The KC Royals broke their six-game losing streak, but it took 14 innings for them to defeat the Cleveland indians, 7-6.
Mike Moustakas walked to lead off the inning. However Indians reliever Scott Maine struck out back-to-back hitters. A wild pitch mixed in moved Moose to second base. Tony Abreu then singled to centerfield to drive in the go ahead run.
The win was nothing but interesting as Kelvin Herrera entered in the bottom of the 14th inning. Ezequiel Carrera reached on a bunt single, Shin-Soo Choo singled, and Jason Kipnis walked to load the bases with no outs. However, ten pitches later, the Royals were celebrating the victory as Herrera retired the next three batters to escape.
How did the game reach the 14th inning?
Clinging to a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the 9th inning, the Royals sent closer Greg Holland to the mound to close out the victory. Instead, he allowed the Indians to send the game into extra innings.
Holland led off by walking the first batter he faced. Lonnie Chisenhall followed with a single. After a sac bunt, Holland struck out pinch-hitter Cord Phelps. That brought up Asdrubal Cabrera, who doubled in two runs to tie the game at 6-6.
Two more walks loaded the bases and brought on a coaching visit. Holland rebounded to get Choo to fly out to send the game into extra innings.
Holland was hardly the only Royals reliever to struggle on Saturday night. Two of their back-end guys, Aaron Crow and Tim Collins, combined to allow two runs in the 8th inning. Crow walked two and allowed a hit before giving way to Collins, who allowed both runs to score on a two out single.
Royals starter Jake Odorizzi didn’t last long enough to even sniff a victory. He needed 65 pitches to get through just TWO innings. At that time, he was losing 1-0. After getting the first batter he faced out, he walked the next two hitters. One scored on Chisenhall‘s RBI double.
The Royals erupted for six runs in the top of the 3rd inning. They sent nine batters to the plate and all the runs scored with two outs. With two outs and no one on base, Irving Falu singled. Following an Alex Gordon walk, Billy Butler drove in one run with a single. Salvador Perez‘ infield single loaded the bases for Moose, who doubled in two. Jeff Francoeur followed with a three-run homerun.
From the 3rd inning on, the Royals picked up just two more hits prior to the extra frames.
Meanwhile, Nate Adcock pitched very well behind Odorizzi. He was a little shaky fielding his position though. Two of his errors cost the Royals one run, the only one he allowed over 3.2 innings. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out six.