Royals Comeback Falls Short

NEW YORK — One thing you have to say about the 2019 Royals: They don’t give up easily. They came back from a five-run deficit against the Yankees on Sunday afternoon but lost the game, 7-6, in 10 innings at Yankee Stadium.

Right-hander Ian Kennedy allowed the game-winning single to Austin Romine in the 10th after Jake Diekman walked the first two batters of the inning and Thairo Estrada laid down a sacrifice bunt to place a pair of runners in scoring position.

Down 5-0, the Royals were able to take the lead on New York’s bullpen in the eighth. With Chad Green on the mound, the Royals loaded the bases with no outs.

In came Adam Ottavino, and the Royals struck quickly. Adalberto Mondesi doubled to right field, scoring two runs. Alex Gordon knocked a three-run shot to tie the score at 5. Hunter Dozier followed with his own homer to give the Royals a 6-5 lead.

The advantage wouldn’t last. The Royals’ bullpen has been a problem all season, and it reared its ugly head in the bottom of the inning. Wily Peralta gave up a game-tying, two-out RBI single to Romine.