The KC Royals salvaged the series at home against Texas, 7-6 in ten innings. There were three games that lasted ten innings in Major League Baseball on Sunday (as of me writing this).
It was a sloppy game, as the two teams combined for five errors. In the bottom of the 10th inning, Billy Butler led off with a walk against Rangers reliever Michael Kirkman. Eric Hosmer pinch-ran and moved to second base on a fielding error by Rangers shortstop Alberto Gonzalez. A throwing error on Jeff Francoeur’s ground ball by rookie third baseman Mike Olt allowed Hosmer to score the winning run.
Francoeur homered in the crazy 4th inning. The Rangers, who trailed 2-0 heading into the inning, led 5-2 when they were done batting.
Adrian Beltre drove in the first run with a single. With two on and nobody out, Butler (yes he was playing first base) threw the ball away on a ground ball, allowing another run to score. Olt drove in the go ahead run with a sac fly and Elvis Andrus (who would get hurt later) drove in two more with a triple.
All of that Rangers offense came against Royals starter Luke Hochevar. He allowed five runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk over six innings.
Butler made up for his error with a two out RBI single in the 5th inning before Brayan Pena gave the Royals a 6-5 lead with a six inning two-run homerun.
Michael Young tied the game up in the 7th inning with an RBI double, but a strong relay throw home got Andrus at the plate (where he injured his shoulder). That came against reliever Aaron Crow.
Greg Holland picked up the win after pitching two shaky innings of relief (three hits and two walks).
*Following the win, the Royals designated Yuniesky Betancourt for assignment. He wanted more playing time, but manager Ned Yost liked the play of Chris Getz more at second base. Infielder Tony Abreu was called up from Triple-A, where he was hitting .322.