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Royals win it for Paul Rudd with an amazing ninth inning comeback

This one was for Hollywood’s #1 Royals fan.

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The celebrities were out in full force as Paul Rudd and some other actors and actresses (Jason Sudeikis, Eric Stonestreet, Rob Riggle, David Koechner, George Wendt, Jake Tapper, James van der Beek, Weird Al Yankovic, but most importantly, Paul Rudd) were in town for the Big Slick Celebrity Softball Tournament before the Royals game. Paul Rudd and the stars stuck around to watch the Royals take on the Jays and the boys in blue gave them a Hollywood ending.

Early on, Jake Junis had his defense let him down. Lorenzo Cain misjudged a ball to allow a hit in the third that Junis was able to work around, but he would find trouble in the fourth. He led the inning off by plunking old friend Kendrys Morales, then gave up a double to Troy Tulowitzki, allowing Morales to score after a poor relay. A flyout by Dwight Smith, Jr. advanced Tulowitzki to third. Junis then uncorked a pitch that got away from Salvador Perez, who was a bit lackadaisical in chasing the ball, allowing Tulo to score, making it 2-0 Jays.

Junis was otherwise solid, turning in one of his best outings as a Major Leaguer. He worked 6 13 innings, allowing just the two runs while striking out four. He walked just two and gave up six hits, lowering his ERA to 4.97.

The Royals mustered little offense all night against J.A. Happ, but Lorenzo Cain led off the seventh with a liner that he legged out for a double. Second baseman Ryan Goins then flubbed an Eric Hosmer grounder for an error, and Dwight Smith, Jr. misjudged a Salvador Perez line drive to allow it to fall for a single, scoring Cain. Happ was able to retire Mike Moustakas, and with Brandon Moss and Alcides Escobar due up with two runners on, it seemed like a good time to pinch hit. But we all know Ned Yost does not pinch hit. Happ retired Moss on - get this - a strikeout, and Escobar was retired by reliever Danny Barnes to end the threat.

Joakim Soria would come in the eighth and while he wasn’t hit particularly hard, he gave up three singles and a walk to score two more runs to make it 4-1 Jays, and it looked like the Royals may fall short of reaching .500.

But in the ninth inning, the Royals thrilled the audience as much as Paul Rudd does in one of his many popular feature films. With one out, Salvador Perez doubled to deep left. Hope seemed to vanish when Mike Moustakas popped out, leaving it to Brandon Moss.

Moss drew two strikes but battled and worked a walk. Again, Ned Yost stuck with his guns and let Alcides Escobar hit with the game on the line, but his loyalty would be rewarded when Esky drove home a run with a single. The Jays brought in lefty Aaron Loup to face Alex Gordon, but Gordo came through with an RBI single of his own to make it 4-3 and suddenly, things were happening.

With closer Roberto Osuna seemingly not available, the Jays turned to Jason Grilli to try to close the door shut. But they didn’t count on Whit Merrifield being the star of this show. Whit drove a pitch over the head of left fielder Dwight Smith, Jr., allowing two runs to score to win the game and give Paul Rudd a happy ending.

The Royals are back at .500 and have some of the spark and energy that captivated Royals fans in 2014 and 2015. To all those that wrote the Royals off in April, well you may have to deal with Royals Devil Magic all summer. Deal with it.