Moose's record-setting HR tops '17 highlights

Memorable season also included comeback wins, Hosmer's walk-off shot

December 16th, 2017

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals didn't have the season they hoped to, finishing with a losing record (80-82) for the first time since 2012.

Yet there were some special moments on the diamond in 2017. Among them:

Moustakas sets Royals record

In a 15-5 Royals win in Toronto on Sept. 20, Mike Moustakas belts his 37th home run, breaking the Royals' all-time single-season record, set by Steve Balboni in 1985.

Royals end Tribe's streak

Left-hander Mike Minor notches his first career save, striking out the side in the ninth to preserve a 4-3 Royals win on Sept. 15 to end the Indians' win streak at 22 games.

Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat

On July 19 against the Tigers, closer blows a 2-1 lead in the ninth by giving up a two-run homer to . But disaster is turned to triumph when knocks in the tying run with a double in the bottom of the frame and wins it with a sacrifice fly. It's the beginning of a nine-game winning streak for the Royals.

Hosmer ends it

hammers his first career walk-off homer, a three-run blast off former teammate Greg Holland as the Royals post a dramatic 6-4 win over the Rockies on Aug. 23.

Salvy leads comeback

On June 21 vs. the Red Sox, the Royals come back from a 4-2 deficit with a four-run eighth inning thanks to 's first career grand slam -- and it was using 's bat, which backup catcher had given him. (Cabrera had given Butera some of his bats weeks earlier.) The Royals held on for the 6-4 win.