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Royals replay challenges lead to run and a big out

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer catches the ball and put the tag on Astros Carlos pinch runner Gomez in the ninth inning of Friday's ALDS baseball game at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals beat the Astros 5-4 and tied the series.
Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer catches the ball and put the tag on Astros Carlos pinch runner Gomez in the ninth inning of Friday's ALDS baseball game at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals beat the Astros 5-4 and tied the series. jledford@kcstar.com

Relief pitcher Wade Davis selected an ideal time to collect his first pickoff since 2013.

Davis, summoned to protect the Royals’ 5-4 lead in the ninth inning, stuck out pinch hitter Jed Lowrie but walked another pinch hitter, Preston Tucker.

Carlos Gomez pinch-ran for Tucker, and Davis fired a pickoff throw to first baseman Eric Hosmer. The ball short hopped Hosmer and reached his glove, which appeared to swipe at Gomez’s arm before Gomez could return to the bag. But first base umpire Everitt ruled Gomez safe.

Hosmer immediately looked at the dugout.

“I felt his arm graze my glove a little bit, but I wasn’t really sure,” Hosmer said. “I wasn’t really sure if we got him or not, but I definitely wanted to give the guys in the video room time to see what we had.”

After a replay review, Gomez, was ruled out.

“I was sliding with confidence, I didn’t think it was going to be that close, but he got me,” Gomez said. “I know now what kind of move he has to first.”

Davis, whose previous pickoff occurred on Sept. 9, 2013 against the Indians, tipped his hat to the Royals’ Gold Glove first baseman.

“That was all Hoz right there,” Davis said. “It was a bounced throw. It could have been a runner on third with one out pretty quick.”

The pickoff replay was the second one at first base that got the challenge signal from Royals replay coordinator Bill Duplissea.

In the third inning, Alcides Escboar bunted to the right side and was called out by Everitt. The replay proved Everitt wrong. The bunt pushed Alex Rios, who had doubled, to third base, and he scored on Ben Zobrist’s double play grounder.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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