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Royals explode for five runs in 12th inning to drop Rockies

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- Reliever Joel Peralta couldn't describe his first major league hit.

His eyes were closed.

Peralta, a converted shortstop, connected on a two-run double in a five-run 12th inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Colorado Rockies 10-5 on Sunday.

In his excitement, Peralta almost forgot to start running around the bases after his double into the left-center field gap.

"I still don't believe it," said Peralta, who played shortstop early in his career as he came up with the Oakland A's. "I don't have any idea how it happened."

Peralta (1-2) also pitched two scoreless innings for the win. He struck out Yorvit Torrealba looking for the final out, putting an end to a wild game.

The Royals took one-run leads into the ninth and 11th innings, only to see the Rockies tie it back up.

However, Colorado couldn't come up with the clutch hit, stranding nine baserunners from the eighth inning on.

"This game was so crazy," manager Buddy Bell said. "You don't expect to get five in the 12th."

Former Colorado player Ryan Shealy had the go-ahead hit in the 12th when his broken-bat single to right blooped into shallow right to bring home Alex Gordon.

Shealy had three hits and two RBI against the Rockies, who traded him to the Royals last July.

Later in the 12th inning, Bell flashed the squeeze play sign to Angel Berroa, who laid down a perfect bunt to get Shealy home from third.

If only he would've known about Peralta's hitting prowess.

"I would never have squeezed Berroa," Bell said. "It shows you how smart I am. It was a fluke. I can't explain the hitting of a pitcher."

Manager Clint Hurdle can't explain what has happened to reliever Ramon Ramirez, who gave up all five runs in the 12th. Ramirez (1-1) has surrendered eight runs in the last two days.

"He's rushing his body," Hurdle said. "He's aware of it and it's time to make an adjustment."

The Royals finished the road trip 6-4 for their first winning tour of the season.

"I'm not surprised by the way we've played on this road trip," said Mark Teahen, who had three hits -- including a triple in the 11th -- and drove in three runs. "I'm disappointed by the way we started the season."

The Rockies still haven't won a series at home since their opening series against Arizona. The team is at a loss to explain why.

"We're battling and making games of it and we're right there," Jamey Carroll said. "It's like we get to the top of that hump and we can't get to the other side."

Case in point: The Rockies had two runners on and none out in the 11th when Peralta came in. He struck out Garrett Atkins and got Brad Hawpe to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Atkins and Hawpe stranded 11 runners between them.

"We're all frustrated," Hurdle said. "They're working and they're battling and trying to get better."

The Royals took a 5-4 lead in the 11th on Teahen's two-out triple to right-center.

The Rockies, though, countered when Troy Tulowitzki started the inning off with a walk and scored the tying run after Emil Brown booted Matt Holliday's single to left.

Holliday also forced extra innings when his single up the middle off closer Joakim Soria with two outs in the ninth brought in Finley with the tying run.

It was Soria's third blown save of the season.

"We made it through (the game)," Bell said afterward.

Brian Bannister, acquired in an offseason deal with the New York Mets, was in line for his first win since April 16, 2006, against Milwaukee, but finished with his second straight no decision. He allowed three runs and five hits in five innings and matched his career high with four strikeouts.

Jason Hirsh went five innings before being lifted for a pinch hitter. Hirsh surrendered four runs and six hits and struck out three.

Hirsh picked up his first major league hit in the third. He was 0-for-31 with 20 strikeouts before his single.

Peralta wished he would've saw his hit.

Next time, he plans to keep his eyes open.

Notes

  • RHP Rodrigo Lopez (strained right elbow) will throw Thursday at Triple-A Colorado Springs.
  • RHP LaTroy Hawkins experienced soreness in his right elbow Sunday, a day after making back-to-back appearances for Colorado Springs.
  • Octavio Dotel threw a perfect ninth for the second straight game at Double-A Wichita on Saturday night. Dotel has been out since spring training with an abdominal strain.
 
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What's so funny? Pitcher Joel Peralta's first major league hit, a two-run double.  (US Presswire)
What's so funny? Pitcher Joel Peralta's first major league hit, a two-run double. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

