CINCINNATI— In a game that turned wild in the late innings, the Royals claimed a 3-1 victory over the Reds in 13 innings on Tuesday when Jarrod Dyson scored on a throwing error by reliever Ryan Mattheus.
It was tied at 1, when Dyson hit a leadoff single. Royals reliever Kris Medlen sacrifice bunted to Mattheus, who sent his throw meant for first base into right field. Dyson rounded the bases and beat the desperation throw to the plate for the go-ahead run. Following Alcides Escobar’s single, Ben Zobrist’s infield hit drove in an insurance run. Cincinnati has lost its last six games that have gone into extras.
“I was just booking it,” Dyson said. “Just in case I’m coming around third and be able to look into the outfield myself. I rounded third and I was able to look in, I figured I had a chance to score. It had to be a perfect throw if I wouldn’t have, but that’s the chances you take when you’re dealing with a ballgame like this type of ballgame going into extra innings. You just got to take chances.”
Reds starter Raisel Iglesias was impressive again with seven scoreless innings that extended his scoreless streak to 12 innings. Iglesias logged his fourth straight quality start, allowing three hits, a walk and a hit batsman while striking out three. Former Red Edinson Volquez was nearly as good for the Royals, but he gave up one earned run and four hits over six innings -- including Eugenio Suarez’s first-inning solo homer -- with three walks and seven strikeouts.
The Royals’ bullpen was able to shut the door following Volquez with seven different players contributing to hold the Reds to one hit across the final seven innings. Medlen earned his first win since Sept. 27, 2013.
“Everybody chipped in,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “I mean, we went right down to the last man in [Greg] Holland. Everybody did a great job in coming in and holding the fort until we could score some runs.”