A big night for Yuniesky Betancourt at the plate helps the Kansas City Royals extend their winning streak to two games. It took 11 innings, but an RBI single from Betancourt would be the difference in a 6-5 interleague win over the Reds in Cincinnati.
This game looked at first like it was going to be a blow out for the Reds as they would jump out to an early 4-0 lead after four innings. But in the fifth, the Royals would put three on the board.
Betancourt would drive in a run with an RBI double, while Scott Podsednik would drive in one with an RBI single. Jason Kendall would then drive in the last run of the inning for Kansas City with a single.
In the sixth, the Royals would take the lead. Betancourt would blast a two run home run that would score Alberto Callaspo. Kansas City now had a slim 5-4 lead.
The game would stay this way until the bottom of the eighth, when the Reds would rally to score one run and tie the game. This is something Cincinnati has been doing all season as they were going after their 22nd come from behind win of the year.
After a scoreless 9th and 10th, Betancourt was the hero as he hit the game winning RBI single to score Billy Butler. Joakim Soria would come on on the bottom of the inning to pick up his 15th save of the season.
Game two of the series is tonight as Brian Bannister will try and pick up his seventh win of the season. The Reds will counter with Johnny Cueto.
First pitch is 6:10 at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.