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San Francisco at Kansas City

San Francisco (32-44)23104000010162
Kansas City (33-43) «00212510x11142

Royals drop Giants with historic eight-run rally wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Down seven runs with San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum on the mound, things sure looked bleak for the Royals.

Once they got him out of the game, though, all bets were off.

Mike Aviles had three RBI and Joey Gathright drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, capping one of the best comebacks in Royals history in an 11-10 victory over the Giants on Sunday.

Seven different Royals drove in runs, including a pair of RBI from David DeJesus, and Kansas City belted out 14 hits. The comeback matched the second-best in Royals history, after a nine-run rally on June 15, 1979, at Milwaukee.

"When we got it to 10-5, the talk in the dugout - and they were accurate - was that we had the momentum even though we were down five runs," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "Today was a grinding out kind of day to comeback from a big deficit against a real good starting pitcher. It's one of those situations of never quitting as far as a mental mindset, feeling we had a chance against Lincecum and their bullpen."

Lincecum took a 10-3 lead into the bottom of the fifth. The Royals scored two in the inning on Jose Guillen's single and Alex Gordon's sacrifice fly, then sent 11 batters to the plate in a five-run sixth that tied it up.

Left-hander Ron Mahay (3-0) worked two hitless innings to pick up the victory, and Joakim Soria worked the ninth for his 20th save in 21 opportunities. He had retired 18 in a row before Randy Winn's two-out single in the ninth.

"There were so many things when you lose a game like that," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It goes to show that you have to play hard for nine innings, and they did. They shut us down the last four innings and we had trouble shutting them down. This was an ugly game for both sides, really."

Winn went 4-for-5 and had three RBI for the Giants, and John Bowker drove in three runs with a bases-clearing double in the fifth that helped push their advantage to seven runs.

That's when Kansas City, sporting throwback Monarchs uniforms, started to rally.

The Royals closed within 10-5 against Lincecum, chasing him after five innings, and got four consecutive hits against reliever Keiichi Yabu in the sixth. Jack Taschner and Vinnie Chulk didn't fare much better, with the Royals getting run-producing singles from Ross Gload, Alberto Collaspo and DeJesus.

Aviles' two-out, two-run double tied the game at 10-10.

"We didn't fold over," Aviles said. "We just kept battling back, getting a run here, a run there, and the next thing you know we're up 11-10 and everything is in our favor. If you're in this game and you don't feel like you can win, you're probably not in the right business."

Gathright's seventh-inning single drove in Callaspo, who reached on a fielding error by Emmanuel Burriss, with the go-ahead run.

Alex Hinshaw (1-1), the fifth of six Giants pitchers, took the loss after giving up the unearned run.

Fred Lewis had three of the Giants' 16 hits, extending his personal hitting streak to a career-high 12 games. He drove in a run, walked twice and scored two runs.

Lincecum gave up five runs on six hits, two walks and two wild pitches, while striking out eight and throwing 109 pitches in his shortest start of the season.

DeJesus energized the Royals by scoring from second on a wild pitch in the third inning and bowling over Lincecum covering home.

"That wakes you up a little bit, no doubt," Hillman said.

Said DeJesus: "When I made it to third, I saw the catcher was trying to find the ball, so I took a chance. It worked out. He was in the way. I was just trying to get a run and get us going. That gave us that little spark."

Lincecum said that play did not effect his pitching.

"I fell on my back," he said. "It had nothing to do with the outcome. I had trouble finding my rhythm. It was a lack of focus on my part. I've just got to find a way to get the job done and minimize the damage. We had a chance to step on their throat when they were down and we didn't do it. I didn't help with that and I'm pretty disappointed in myself."

Royals starter Kyle Davies, who was 3-0 with a 1.46 ERA in his first four starts since a May 31 promotion from Triple-A Omaha, lasted just 1 1/3 innings, permitting five runs. He faced 12 batters and eight reached base -- six hits and two walks.

Reliever Jeff Fulchino didn't do much to slow down San Francisco, either, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks in three innings.


