Royals left fielder Alex Gordon started the game with home run, but more importantly ended Wednesday night’s game with a shallow single to left to score David Lough in the tenth inning as the Royals beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3.
On Tuesday night, with runners on second and third and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Braves elected to walk Gordon intentionally after Greg Kimbrel started off 2-0 in the count. Alcides Escobar then flew out to end the game. However, with Lough on second and one out in this game, the Braves pitched to Gordon this time and he delivered. It was a big night for Gordon.
He ended a 159 at-bat homerless drought. It was Gordon’s first home run since May 9 at Baltimore. Billy Butler doubled with two outs and scored on Salvador Perez’ single in the first inning. The Royals scored in the third when Gordon singled to lead off the inning. Butler singled home Gordon with two outs. That 3-0 lead held up until the seventh before Atlanta got to Royals starter Luis Mendoza and reliever Bruce Chen.