The KC Royals scored four runs in the top of the eighth to complete their comeback over the host Houston Astros. They won 7-3.
Manager Ned Yost must have forgotten that the Astros are not in the National League anymore. But his move in the 7th inning paid off.
After Astros starter Bud Norris left with an injured back, lefty Travis Blackley entered in relief. With two outs and runners on the corners, Yost pinch-hit for Chris Getz with Alcides Escobar. But Astros manager Bo Porter countered with a right-handed reliever. Esky delivered with an RBI single. David Lough followed with an RBI single to cut the Astros lead to 3-2.
The Royals offense exploded in the 8th inning.
With one out and the bases loaded, Mike Moustakas finally came through with an RBI single to tie the game. George Kottaras once again walked to drive in the go ahead run. Esky came through again, with a ground out to score two more runs (though the shortstop threw the ball away).
The Royals 2-5 hitters went a combined 9-for-18 with four runs scored. The Royals collected 13 hits and went 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Unfortunately, all 13 hits were singles.
After another sub-par start from Wade Davis (5IP, 8H, 3R, 4BB, 6K), the Royals bullpen came through. It started with JC Gutierrez‘ scoreless inning. Bruce Chen picked up the win with another scoreless inning of relief. Aaron Crow and Greg Holland also threw a scoreless inning. Holland struck out three.
The two teams finish the series tomorrow night, as James Shields looks for his third win of the season. The Astros send Jordan Lyles to the hill.