Royals come back from brink to beat Astros
(The Sports Xchange) - The Kansas City Royals pulled off a feat of remarkable daring in the 2014 American League Wild Card game.
And what they did on Monday was remarkably similar as they again overcame a four-run deficit to stave off elimination against Houston and send the AL Division Series back to Kansas City for a decisive fifth game.
Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon plated the go-ahead run with a groundout to cap a stunning five-run, eighth-inning rally in the Royals' 9-6 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
While Gordon pushed the Royals in front with his RBI groundout off Astros closer Luke Gregerson, he merely put the bow on a breathtaking display of plate discipline. The first five Royals batters recorded singles in the 53-pitch eighth.
Last postseason, the Royals rallied from a four-run deficit to eliminate the Oakland Athletics en route to the AL pennant.
Eric Hosmer, who entered the eighth batting .067 (1-for-15) in the ALDS, added a two-run homer in the ninth off right-hander Josh Fields.
Hosmer scored the winning run when Gordon delivered with two outs an inning earlier and was quick to note the number of contributors in the turnaround frame, including backup catcher Drew Butera, who worked a 10-pitch walk off Gregerson to set the table for Gordon. All told, six Royals came to the plate before the Astros recorded an out.
Royals right-hander Wade Davis slammed the door with two scoreless innings of relief.
The Astros slugged a pair of home runs to turn a 3-2 lead into a four-run cushion in the bottom of the seventh. Continued...