The KC Royals salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon with a 3-2 walk-off win.
Alex Gordon was the hero, though Chris Getz also had a hand in the victory.
With the game tied at 2-2, the Blue Jays went to veteran lefty reliever Darren Oliver for the bottom of the ninth. The first three hitters were left-handed, as Oliver got Jarrod Dyson to fly out the center. But then Getz doubled, putting the winning run in scoring position. That brought up Gordon, who singled to right field on the very first pitch he saw from Oliver. Getz raced home for the game winner.
It was another pitcher’s duel between Ervin Santana and Brandon Morrow. Santana allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks over eight innings. Morrow allowed two runs on six hits and one walk over six innings. He only struck out three.
Edwin Encarnacion did all the damage for the Blue Jays against Santana. He drove in a run in the first on a ground out and hit a solo home run in the sixth to give Toronto the lead. However, that lead was short-lived.
The Royals originally tied the game at 1-1 in the third on Alcides Escobar’s sac fly. In the bottom of the sixth, Billy Butler singled with one out and went to second base on Eric Hosmer’s two out single. Butler rumbled home to tie the game at 2-2 on Lorenzo Cain’s single to center. The game stayed tied until Gordon’s heroics in the ninth.
Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect ninth to pick up the win.
The Royals will now enjoy an off day in Atlanta before playing two games against the Braves on Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon. The Braves have won nine in a row and will be throwing Kris Medlen and Mike Minor. The Royals will counter with Jeremy Guthrie and Wade Davis. The Wednesday game will be televised on MLB Network beginning at noon ET.