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Lough, Rodriguez move past baserunning miscue

MINNEAPOLIS -- David Lough and Royals third-base coach Eddie Rodriguez obviously were in perfect sync when Lough charged home from second base with the winning run in Wednesday night's 10-inning, 4-3 win over the Braves.

They were involved in a baserunning miscue last week at Cleveland when Rodriguez stopped Lough, who got caught in a rundown that scuttled a potential ninth-inning rally.

"We talked about it," Lough said. "We don't want that to ever happen again."

This time, Alex Gordon's hit to left field was soft enough to give Lough ample time to score.

"Coming around third, he was waving me all the way," Lough said. "I don't think it was one of those very hard-hit balls where there was going to be a play at the plate. I definitely didn't hesitate, I saw him and it was good."

At Cleveland, Lough took blame for the mistake right after the game and Rodriguez did the same the next day.

"I think it's 100 percent my fault, he thinks it's 100 percent his fault, but we had a mutual agreement -- we'll meet in the middle together," Lough said.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for
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