KANSAS CITY— Kendrys Morales singled in Ben Zobrist with the winning run off Angels reliever Trevor Gott with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Royals a 4-3 win on Sunday. The Royals took three out of four in the series.
“Our fans were on fire in the ninth and 10th innings,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “That electricity keeps us going. ... I don’t see crowds like this around the league. The Missouri fans are great. The St. Louis fans are great, but not as vocal and exciting as our fans.”
Alex Rios hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth after Angels closer Huston Street walked the bases loaded (one intentional). Angels center fielder Mike Trout made a nice running catch on a drive by Paulo Orlando with runners at the corners and two outs to force extra innings, but the Angels ultimately lost for the 17th time in their last 23 games.
“There’s no doubt no one feels good when you’re grinding and you don’t get it done,” said Angels manager Mike Scioscia, his team now 3 1/2 games behind the Astros in the American League West and a half-game behind the Orioles for the second Wild Card spot. “There’s a lot you can point to that we didn’t do well enough, and still having a chance to win in the end? Sure, it stings, but we’ll be ready to play tomorrow.”
Kole Calhoun tripled and homered for the Angels, David Murphy also went deep, and left-hander Hector Santiago delivered seven strong innings. Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura was solid for the second straight outing. He went seven innings, giving up five hits and two runs. He walked one and struck out seven.