For Pete's Sake

Royals fans go through roller coaster of emotions in Sunday’s loss

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Joakim Soria walked back to the mound as Detroit Tigers’ Justin Upton rounded the bases after hitting a two-run home run on Sunday.
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Joakim Soria walked back to the mound as Detroit Tigers’ Justin Upton rounded the bases after hitting a two-run home run on Sunday. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Wow, what a game.

The Royals lost 6-5 to the Tigers on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium, and finished a 2-4 homestand. All four losses were by one run.

Sunday’s game took fans through a roller coaster of emotions and that was just in the final three innings.

The Royals trailed 4-1 when they scored four times in the seventh inning. Jarrod Dyson’s two-run triple was the key blow in the inning and Royals fans were ecstatic.

The euphoria didn’t last long, however. Detroit’s Justin Upton hit a two-run homer off Joakim Soria as the Tigers grabbed a 6-5 lead. Fury ensued.

In the ninth inning, Alcides Escobar doubled and Dyson nearly hit a two-run homer that would have won it.

Although Dyson’s grounder got Escobar to third, Alex Gordon hit a shot right at second baseman Ian Kinsler with the infield in and Paulo Orlando grounded out. It was another agonizingly close loss for the Royals.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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