The KC Royals lost in walk off fashion to the Chicago Cubs 1-0 in 11 innings. Losing the makeup game dropped the Royals to two games back of Toronto for home field advantage in the postseason.
With the game still scoreless heading into the bottom of the 11th inning, rookie Royals reliever Miguel Almonte‘s first pitch to Cubs pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia left the ballpark for the walk off winner.
It was just Denorfia’s third homer of the season and the fourth Cubs hit of the game.
Meanwhile, the Royals had four hits too, two by Mike Moustakas.
Yordano Ventura held the Cubs scoreless over the first seven innings. He allowed just two hits: the first coming to leadoff the 6th inning by Jorge Soler and the second was an infield single in the seventh (which was challenged and overturned).
Meanwhile, Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks also only allowed two hits, but over six scoreless innings. Alcides Escobar singled in the second and Moose doubled in the fourth with one out.
The Royals next hit came in the seventh, a Moose leadoff single but Salvador Perez grounded into a double play. The Royals final hit came in the ninth, a Lorenzo Cain one out single, but he was picked off.
Kelvin Herrera was the first Royals reliever to enter and he threw a perfect eighth. Luke Hochevar followed and threw a perfect bottom of the ninth with a strikeout. Ryan Madson struck out the side in the tenth around a two out single.
The Royals now play the White Sox for three games, with Johnny Cueto going up against the hated Jeff Samardzija on Tuesday night.