The Royals blew a seven-run lead then came back to win 11-10 over Toronto, after Paulo Orlando’s homer in the eighth broke the tie. It was the second time this week, the minor league call-up was the hero. On Tuesday, Orlando hit a walk-off grand slam to beat Tampa Bay 9-5.
This is one of the crazier games you’ll hear about this season.
The Royals scored six runs in the bottom of the first and led 7-0 after five, but Toronto made it a game.
The Bluejays scored eight times in the sixth off Edinson Volquez and Ryan Madson, but only one of those runs were earned, thanks to two errors by the Royals. Danny Valencia and Jose Bautista had two-run doubles in the inning for Toronto, but seven runs were unearned after Mike Moustakas and Omar Infante committed errors.
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K.C. rallied to score three in the bottom of the inning to go up 10-8, with Lorenzo Cain, who had three hits, singling in one run. Alcides Escobar had a RBI on a ground out, while the other run scored on Jose Reyes’ second error of the game. It didn’t last long as Toronto came back tie the game up with runs in the seventh and eighth. In the bottom of the eighth, Paulo Orlando hit a solo homer and Greg Holland picked up the save and a strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play.
No Royals pitcher took a big hit to their ERA. Four Royals errors led to eight of the ten runs being unearned.
The Royals are heading into the break at 52-34, 4.5 games up on Minnesota.