KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Carrying a two-run lead into the ninth inning, the Kansas City Royals slipped and fell 4-3 to the Baltimore Orioles in 15 innings at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night.
Closer Jonathan Broxton (2.45 ERA) blew his second save for Kansas City, and gave up a solo home run to former Royals infielder Wilson Betemit in the process.
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy tied the game with an RBI single in the ninth, despite a terrific throw by Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson. Orioles pinch-runner Ryan Flaherty was called safe on a controversial call at the plate.
Broxton’s last blown save was on April 11th in Oakland, where he beamed two consecutive batters in extra innings, resulting in a walk-off victory for the A’s. That particular loss served as the catalyst for the Royals’ infamous 12-game losing streak.
Royals pitcher Felipe Paulino (1-1, 1.93 ERA) had another superb outing against the O’s. Paulino finished with nine strikeouts, the most K’s in a single game by any Royals pitcher this year. He tossed seven scoreless innings, walked two, and gave up five hits.
Long-reliever Nate Adcock (0-1, 2.51 ERA) gave the Royals (15-21, 4-14 home) five solid innings, but in the 15th, the Orioles (24-14, 12-5 away) got a mammoth solo home run from CF Adam Jones to take a 4-3 lead.
Orioles closer Jim Johnson (0.51 ERA) recorded his 13th save.
Kansas City tries to split the series with Baltimore on Thursday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. Left-handed starter Brian Matusz (2-4, 5.50 ERA) takes the mound against Royals starter Luke Hochevar (3-3, 7.20 ERA).