It wasn’t quite a lean back, but it’ll do.
Lorenzo Cain delivered a one-out walk off single in the 10th inning to beat the Mariners 4-3, dropping the Royals magic number to two in the process.
Royals starter Yordano Ventura cruised through the first four innings, allowing just two base runners over those four frames, but got into trouble in the 5th.
Ventura finished his night after six innings of work, giving up three runs, while striking out four Mariners.
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The Royals sparked in the 7th, after Cain doubled and was singled in by Eric Hosmer.
However, the momentum was killed when Hosmer was questionably picked off at first by Joe Beimel.
Hosmer and the Royals protested that Beimel balked, and they had a pretty good case, with replay showing that Beimel may have broken the 45 degree plane.
The pick off killed any momentum the Royals had, officially ending the inning with a Morales strike out.
Royals fans were given a little bit of a scare in the 8th inning, when Drew Butera entered the game for Perez, with the Royals down a run.
The Royals announced that he was removed from the game as a precaution, leaving with a knee bruise.
The Royals threatened in the bottom half of that inning, lead off by a Mike Moustakas hit-by-pitch.
Jarrod Dyson ran for Moustakas, before being bunted over to second by Butera.
Alcides Escobar‘s second four-pitch walk of the night (!!) brought Alex Gordon to the plate, who struck out swinging to end the inning, after finding himself down in the count 0-2 on two pitches that appeared to be balls.
The Royals threatened in the ninth inning, as Cain and Hosmer hit back-to-back singles, and were followed by a Morales walk.
With Moustakas out of the game, Dyson came up with the tying and winning runs in scoring position with one out, who delivered a sac fly to right field to tie the game at 3-3.
The Royals threatened again the next inning, starting with a one-out, 0-22 skid ending single by Alex Gordon, followed by a Zobrist hit-by-pitch.
With a win and a Twins loss tomorrow, the Royals will clinch their first division title since 1985 and their first AL Central title in franchise history.