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Hosmer's height allows him to make key play

KANSAS CITY -- Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is a tall guy.

Hosmer used his height to his advantage in Thursday's 5-4 loss to Texas. With one out in the top of the ninth and the game tied at 4, Rangers catcher Geovany Soto popped a ball high into foul territory. Hosmer ran over to the fence in front of a suite on the first-base side and leaned over to make a terrific catch to retire Soto.

"That's a ball where you're taught to just get to the wall first. That was my first thing was to get to the wall, and you can work back from there," Hosmer said. "I saw the ball was trying to tail back a little bit. Basically, I just reached my glove out as far as I could, [and] hopefully have the wingspan to get it."

"It's a good thing he's 6-foot-5 and long-armed because if he was 6-foot-3, I don't think he'd have caught it," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It was a tremendous play."

Hosmer said he benefited from a little home-field advantage.

"You're definitely a little more familiar with the foul territory from playing here every day," he said. "Luckily, I was fortunate enough to have a fan that knew what was going on, helping me out there. It's just one of those plays where in the heat of the moment you just want to get to the wall and reach out as far as you can."

KANSAS CITY -- Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is a tall guy.

Hosmer used his height to his advantage in Thursday's 5-4 loss to Texas. With one out in the top of the ninth and the game tied at 4, Rangers catcher Geovany Soto popped a ball high into foul territory. Hosmer ran over to the fence in front of a suite on the first-base side and leaned over to make a terrific catch to retire Soto.

"That's a ball where you're taught to just get to the wall first. That was my first thing was to get to the wall, and you can work back from there," Hosmer said. "I saw the ball was trying to tail back a little bit. Basically, I just reached my glove out as far as I could, [and] hopefully have the wingspan to get it."

"It's a good thing he's 6-foot-5 and long-armed because if he was 6-foot-3, I don't think he'd have caught it," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It was a tremendous play."

Hosmer said he benefited from a little home-field advantage.

"You're definitely a little more familiar with the foul territory from playing here every day," he said. "Luckily, I was fortunate enough to have a fan that knew what was going on, helping me out there. It's just one of those plays where in the heat of the moment you just want to get to the wall and reach out as far as you can."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.