Hosmer Home Run Lifts Royals Past White Sox in Extras 5-3


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Eric Hosmer hit a two-out, two-run home run in the 10th inning to propel the Royals past the White Sox 5-3 on Wednesday night.

Hosmer’s home run was his second in as many nights, as well as being the last of three Royal home runs on the night.

However, the win wouldn’t come without adversity, as the White Sox jumped on Royals starter Edinson Volquez quickly in the first inning, singling three straight times to load the bases with two outs in the first.

However, Volquez got Avisail Garcia to fly out to center field to escape the inning unscathed.

The Sox were right back at it in the second, again singling in three-consecutive at bats.

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This time, however, the third single produced a run, with a Adam Eaton driving in Tyler Flowers to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead.

The Royals responded immediately in the next half inning, as Alex Gordon, batting 8th for the first time this season, lead off the 3rd with an opposite field homer to tie the game at 1-1.

That score would hold until the top of the 6th, which started with a two-out walk from Kendrys Morales and was followed up by Mike Moustakas‘ 22nd home run of the season, giving the Royals a 3-1 lead.

The homer added onto a career high in that category for Moustakas, who hit his then career high 21st home run on September 24.

The Royals were given a scare in the top of the 7th inning, when Lorenzo Cain fouled a ball off of his right knee.

Cain would remain in the game and ground out to third to end the inning, but was replaced in center field by Jarrod Dyson the next half inning.

Cain is reportedly listed at day-to-day.

In that same inning, Luke Hochevar replaced Volquez and promptly gave up a homer to Jose Abreu, his 30th of the year, to bring the White Sox within a run at 3-2.

The White Sox attacked again in the 8th inning off of Kelvin Herrera, this time with two outs, as Mike Olt singled and was driven in on a Tyler Flowers ground-rule double to right field, tying the game at 3-3.

After a wild pitch and a walk, Herrera stranded Flowers and Eaton at the corners, getting Abreu to ground out to short.

The game went into extras, but there wasn’t a lot of free baseball to be had, as Eric Hosmer hit his go-ahead home run in the 10th.

The home run, which also drove in Ben Zobrist, was Hosmer’s 18th on the season, putting him one homer short of his career high.

Wade Davis came in and shut down the White Sox in the bottom half of the 10th, giving the Royals their 91st win on the season and guaranteeing home field advantage in at least the ALDS.

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