The Kansas City Royals walked off the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night to split the 2-game series in Kansas City. The Braves fell 4-3 in 10 innings.
The Royals once again did not waste any time getting the scoring started.
Alex Gordon, the Royal’s lead off man, led off the game with his 7th home run of the season. Kansas City would add another run in the 1st inning off the bat of Salvador Perez, the Royal’s catcher. His single to left center scored Billy Butler and gave the Royals a 2-0 lead after the game’s 1st frame.
Billy Butler would knock in a run of his own in the bottom of the 3rd. Butler singled to right to score Alex Gordon. Gordon’s run increased the Royals lead to 3-0.
The scene was set for another Atlanta Braves comeback. The comeback would come in the 7th inning on Wednesday night. Reed Johnson, in for the injured Jordan Schafer, singled to center and brought around Dan Uggla, for the Braves first run of the game.
Justin Upton, designated hitter for the Braves, singled with the bases loaded to tie the game at 3. Jason Heyward was thrown out at third base on the play, but not before Andrelton Simmons and Reed Johnson scored to tie the game up at 3.
The Braves threatened in the top of the 10th inning. They had runners on 1st and 2nd, when Gerald Laird grounded into a double play, to end the Braves chance in the 10th.
Alex Wood came in to pitch for the Braves in the 10th inning. David Lough started the Royals 10th inning with a single to center. Lough was moved to 2nd base on a sacrifice bunt by Miguel Tejada. The next batter, Alex Gordon, delivered the game winning hit for the Royals, as Lough streaked around to score.
Mike Minor failed in his bid for his 9th win of the season. The Braves got him off the hook for the loss with the 7th inning comeback. Minor pitched 6 innings, 3 ER, and 4 K’s.
The Braves will have another off day on Thursday, before taking on the 1st place (NL West) Diamondbacks on Friday night. Julio Teheran will be opposed by former Brave, Randall Delgado in the pitching match up for Friday’s game.