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DENVER -- Reliever Joel Peralta couldn't describe his first major league hit.
His eyes were closed.
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."
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."
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.
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.
|What's so funny? Pitcher Joel Peralta's first major league hit, a two-run double. (US Presswire)|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|David DeJesus, CF||4||3||1||0||3||1||1||.273|
|Esteban German, 2B||4||1||0||0||1||0||4||.276|
|Joel Peralta, P||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||1.000|
|Mark Teahen, RF||6||1||3||3||1||1||1||.306|
|Emil Brown, LF||7||1||1||2||0||1||5||.218|
|Alex Gordon, 3B||5||1||2||0||0||0||3||.177|
|Ryan Shealy, 1B||5||1||3||2||1||2||1||.214|
|Paul Phillips, C||6||0||1||0||0||1||3||.200|
|Tony Pena, SS||5||0||1||0||0||2||4||.239|
|Brandon Duckworth, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Mark Grudzielanek, 2B||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Brian Bannister, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|a- Shane Costa, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.190|
|Jimmy Gobble, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Zack Greinke, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Mike Sweeney, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.258|
|David Riske, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joakim Soria, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Angel Berroa, SS||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.200|
|a-struck out for Bannister in the 6th|
|b-flied out for Greinke in the 8th|
|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|
|DP - Grudzielanek-Berroa-Shealy, Gordon-Grudzielanek-Shealy|
|E - Emil Brown (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Jimmy Gobble (H,4)||0.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.60|
|Zack Greinke (H,3)||1.1||0||0||0||0||2||0||4.85|
|David Riske (H,4)||0.2||1||0||0||2||0||0||3.66|
|Joakim Soria (BS,3)||1.1||2||1||1||1||2||0||3.74|
|Joel Peralta (W,1-2)||2||1||0||0||0||2||0||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|
|Steve Finley, CF||5||2||1||0||1||1||3||.179|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||3||1||1||2||2||2||1||.257|
|Matt Holliday, LF||6||0||2||1||0||1||2||.348|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||0||2||0||2||0||0||.360|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||6||0||1||0||0||2||7||.237|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||5||1||1||0||1||3||3||.275|
|Chris Iannetta, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.188|
|a- Jeff Baker, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.241|
|Manuel Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jamey Carroll, PH-2B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.180|
|Omar Quintanilla, 2B||4||1||1||1||1||2||0||.256|
|Brian Fuentes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ramon Ramirez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tom Martin, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Jason Hirsh, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.059|
|c- Ryan Spilborghs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Jorge Julio, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Willy Taveras, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.292|
|Darren Clarke, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.237|
|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|
|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|
|DP - Tulowitzki-Quintanilla-Helton|
|E - Brad Hawpe (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Ramon Ramirez (L,1-1)||0.2||3||5||5||1||1||0||9.00|
|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|
|Attendance - 25829|
|Game Time - 4:34|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Paul Schrieber|