Jarrod Dyson may have been the hero on paper, but Lorenzo Cain was the one truly in the spotlight.
Cain bolted home on a weak chopper to first base in the bottom of the 10th inning and avoided the tag, giving the Royals a 3-2 win Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. It was the Royals’ first walkoff win since Salvador Perez sent them to the AL Division Series in last year’s Wild Card game.
Cain got things started two batters earlier when he roped a double down the left-field line. He then advanced to third on a wild pitch.
“Just being aggressive,” Cain said of his mentality during the at-bat. “Definitely been getting a lot of off-speed lately, so I just wanted to be aggressive ... put a good swing on it.”
The double was Cain’s third hit of the game. He tied the game 1-1 with an RBI single in the third, giving the Royals their first run in 13 innings. He walked in the third and made it 2-2 by scored in the eighth on Kendrys Morales’ single.
Cain swiped second base in that inning. That allowed him to move to third on Eric Hosmer’s groundout instead of that leading to a potential inning-ending double-play.
“We definitely needed this win. We lost four in a row, tough to go through,” Cain said. “We continue to fight and find a way to get it done.”