Reed, Sox blow 2-run lead, Royals walkoff with 6-5 win
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org May 5, 2013 4:54PM
Chicago White Sox left fielder Alejandro De Aza is unable to reach a fly ball hit by Kansas City Royals' Jeff Francoeur in the fifth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, May 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
Updated: May 5, 2013 5:31PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alex Gordon’s bases loaded single carried over the outstretched glove of right fielder Alex Rios, and the Kansas City Royals came from behind for a 6-5 victory in 10 innings against the White Sox on Sunday.
Brian Omogrosso walked two, including one intentionally, in the 10th. Lorenzo Cain led off the inning with a single to right and scored the winning run.
Closer Addison Reed suffered his first blown save, allowing two runs in the ninth protecting a 5-3 lead. Reed walked the the first two batters at the bottom of the Royals lineup, then got Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar on fly outs before Billy Butler tied it with a two-run double to right-center field. Alejandro De Aza’s diving catch on a liner to left by cleanup man Eric Hosmer sent the game into the tenth inning.
Alejandro De Aza doubled in two runs and scored a run on a wild pitch, and Alex Rios broke out of a slump with his seventh home run in a four-run seventh inning to give the Sox a 5-3 lead.
Rios also drove in the first Sox run in the third inning, hitting a smash to third baseman Mike Moustakas’ right with the bases loaded that Moustakas fielded for a force out. Dewayne Wise (3-for-4, two runs s) scored on the play to give the Sox a 1-0 lead against starter Wade Davis.
Sox starter Jose Quintana gave up three runs in five-plus innings after starting with four hitless innings. The Royals scored three in the sixth and had the bases loaded with one out, but Butler lined out to shortstop Alexei Ramirez and De Aza ran down a foul fly by Eric Hosmer with Sox reliever Nate Jones pitching.
After walking the first two batters in the ninth, closer Addison Reed got Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar out on short fall balls before xx Billy Butler to record his 11th save in as many opportunities.
This was far from a masterpiece victory for the Sox (12-17). Second baseman Keppinger (2-for-5) committed the team’s 21st error on a slow one-hop spinner off Gordon’s bat with the bases loaded in the fifth. A pop-up by Miguel Tejada behind second base fell between shortstop Alexei Ramirez, Keppinger and center fielder Dewayne Wise, who charged hard and ran a long way to get a glove on it. Either infielder had enough room to catch the ball.
After lefty Matt Thornton came in and struck out Gordon, Escobar singled past first baseman Adam Dunn to put runners on second and third. With right-hander Matt Thornton in to face Butler, Keppinger made a nice play on a one-hop smash to his right, starting an inning-ending double play to preserve a 5-3 Sox lead.