Royals walk off against Astros

The KC Royals beat Houston, 2-1 in walk off fashion in ten innings.

With one on and two outs, Paulo Orlando (who singled with one out), stole second base. Alcides Escobar came through with a bloop single to center for the game winner. Orlando and Esky each had two hits in the win.

Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at the plate in Cleveland on July 5, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at the plate in Cleveland on July 5, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

It was the second straight inning that the Royals had a runner in scoring position, as Eric Hosmer tripled with two outs in the ninth. After Salvador Perez walked, Alex Rios grounded out to send the game into extra innings.

The game was scoreless until the sixth when the Astros strung together two hits and a sac fly to take a 1-0 lead. The Royals tied the game in the seventh on a sac fly.

Danny Duffy allowed that one run on three hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out three. The Royals bullpen duo of Ryan Madson and Wade Davis followed with a perfect inning of relief each (just 19 pitches combined thrown). Greg Holland allowed a hit in the ninth, as did winning pitcher Kelvin Herrera.

 

In the series finale on Sunday, Yordano Ventura will make the start for the Royals against Dallas Keuchel.

 

*In case you didn’t hear, first baseman Balbino Fuenmayor (who has been on a tear since his promotion to Triple-A), injured his knee last night in the final play of the game. It was a rundown play and he crumpled to the ground after tagging out the base runner. It sounded bad from those at the game and he was placed on the DL. They will know more on Monday.

Casey Kotchman replaced Fuenmayor on the roster, as he returned from the Pan Am Games.

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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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