Dyson's triple, throw keys for Royals' victory

Right fielder scores go-ahead run, gets huge out at third base in 8th

May 18th, 2016

KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost has a difficult decision on his hands, as Paulo Orlando and Jarrod Dyson have had their share of fine moments in right field.

Dyson asserted himself in a 3-2 win over the Red Sox in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader after Orlando emerged as the hero of Tuesday's 8-4 win in the series opener.

After the twin-bill opener, Yost was asked how he'd decide who to play moving forward. His answer told the story of how good both have been.

"Flip a coin," Yost said. "Heads, Paulo. Tails, Dyson."

With the score tied at 2 in the sixth inning on Wednesday, Dyson smacked a leadoff triple.

"I stumbled a little bit," Dyson said with a chuckle. "When I rounded first, I saw [right fielder Mookie Betts] had stopped. He was trying to play it off the wall. So I thought in my head, 'I have a good chance at three.'"

Even after stumbling out of the batter's box and losing his helmet, Dyson had more than enough time to beat the throw to third base. Two batters later, Lorenzo Cain hit a sacrifice fly to left-center and Dyson strolled home with the go-ahead run.

But with one of the most dangerous offenses in baseball, the Red Sox looked to be in position to tie things up again in the eighth inning.

As designated hitter David Ortiz singled to right, shortstop Xander Bogaerts rounded second, trying to go from first to third. But Bogaerts was out as Dyson recorded his fifth outfield assist with a perfect throw.

"It was a phenomenal play," Yost said. "[He] threw it on a line with tremendous accuracy to cut the runner down at third base."

"He made a perfect throw," Bogaerts said. "Going in there, I thought I had it. Looking at the video, he threw it perfect. A little to the right or left and I'm there, and then [Travis] Shaw hits a sacrifice fly and we're tied."

Looking back on the play, Dyson said he wasn't sure it was going to be an out when the ball left his hand, adding he just wanted to get it close to the bag. However, third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert told a different story.

"When he threw it, I could see it was going to be a good throw," Cuthbert said. "I just tried to get in a good position so I could see the runner and see the ball."