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Kansas City Royals win on Alex Gordon walk-off single

Alex Gordon proved that he is an American hero on Sunday.

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Alex Gordon hit a single off Darren Oliver with one out in the ninth inning, scoring Chris Getz from second base and giving the Kansas City Royals a 3-2 win against the Toronto Blue Jays to avoid the series sweep.

The game seemed destined for extra innings, as Jarrod Dyson started the inning with a fly-out. Getz then hit a double off Oliver, then raced around to easily score on Gordon's hit.

The Royals' offense had been ineffective for most of the day, but scored just enough runs to escape with the victory. Lorezo Cain and Dyson both had multi-hit games, with Cain driving in a two-out run in the sixth and Dyson scoring on a sacrifice fly from Alcides Escobar in the third.

Brandon Morrow scattered six hits across six innings against the Royals, striking out three hitters but only walking one. Steve Delabar and Brett Cecil held Kansas City scoreless for two innings before Oliver came in for the ninth.

Ervin Santana had another strong performance, only allowing two runs in eight innings of work. Santana was not as sharp as he had been against the Minnesota Twins, as he walked three and only struck out four, but did a good job limiting the damage when Toronto put runners in scoring position.

Kelvin Herrera pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning and will be rewarded with the win, because stats are ruining baseball.

Kansas City will have an off-day on Monday before starting an eight-game road trip on Tuesday with a two-game series against the 11-1 Atlanta Braves.