BALTIMORE (AP) – Michael Taylor hit a single tiebreaker in the ninth inning after two errors from Baltimore, giving the Kansas City Royals a 6-4 victory over the Orioles in the first game of a double round on Sunday.
With the score 4-all, Jorge Lopez (3-2) retired the top two hitters in the ninth. Nicky Lopez then arrived when second baseman Rougned Odor missed a sharp grounder and took third on a wild pitch from the reliever Orioles.
Taylor’s single put the Royals ahead and Salvador Perez provided insurance with another Cionel Pérez single RBI.
Kansas City manager Mike Matheny recorded his 700th career majors win with the Royals and St. Louis.
Jordan Lyles allowed three runs won and seven hits with five strikeouts and a walk in 71/3 innings for the Orioles. It was Lyle’s deepest start since May 15, 2018, and he is the first Orioles pitcher to pitch seven innings this season.
With the Orioles down 3-2, Austin Hays equalized and Ryan Mouncatle singled out Collin Snider in the seventh. Odor followed with a green light, two double runs.
The Royals tied for eighth in a Ryan O’Hearn sacrificial flight out of Lopez.
Taylor Clarke (1-0) clinched the victory with a goalless eighth, and Scott Barlow made his second save after getting two runners.
Hays went 4-4 and leads the Orioles with nine multi-hit games.
Baltimore was 3 out of 12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men at base.
Royals starter Zack Greinke allowed two runs with 10 hits, a season record with three strikeouts and no walks in 5/2/3 innings.
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One fan got a nice Mother’s Day gift when she managed to land a one-handed double-handed hit on Baltimore’s Cedric Mullins ground rule. She received a round of high-fives, including one from her daughter.
The first two games in the series were rainy. The teams will play the final on Monday, which was a mutual day off.
Royals: RF Edward Olivares had to leave the game in the third with an undisclosed injury.
Orioles: OF Tyler Nevin (right groin) had a pre-game workout and should be available for the second game of the double round. “We want to see how he responds,” said manager Brandon Hyde.
Royals: LHP Daniel Lynch (2-1, 3.86 ERA) will make his fifth start to the season and 20th of his career in the second game of the double round. It is his first match as a starter against the Orioles.
Orioles: LHP Bruce Zimmermann (1-1, 2.59 ERA) allowed two runs on four hits in five innings in his final game on May 3 against the Twins.
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