Jakob Junis pitched a very nice game but it looked like it would be in a loss until a late rally pulled the Royals ahead in the eighth. They held on to win the game 3-2 thanks to a scoreless inning from Ian Kennedy. Junis allowed just two solo home runs in his seven innings and just five hits in all. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out five. It was a fine pitching performance by Junis.
The Royals finally got in the run column in the seventh when Ryan O’Hearn smashed a home run to the fountains in right field. That was followed up with two runs in the eighth to give the Royals their first lead of the game.
Adalberto Mondesi ripped a hard single to right for a two out base hit in the first. … Mondesi did the same thing in the fourth. Another hard hit single to right. … Mondesi doubled to left center in the eighth. The ball didn’t get past the outfielder. Mondesi was just running hard from the beginning and beat the throw to second.
Cheslor Cuthbert singled down the right field line in the eighth to give the Royals a 3-2 lead.
Jorge Soler hit a broken bat double to the left field corner in the eighth to score Mondesi from second and tie the game at 2-2.
Ryan O’Hearn hit a solo home run in the seventh to bring the Royals to within 2-1.
Jakob Junis retired the first two batters of the game but then left a fastball up and Nick Castellanos hit a home run to left center. … Junis also allowed a solo home run to Brandon Dixon in the fourth on another fastball that stayed up. Junis pitched a very good game. He ended up allowing two runs on just five hits and no walks to go with five strikeouts. He left with the Royals trailing 2-1.
Ian Kennedy pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the save.