Eric Hosmer walks off with a three-run home run to give Kansas City the 6-4 win over the Colorado Rockies Wednesday night.
The Rockies opened the scoring with a first inning home run off of the bat of Nolan Arenado. The Royals would then answer with three hits in the bottom of the first, but failed to score a run as a GIDP reduced the scoring opportunity to a minor threat.
The Royals tied the game in the second as Mike Moustakas came around to score on an infield single by Whit Merrifield. Ian Kennedy was apparently not much a fan of that, so he gave up a home run in the third to Charlie Blackmon, putting Colorado back ahead 2-1.
For his part, Kennedy was sporadic all night. Yanked Nine struck out six in 4.2 innings, but walked three and gave up seven hits. He gave up three singles leading off the fifth, allowing one run to score via the sacrifice fly before being pulled for Ryan Buchter.
The Royals responded in the bottom of the inning. Lorenzo Cain laced a double just inside the third base bag, scoring Whit Merrifield and bringing the game back to a 3-2 score.
Colorado came back in the sixth with another run, pushing the deficit back to two. The score held until the seventh when Eric Hosmer singled home Merrifield to close the gap to 4-3.
Greg Holland pitched against the Royals for the first time in his career. Alex Gordon walked. Whit Merrifield drove a pitch to deep left for an out. Lorenzo Cain went deep to right, but alas, it was an out. Melky Cabrera singled into left field, putting two on with two outs.
Eric Hosmer, the stuff of legends, hit his first career walk off home run, stroking a laser down the right field line that snuck just inside the fair pole.
In a game that felt so dispassionate, where a one run lead felt like oblivion, where Kansas City could make little of their vast opportunities, it was not until the game was won that it felt like it could have been that way all along.
The Royals conclude their series with the Rockies tomorrow. Jakob Junis (5-2, 4.99 ERA) will tilt for Kansas City as they look for the sweep while Colorado will send German Marquez (10-5, 4.24 ERA) to counter.