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Royals’ Alex Rios forgot how many outs there were in the third inning

Kansas City Royals right fielder Alex Rios caught a sacrifice fly by New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson in the third inning but hesitated to throw it in to home to prevent a run during Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.
Kansas City Royals right fielder Alex Rios caught a sacrifice fly by New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson in the third inning but hesitated to throw it in to home to prevent a run during Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday. skeyser@kcstar.com

Oh, boy.

Royals right fielder Alex Rios made a big-time mental error in the third inning of Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.

With Wilmer Flores on third base with one out, the Royals trailed 1-0 and had the infield played in. Curtis Granderson lifted a fly ball to right. It appeared that Rios would have a chance to throw out Flores if he broke for the plate.

Flores ran. Rios jogged a couple of steps, then threw. He apparently lost track of how many outs there were in the inning.

The Royals challenged that Flores had left early, but the replay officials determined there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn the run.

People were less than thrilled with Rios:

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