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Moose's record-setting HR tops '17 highlights

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

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.

Video: Flanagan on Moustakas' HR record with Royals

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.

Video: KC@CLE: Minor K's Lindor to end Indians' win streak

Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat

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

Video: Must C Clutch: Royals rally for comeback win in 9th

Hosmer ends it

Eric Hosmer 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.

Video: COL@KC: Hosmer belts a walk-off three-run homer

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 Salvador Perez's first career grand slam -- and it was using Miguel Cabrera's bat, which backup catcher Drew Butera had given him. (Cabrera had given Butera some of his bats weeks earlier.) The Royals held on for the 6-4 win.

Video: BOS@KC: Perez hits go-ahead slam using Miggy's bat

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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