KANSAS CITY -- This Royals team continues to amaze and impress people everywhere with its ability to stage comebacks.They were at it again on Sunday. Trailing by two runs in the ninth and facing Twins closer Glen Perkins, the Royals rallied to tie it and eventually walked off with a
KANSAS CITY -- This Royals team continues to amaze and impress people everywhere with its ability to stage comebacks.
They were at it again on Sunday. Trailing by two runs in the ninth and facing Twins closer Glen Perkins, the Royals rallied to tie it and eventually walked off with a 4-3 win on a wild pitch by Trevor May in the 10th.
After forging 40 come-from-behind wins last year in the regular season, Kansas City then had eight more in the postseason on its way to a World Series championship.
Manager Ned Yost just shrugs his shoulders these days when he sees his troops do the improbable.
"I don't know if I'm impressed anymore," Yost said. "But it's just their fight and will to win. They just never give up. Doesn't matter what the situation is, they keep battling.
"It's a cool trait to have."
The tying rally started with Lorenzo Cain driving a one-out single to center. Then, Eric Hosmer slashed a fly toward the left-field corner. Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario at first seemed to have a bead on it. But then the ball simply eluded him, and Hosmer sped into third with a triple, cutting the lead to 3-2.
"I just kept hoping it would keep carrying past him," Hosmer said. "I thought he might have a chance, but it kept carrying away from him. Then I just put my head down and ran."
Kendrys Morales followed and quickly fell behind, 0-2, to Perkins, whiffing badly on two sliders. But Morales hung tough and eventually hit a deep drive to right that nearly flew past outfielder Max Kepler, who made a terrific over-the-shoulder catch.
"I don't know how he caught that ball," Hosmer said.
Hosmer tagged and easily scored, however, and the game went to extra innings. And that set up Terrance Gore's heroics. Gore, a pinch-runner for Christian Colon, forced a two-base throwing error and then scored on a wild pitch.
Yost pointed out that everyone seemed to do their job.
"Hoz taking it down the line was big," Yost said, "but Kendrys Morales getting behind in the count, 0-2, getting fooled on two sliders, but then just bearing down and getting a slider, and driving it to deep right field -- that was just huge. But that's what we do."
Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB.