runs in five-plus innings.

But two of the three runs scored because defensive plays weren't made, and he was good enough, as Ray Knight broke out of a long slump with four RBI and the ninth four-hit game of his career.

The Brothers Ripken threw in three hits apiece. Since going hitless in his first six at-bats, Bill Ripken is six for 16 and has raised his average from .000 to .273.

If this was a good day for the Orioles, it was a terrible one for the Royals, who lost for the ninth time in 10 games.

Not only did starter Danny Jackson (4-11) pitch terribly again, allowing six runs in five innings, but Bo Jackson's day peaked in the first inning when a dozen fans in left field held up a banner that asked: "Jackson of all trades, master of none?"

That was the start of a game when he'd strike out four straight times, giving him six straight in two games.

In this series, his first one at home since announcing he would play professional football this fall, he has gone two for 11 with eight strikeouts.

He was booed mightily after each strikeout, and now has 123 in 295 at-bats. If he stays with it, he's certain to strike out more than 200 times, which would easily break Bobby Bonds' major league record of 189. After the game, Royals Manager Billy Gardner said Jackson would get at least one day off "because he needs to regroup and relax a little."

Jackson again seemed unbothered, although he did criticize the fans for the booing.

"It doesn't bother me because I'm not here to perform for the fans," he said. "Those that are trying to make my job harder are arrogant and jealous {jerks}, to tell you the truth."

He said he wouldn't mind being benched for the fourth time this season because "that has worked im the past. I'm just chasing bad pitches. I'm in a slump, but the whole team is in a slump."

For a change, it was the Orioles clubhouse where everything was happiness and jokes, especially around Flanagan's locker.

"This is like a new lease on life," he said. "I'd been throwing incorrectly since the first day of spring training, and I think getting hurt was actually a blessing in disguise. In my mind, I was coming out here like I was 0-0 again. I'm very pleased. I had a good fastball and good change-up and threw some good curves."

Manager Cal Ripken Sr. seemed less pleased, saying: "I want to see him throw his curveball more for strikes. I was satisfied, but I still want to see him get ahead of the hitters more. He seemed to be feeling his way along, and I really don't want that."

The Royals got a 1-0 lead on Frank White's RBI single in the second, but the Orioles came back with three runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and seven in the sixth. When Flanagan walked to the mound with a 3-1 lead in the fourth, it was only the third time this season he'd had a lead -- and the first time he didn't surrender it in the opponent's next at-bat.

The lead was 4-2 as the sixth began, but the Orioles sent 11 men to the plate, got eight hits and scored seven times. The remarkable part is that their first nine batters reached base. Ron Washington started it with a double, and next time around his strikeout was the first out.

What made the Orioles' day even more unusual was that Ripken stacked the batting order with right-handed hitters against Danny Jackson and wound up with an odd lineup, one that had Fred Lynn, Larry Sheets, Mike Young and Terry Kennedy on the bench and Alan Wiggins in left, Lee Lacy in right, Washington at third and Floyd Rayford catching.

Some defensive misplays resulted. White's RBI single in the second bounced off Washington's glove. Washington and Wiggins misplayed Danny Tartabull's grounder into a run in the sixth.

Thanks to the Orioles sixth, none of that mattered. Washington led off with a double to left-center, and Rayford beat out an infield single. Gardner brought in right-hander Bob Stoddard, who faced four Orioles and didn't get an out.

Gerhart and Wiggins grounded singles through a drawn-in infield for two runs, and Bill Ripken singled to left for his first two RBI in the majors. When Cal Ripken Jr. followed with a single, Gardner brought in Steve Farr, who walked Murray, then allowed a two-run double to Knight and a one-run single to Lacy to make it 11-2.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Bill Ripken said. "I hit some balls hard, and a couple of times I was surprised because I thought the pitches were by me. The game is basically the same up here. The pitchers throw the same stuff, but they're smarter and can throw more pitches for strikes."

Flanagan came back out for the sixth inning, but when the first two Royals reached base Ripken brought in Doug Corbett, who allowed four runs in four innings.

Orioles Notes:

Ken Dixon will be recalled from Class AAA Rochester to pitch either Monday or Tuesday in Chicago. He'll start Monday if Mike Boddicker's sore back continues to respond to treatment, which would make the rotation Dixon, Boddicker and Eric Bell. If Ripken gives Boddicker an extra day, the rotation will be Mike Griffin, Dixon and Boddicker.

The Royals' team physician examined Boddicker and told him he has no tear or serious damage. He described the injury as a muscle strain and prescribed muscle relaxants.