Alex Gordon looped a single into left field and Irving Falu beat the throw to the plate with the winning run in the bottom of the eleventh inning Monday night, as the Royals ended a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Oklahoma City RedHawks at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Gordon’s hit was the last of three consecutive, one-out singles off RedHawks righty Elizardo Ramirez (4-2), who had picked up the win Sunday when Oklahoma City took a 10-2 win in 12 innings.
The Royals bullpen pitched 7.1 scoreless innings of relief and the Redhawks did not score over the final ten innings of the game. OKC scored their runs on a Chris Davis two-run homer in the first, off Bryan Bullington. Bullington has the best ERA at 1.92.
Trailing 2-0 in the second, the Royals scored their first run when Jai Miller led off with his eleventh double in his last 13 games. One out later, he scored from third on a single to the hole at short by Marc Maddox. Omaha tied the game at 2-2 in the third. Geoff Geary, making an emergency start after Omar Beltre was a late scratch due to an injury, gave up a leadoff single to Gordon. After two walks loaded the bases with no outs, Miller lifted a sacrifice fly to right.
Until Gordon’s game-winning hit, Royals batters were 1-for-9 in the game with runners in scoring position. For the series, Omaha hitters were hitting .105 (4-for-38).