Kansas City Royals Win On Walk-Off Dropped Fly Ball


"Luckily, the sun had shifted over just enough to block his view and miss that ball. That's a lot more hard to catch".

The Royals snapped a five-game losing streak, and also ended a 12-game skid against the Rangers. Brandon Moss boasts four homers in 26 at-bats versus Darvish, who permitted two runs over eight innings with eight strikeouts to beat the Royals on April 23. Darvish, who made the All-Star team but did not pitch in the exhibition on Tuesday, will go for his first win in more than a month when he opposes Kansas City right-hander Ian Kennedy on Sunday.

After Kelvin Herrera (2-2) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, Alcides Escobar singled, Alex Gordon walked and Salvador Perez hit into a fielder's choice.

Mike Moustakas answered a third-inning Drew Robinson homer with a run-scoring double, driving in Eric Hosmer.

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As the ball descended, a stumbling Choo got a glove on it, but it fell to the turf and Alex Gordon walked home with the winning run.

It appeared that the Royals were going to blow a bases-loaded opportunity because Jorge Bonifacio had struck out before Cain came to the plate. Mike Napoli's two-out homer in the seventh tied it at 2-2. Carlos Gomez is 6-for-16 versus Kennedy, who gave up one run and four hits over seven innings in a no-decision at Texas on April 22. "It was a great way to end". Merrifield's double to the left-field corner wasn't picked up cleanly by Nomar Mazara, allowing Butera to score easily to give the Royals a 3-2 lead.

Mazara redeemed himself thanks to Joakim Soria's sixth blown save, singling up the middle to score Elvis Andrus in the eighth.

Yu Darvish moved past Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan and into fourth place on the Rangers' career strikeout list. Yu Darvish will be the starting pitcher for Texas.