  • Aviles' three-RBI game was a career high.
  • Lewis is hitting .391 in his hitting streak.
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Royals closer Joakim Soria gets congratulated by catcher John Buck after notching his 20th save.  (AP)
Royals closer Joakim Soria gets congratulated by catcher John Buck after notching his 20th save. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

D. DeJesus
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
San Francisco

R. Winn
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
San Francisco Giants
Fred Lewis, LF4231200 .292
Ray Durham, 2B4310212 .296
Randy Winn, RF5243100 .307
Bengie Molina, DH5001006 .308
Aaron Rowand, CF4122100 .305
John Bowker, 1B5033002 .273
Jose Castillo, 3B-SS5120003 .258
Steve Holm, C4110112 .221
Emmanuel Burriss, SS4000022 .286
   a- Rich Aurilia, PH-3B1000011 .289
a-struck out for Burriss in the 8th
2B - Fred Lewis 2 (17, Davies, Fulchino), John Bowker (8, Yabuta), Jose Castillo (21, Fulchino)
SF - Bengie Molina (9)
RBI - Fred Lewis (23), Randy Winn 3 (32), Bengie Molina (48), Aaron Rowand 2 (41), John Bowker 3 (32)
2-OUT RBI - Randy Winn (8), Aaron Rowand 2 (16), John Bowker 3 (10)
SB - Fred Lewis (13, 2nd base off Yabuta/Buck), Randy Winn (11, 2nd base off Fulchino/Buck)
Team LOB - 12
Outfield Assists - Aaron Rowand 1
PB - Steve Holm (1)
E - Emmanuel Burriss (2, Misplayed grounder), Fred Lewis (3, Missed catch of throw)
San Francisco Giants
Tim Lincecum 5655280 2.54
Keiichi Yabu0444000 2.75
Jack Taschner (H,7) 0.1111100 2.70
Vinnie Chulk 0.2100110 4.83
Alex Hinshaw (L,1-1) 0.2110200 3.45
Tyler Walker 1.1100010 4.60
IBB - Teahen by Vinnie Chulk
WP - Tim Lincecum 2 (10)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 109-64, Keiichi Yabu 14-6, Jack Taschner 17-9, Vinnie Chulk 16-8, Alex Hinshaw 19-9, Tyler Walker 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 5-2, Alex Hinshaw 1-1, Tyler Walker 2-0
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 23, Keiichi Yabu 4, Jack Taschner 3, Vinnie Chulk 4, Alex Hinshaw 5, Tyler Walker 4
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF3222200 .309
Joey Gathright, CF4011123 .245
Alex Gordon, 3B3111113 .268
Jose Guillen, DH5021025 .291
Mike Aviles, 2B-SS5013012 .328
Mark Teahen, RF4120111 .259
John Buck, C4210124 .243
Ross Gload, 1B4221000 .241
Tony Pena, SS2110011 .159
   a- Alberto Callaspo, PH-2B2211000 .299
a-singled for Pena in the 6th
2B - David DeJesus (10, Lincecum), Mike Aviles (8, Chulk), John Buck (12, Yabu)
SF - Alex Gordon (1)
RBI - David DeJesus 2 (37), Joey Gathright (13), Alex Gordon (32), Jose Guillen (58), Mike Aviles 3 (12), Ross Gload (10), Alberto Callaspo (4)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus (11), Jose Guillen (26), Mike Aviles 2 (6)
SB - Mike Aviles (2, 2nd base off Lincecum/Holm)
CS - Mark Teahen (2, 2nd base by T. Walker/Holm)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Pena-Aviles-Gload
E - Kyle Davies (1, Throwing), Joey Gathright (1, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
Kyle Davies 1.1655210 3.12
Jeff Fulchino 3744320 9.00
Yasuhiko Yabuta 1.2211100 5.46
Ron Mahay (W,3-0) 2000110 2.09
Joakim Soria (S,20) 1100010 1.32
WP - Kyle Davies (1), Jeff Fulchino (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 52-34, Jeff Fulchino 68-36, Yasuhiko Yabuta 31-17, Ron Mahay 25-13, Joakim Soria 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 2-1, Jeff Fulchino 4-2, Yasuhiko Yabuta 2-3, Ron Mahay 4-1, Joakim Soria 2-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 12, Jeff Fulchino 18, Yasuhiko Yabuta 8, Ron Mahay 7, Joakim Soria 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20499
Game Time - 3:59
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Chuck Meriwether