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Gordon, Royals Walk-Off Winners

-The Royals (17-10) improved to 3-0 in extra-inning games, and picked up the 11th come-from-behind victory of the season by knocking off the White Sox 6-5 in 10 innings.

-Wade Davis made the start, and after back-to-back poor outings bounced back with six innings of one-run ball. He allowed the lone run in the 3rd inning, and finished with a line of 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 5 K on 98 pitches.

-In that 3rd inning, Davis struck out the first batter, but then went single, walk, single to load the bases. Alex Rios came to the plate and hit a rocket to Mike Moustakas (2-for-5) who touched third for the first out, but could get nothing more. It was a tremendous play by Moose to not allow the ball to get by him for multiple runs. One run would score, but after an Adam Dunn foul ball pop-out, the inning was done.

-The 1-0 Chicago lead would hold up until the bottom of the 5th. Moose started the rally with a one-out single to right field. Jeff Francoeur (1-for-5) followed with a double to left-center field, and after a walk to Salvador Perez (0-for-2), the bases were loaded for Miguel Tejada (2-for-3). The former MVP took the first pitch he saw to left field for a RBI single. Alex Gordon (1-for-6) drove in a run on a ground ball error by White Sox second baseman Jeff Keppinger. Alcides Escobar (2-for-5) drove in the third run of the inning on a single to right field. The two teams would head to the 6th with a scoreboard reading 3-1 Royals.

-The score would remain the same until the top of the 7th. Tim Collins came in relief to start the inning, and served up a single, another single, and then a two-run double to Alejandro de Aza before being removed. Aaron Crow then came in to a one-on, nobody out situation with his team tied at three. 

-Crow would get Keppinger to ground out for the first out, but served up a solo home run to Alex Rios to give Chicago the 4-3 lead. It was the first run allowed of the season by Crow.

-Chicago wouldn't score again. Luke Hochevar threw two perfect innings of relief. Greg Holland would collect his first victory of the season by pitching a perfect 10th inning.

-In the 9th inning, with the Royals down by two, Chicago closer Addison Reed walked Perez to lead-off the inning. He followed by walking pinch-hitter George Kottaras (0-for-0). Reed regrouped to get Gordon and Escobar to fly out. That set the stage for Billy Butler (1-for-4). With a full count, the Royals All-Star hit a double to right-center field, plating Kottaras and the pinch-running Chris Getz to tie the game.

-And in the bottom of the 10th, Lorenzo Cain (3-for-5) led off with a single to right field, and would later steal second. Moose and Frenchy would both be retired, but Getz was intentionally walked, and then Kottaras was walked on five pitches to load the bases for Gordon. The most consistent offensive player this season was just that in the 10th, as Gordon delivered a game-winning single to right center field securing the victory.

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People : Aaron CrowAddison ReedAlejandro de AzaAlex GordonAlex RiosBilly ButlerChris GetzGeorge KottarasGreg HollandJeff FrancoeurJeff KeppingerLorenzo CainLuke HochevarMiguel TejadaMike MoustakasSalvador PerezTim CollinsWade Davis

05/05/2013 7:41PM
Gordon, Royals Walk-Off Winners
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