BALTIMORE – Andrew Benintendi hit a lead single in the eighth, then reached over the left-field wall to knock off a possible tying homer in the ninth, sending the Kansas City Royals over the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Monday.
Anthony Santander opened the Orioles’ ninth inning with a fly ball that Benintendi caught, tossing the ball just over the fence.
“He hit it pretty high, so it gave me a lot of time to go back there and evaluate it,” Benintendi said. “The wind began to push it to the right and the center. So I just adjusted and tried to time it. I am happy to have done it “.
Benintendi trotted several steps into the warning court with his head down and his glove against his chest before throwing the ball to center fielder Michael A. Taylor.
“He has to start showing us before he has it in his glove,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “I know the delay is great for the opposition and the fans, but I like to know what I thought I saw. Great game “.
Hanser Alberto homered against his former team to help the Royals win on their first visit to Camden Yards since August 2019.
Salvador Perez tied at 2 with a bloop single in the eighth for the Royals. Benintendi provided the lead with an RBI hit by Cole Sulser (4-4).
Scott Barlow gave a two-out single to pinch hitter DJ Stewart in the ninth before striking out Jahmai Jones to earn his 11th save.
Royals deliver Domingo Tapia (2-0) got the win after throwing 1 2/3 hitless innings.
Cedric Mullins homered for the second day in a row and has a team record of 26 for the Orioles, who fell to 1-79 when trailing after eight innings.
Jorge Lopez relieved in the seventh for Baltimore and had to leave the game after facing a single batter when he injured his right ankle trying to cover first base with a soft roll. He was waiting for more tests to assess the extent of the injury.
The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Austin Hays off Royals starter Kris Bubic, the team’s 2018 first-round pick from Stanford University. Hays extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games and has nine RBIs in that stretch.
“I think my luck has increased a bit,” Hays said. “I’m going to drop some balls.”
Alberto, who played for Baltimore the past two seasons, went 1-all in the fifth with a towering home run in the Kansas City bullpen off Zac Lowther. Retired from Triple-A Norfolk earlier in the day.
“We needed it,” Matheny said. “He has been very successful at this stadium and we needed that little shake-up. It did not disappoint. “
Lowther allowed one run and three hits with two strikeouts and two walks in six innings in his second major league start.
“He threw the ball really well,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “I was very happy with the strikes. He worked ahead of the hitters. I liked the rhythm on the mound. “
Mullins responded with a two-out solo shot in the lower half that gave the Orioles the lead.
The Orioles traded RHP Dusten Knight to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Lowther.
Orioles: SS Ramón Urías was left out of the lineup and is day to day with recurring pains in the upper part of his right leg. Urías left Sunday’s game against the Yankees. Urias is hitting .273 with seven home runs and 36 RBIs in 77 games.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Rays: Jackson Kowar (0-2, 9.82 ERA) will make his second start since being called up when the rosters expanded from 26 to 28 players. The rookie did not receive a decision Sept. 1 in a 5-3 loss to Cleveland after allowing two runs and five hits with six strikeouts in six innings.
Orioles: LZ Alexander Wells (1-2, 7.71 ERA) will make his first career appearance against Kansas City.
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