The KC Royals had a lead, lost it badly, and then mounted a comeback that fell just a bit short. They lost to the visiting Washington Nationals, 11-10. Yup, they scored ten runs, collected 13 hits, and STILL lost.
The Royals jumped all over Nats starter Gio Gonzalez in the first with three runs on two home runs (Eric Hosmer and Justin Maxwell). And then another three runs in the second. In the 2nd inning, the Royals put together three straight hits, an error, and another hit for the scoring.
With the way Bruce Chen had been pitching, it looked like an easy win. Well, nothing seems to come easy right now for the Royals.
The Nats scored a run in the third on a Denard Span triple. Then came the big blow in the fourth. The Nats sent 11 men to the plate and chased Chen from the game. All but one of the runs scored after there were two outs.
Bryce Harper cleared the bases to tie the game at 7-7 with a double. That ended Chen‘s night and in came Louis Coleman, who had been pitching very well. He allowed a two-run home run to Jayson Werth that put the Nats on top.
The Royals eventually chased Gonzalez from the game in the bottom of the fourth after Salvador Perez‘ RBI single that put runners at first and second base. Unfortunately, reliever Tanner Roark went on to throw 4.2 scoreless innings (he allowed a hit and a walk).
Then came the ninth with Drew Storen on the mound. Alex Gordon walked to start the inning and Hosmer picked up his third hit of the game (Gordon also had three hits). The Nats immediately made a pitching change and called on closer Rafael Soriano.
Perez delivered with an RBI ground out and Billy Butler followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Jarrod Dyson was brought in to pinch run and quickly stole second base. Maxwell delivered once again, this time with a two-run single. However, Soriano rebounded by getting two straight fly outs on just two pitches to end the game.