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Royals breathe life into late season by walking off 4-3 against Mariners

The Royals put together a comeback through a battle of attrition.

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Yordano Ventura was cruising for most of the game. His breaking ball was working well said the radio. Through 4.2 innings, I believe Ventura had given up zero runs with four strikeouts. That's pretty good! He also did it while being fairly pitch efficient. Then the last out of the fifth inning didn't happen.

Ventura struck out the first guy, but he allowed a single to Mark Trumbo. Brad Miller, the next batter, weakly hit a grounder to Ventura, but he mishandled the ball and let loose an errant throw to Eric Hosmer. Hosmer pulled off the bag in foul territory and didn't make a clean catch. Ventura induced a groundout, but the runners were moving on the play. A double play was out of the cards. The next batter, Ketel (One) Marte, took a low fastball from Ventura and took it to the deep part of right-center field. It looked like Cain was shaded toward left, the wrong direction, so Marte was able to get a triple on the line drive.

Nelson Cruz drove in Marte with a single before Ventura was able to get the final out of the inning. The final out was a little strange - Robinson Cano hit a chopper that bounced like a rubber ball, so Ventura didn't really have a play at first. He threw home to get Kyle Seager out, but Salvador Perez didn't look like he was ready for Ventura's throw home. Luckily, Perez caught the ball and levied a tag just in time.

On the Royals' side, the boys in blue had at least one base runner in every inning until the fifth, but they managed only one run off Roenis Elias. In the fourth inning, a single by Kendrys Morales and a double by Perez set up a sacrifice fly from Alex Rios to score Morales. The Royals went on to load the bases in the fourth after that run, but they couldn't get any more runs to cross the plate.

The Royals scored again in the seventh off a Lorenzo Cain double and Hosmer line drive single that barely eclipsed the outstretched glove of the Mariners defender. Later in the game, Drew Butera replaced Perez due to a left knee contusion. Perez was described as "day to day".

In the eighth inning, Jarrod Dyson pinch-ran for Mike Moustakas, which meant he came up to bat in the ninth. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Dyson, who lofted a fly ball to score a run and tie the game. In an interesting move, Christian Colon pinch-hit for Drew Butera, which meant that both catchers were out of the game. Colon walked to load the bases again for Cheslor Cuthbert. Cuthbert, unfortunately, flied out. Extra innings.

Newly-anointed closer Wade Davis came in for the tenth and shut down the Mariners, setting up another run-scoring situation for the Royals in the bottom of the tenth. Alex Gordon singled, and Ben Zobrist was hit by a pitch to put two men on. Continuing the emptying of the bench, Paulo Orlando came in to run for Gordon. A fellow named Tony Zych came in to pitch against Cain. Zych, a 25-year-old rookie reliever, gave up a single to Cain. Orlando apparently got a late break off the bat, but he motored around third base and was waved home. The throw was not in time. Walkoff. Game over.

After putting so many runners on base, it was only a matter of time that enough of them would score to outnumber the opposing team. Somehow, it took more than the regular number of innings to do it. A win is a win, though, and a little excitement right now doesn't hurt.