M. Teahen
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Kansas City

R. Shealy
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF4310311 .273
Esteban German, 2B4100104 .276
    Joel Peralta, P11120001.000
Mark Teahen, RF6133111 .306
Emil Brown, LF7112015 .218
Alex Gordon, 3B5120003 .177
Ryan Shealy, 1B5132121 .214
Paul Phillips, C6010013 .200
Tony Pena, SS5010024 .239
    Brandon Duckworth, P00000001.000
    Mark Grudzielanek, 2B1110000 .250
Brian Bannister, P10100001.000
   a- Shane Costa, PH1000011 .190
    Jimmy Gobble, P0000000 .000
    Zack Greinke, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Sweeney, PH1000003 .258
    David Riske, P0000000 .000
    Joakim Soria, P0000000 .000
    Angel Berroa, SS1001000 .200
Totals4810151069  
a-struck out for Bannister in the 6th
b-flied out for Greinke in the 8th
Batting
2B - Joel Peralta (1, Ramirez), Ryan Shealy (3, Hirsh), Mark Grudzielanek (12, Ramirez)
3B - Mark Teahen (2, Fuentes), Alex Gordon (1, Hirsh)
SH - Esteban German (2), Angel Berroa (1)
RBI - Joel Peralta 2 (2), Mark Teahen 3 (23), Emil Brown 2 (14), Ryan Shealy 2 (11), Angel Berroa (1)
2-OUT RBI - Joel Peralta 2 (2), Mark Teahen 2 (9), Ryan Shealy (6)
SB - Alex Gordon (4, 2nd base off Ramirez/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Grudzielanek-Berroa-Shealy, Gordon-Grudzielanek-Shealy
E - Emil Brown (1, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Brian Bannister 5533140 4.39
Jimmy Gobble (H,4) 0.2100010 2.60
Zack Greinke (H,3) 1.1000020 4.85
David Riske (H,4) 0.2100200 3.66
Joakim Soria (BS,3) 1.1211120 3.74
Brandon Duckworth 1110410 2.31
Joel Peralta (W,1-2) 2100020 4.82
IBB - Hawpe by David Riske, Helton by Joakim Soria, Helton by Brandon Duckworth
HBP - Tulowitzki (by Joakim Soria)
WP - Brian Bannister (3), Brandon Duckworth (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Bannister 83-51, Jimmy Gobble 14-9, Zack Greinke 19-14, David Riske 26-12, Joakim Soria 29-16, Brandon Duckworth 36-15, Joel Peralta 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Bannister 5-6, Zack Greinke 1-1, David Riske 1-1, Joakim Soria 1-1, Brandon Duckworth 1-1, Joel Peralta 2-0
Batters Faced - Brian Bannister 21, Jimmy Gobble 3, Zack Greinke 4, David Riske 5, Joakim Soria 8, Brandon Duckworth 8, Joel Peralta 5
Colorado Rockies
Steve Finley, CF5210113 .179
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3112221 .257
Matt Holliday, LF6021012 .348
Todd Helton, 1B4020200 .360
Garrett Atkins, 3B6010027 .237
Brad Hawpe, RF5110133 .275
Chris Iannetta, C3000003 .188
   a- Jeff Baker, PH1000003 .241
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
   b- Jamey Carroll, PH-2B2010000 .180
Omar Quintanilla, 2B4111120 .256
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
    Tom Martin, P1000001 .000
Jason Hirsh, P1010000 .059
   c- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1000001 .000
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   d- Willy Taveras, PH1000000 .292
    Darren Clarke, P0000000 .000
    Yorvit Torrealba, C2000110 .237
Totals455114812  
a-flied out for Iannetta in the 8th
b-grounded out for Corpas in the 10th
c-fouled out for Hirsh in the 5th
d-lined out for Affeldt in the 7th
Batting
2B - Troy Tulowitzki (6, Bannister), Brad Hawpe (10, Bannister), Omar Quintanilla (3, Bannister)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki 2 (19), Matt Holliday (33), Omar Quintanilla (2)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Tulowitzki 2 (9), Matt Holliday (6)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Quintanilla-Helton
E - Brad Hawpe (1, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Jason Hirsh 5644130 4.28
Jorge Julio 1200010 10.32
Jeremy Affeldt 1000010 3.57
Darren Clarke 1200110 0.00
Manuel Corpas 2000220 2.82
Brian Fuentes 1111100 2.66
Ramon Ramirez (L,1-1) 0.2355110 9.00
Tom Martin 0.1100000 6.14
IBB - Teahen by Manuel Corpas, DeJesus by Ramon Ramirez
HBP - Bannister (by Jason Hirsh), Gordon (by Ramon Ramirez)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hirsh 77-50, Jorge Julio 17-11, Jeremy Affeldt 13-8, Darren Clarke 23-14, Manuel Corpas 33-17, Brian Fuentes 23-14, Ramon Ramirez 24-14, Tom Martin 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hirsh 5-7, Jorge Julio 1-0, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0, Manuel Corpas 4-0, Brian Fuentes 1-2, Ramon Ramirez 1-0, Tom Martin 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Hirsh 23, Jorge Julio 4, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Darren Clarke 6, Manuel Corpas 8, Brian Fuentes 5, Ramon Ramirez 7, Tom Martin 2
Game Information
Attendance - 25829
Game Time - 4:34
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Paul Schrieber