Royals win back-and-forth game in Texas

The KC Royals won the back-and-forth affair in Texas, winning 7-6 in ten innings. The two teams both scored runs in the sixth, seventh, and ninth.

With runners on first and third and one out in the top of the ninth, Lorenzo Cain broke the tie with a soft ground out. In came closer Greg Holland for the save, but he allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth. After a sac bunt, Holland got Prince Fielder to ground out and it looked like he might escape. Instead, Adrian Beltre followed with an RBI single to tie the game and send it into extra innings.

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon at the plate on St. Patty's Day 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon at the plate on St. Patty’s Day 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Alex Gordon quickly broke the tie on the first pitch he saw in the top of the tenth with a home run.

Holland went back out for the win in the bottom of the tenth and was much better. He struck out two of the three batters he faced.

 

There was a lot of offense, as the two teams combined for 26 hits. Shin-Soo Choo led off the bottom of the first with a solo homer off Royals starter Edinson Volquez.

The Royals hit three home runs: Eric Hosmer‘s solo shot to tie the game in the second and Mike Moustakas‘ solo homer in the seventh to break the tie. It came off lefty Alex Claudio.

The Royals also hit four doubles (two off the bat of Gordon) and an Alcides Escobar triple.

After Volquez allowed four runs on six hits and three walks over the first five plus innings (he left with a runner on base in the sixth), Ryan Madson allowed a hit in his scoreless inning of relief (just five pitches thrown). Luke Hochevar allowed a run in the seventh on four hits before Wade Davis worked a scoreless 8th inning.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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