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And he used it to his advantage.
"I know what he's got," Olivo said. "But I was not expecting he'd throw me a fastball in that situation. He usually throws sliders. But I was glad to see it."
Olivo's shot off Fulchino (2-3) ricocheted off the railing in center field and bounced back onto the field. It was his 11th homer and gave the Royals their second straight win after they broke a five-game losing streak with Tuesday's win in the series opener.
"It was a wild ride," Royals manager Trey Hillman said.
An error by Houston first baseman Lance Berkman and a call the Astros disputed -- the umpires had it right -- helped the Royals get the tying run in the ninth.
The Astros took a 2-1 lead into the ninth behind Jose Valverde. Mitch Maier reached on Berkman's one-out error and pinch-hitter Mike Jacobs followed with a deep drive. Left fielder Jason Michaels claimed he caught the ball, but replays showed it caromed off the wall into his glove.
Jacobs' single sent Maier to third, and David DeJesus' single made it 2-all.
"It went around where I couldn't see, but it was a heads up base-running play by Maier to go to third," Hillman said. "He saw it ricochet off the wall and the bullpen confirmed it. It definitely hit the wall."
Royals reliever Kyle Farnsworth was injured in the eighth inning on his third pitch. He released the ball and crumpled to the ground, clutching the top of his right leg. He hobbled off the field with help and was replaced by Jamey Wright. Team officials said Farnsworth had a right groin injury and would be evaluated Thursday.
The Astros trailed 1-0 before Darin Erstad's pinch-hit, two-run homer in the sixth.
Pinch-hitter Tug Hulett delivered an RBI single in the top of the sixth that broke a scoreless tie. It was his first hit of the season after going 0 for 11.
Houston starter Roy Oswalt allowed one run in six innings, striking out eight.
"I didn't really feel good on the mound as far as physically," he said. "I've thrown a lot of pitches in the last three games, 120, 130 and 105 tonight. That's about all I had."
Maier tried to stretch a triple into an inside-the-park home run in the third but was tagged out at the plater by a diving Rodriguez.
Maier's ball bounced deep in center field before Michael Bourn scooped it up and got it to second baseman Kazuo Matsui. Maier appeared to slow down as he approached third base, but third base coach Dave Owen waved him home. Matsui got the ball to Rodriguez who took a belly flop to get in front of Maier for the tag.
"I thought we had a shot [but] with no outs that's probably not the wisest play to make," Hillman said. "Visibly it was a tough play to call, but nobody felt worse than Dave."
Astros manager Cecil Cooper said this one was hard to take.
"This was definitely one of the more disappointing losses of the year," he said. "It was tough. They just outplayed us tonight."
|Miguel Olivo (right) puts the Royals ahead in the 11th inning with his homer to center field. (AP)|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|David DeJesus, LF||6||0||3||1||0||1||0||.249|
|Alberto Callaspo, 2B||6||0||1||0||0||2||3||.302|
|Billy Butler, 1B||5||0||0||0||1||2||2||.283|
|Jose Guillen, RF||6||0||0||0||0||0||5||.257|
|Mark Teahen, 3B||5||1||2||0||0||0||0||.281|
|Brayan Pena, C||4||1||2||1||1||0||0||.310|
|Joakim Soria, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|John Bale, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Luis Hernandez, SS||2||0||0||0||0||2||3||.211|
|a- Tug Hulett, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.083|
|Tony Pena Jr., SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.097|
|b- Willie Bloomquist, PH-SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.275|
|Mitch Maier, CF||4||1||1||0||1||1||0||.235|
|Luke Hochevar, P||3||0||0||0||0||3||3||.000|
|Kyle Farnsworth, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jamey Wright, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Mike Jacobs, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Roman Colon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Miguel Olivo, C||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.257|
|a-singled for Hernandez in the 6th|
|b-grounded out for Pena in the 9th|
|c-singled for Wright in the 9th|
|2B - David DeJesus (14, Oswalt), Mark Teahen (13, Oswalt)|
|3B - Mitch Maier (3, Oswalt)|
|HR - Brayan Pena (1, Byrdak), Miguel Olivo (11, Fulchino)|
|RBI - David DeJesus (32), Brayan Pena (3), Tug Hulett (1), Miguel Olivo (29)|
|2-OUT RBI - Tug Hulett (1)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|Outfield Assists - David DeJesus 1|
|E - Tony Pena Jr. (4, Throwing)|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Joakim Soria (BS,2; W,2-0)||1||2||1||1||1||1||0||2.16|
|John Bale (S,1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||5.00|
|HBP - Tejada (by Luke Hochevar)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hochevar 93-61, Kyle Farnsworth 3-2, Jamey Wright 18-9, Roman Colon 14-8, Joakim Soria 22-12, John Bale 12-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hochevar 11-5, Jamey Wright 2-0, Joakim Soria 1-1, John Bale 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Luke Hochevar 25, Kyle Farnsworth 1, Jamey Wright 4, Roman Colon 3, Joakim Soria 6, John Bale 3|
|Michael Bourn, CF||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.294|
|Jeff Keppinger, 3B||3||0||0||0||2||1||0||.261|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.332|
|Carlos Lee, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Jason Michaels, LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.179|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||1||0||.239|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||0||0||0||1||0||0||.324|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.254|
|Kazuo Matsui, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.241|
|Roy Oswalt, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.111|
|a- Darin Erstad, PH||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.147|
|Chris Sampson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|LaTroy Hawkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Edwin Maysonet, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.315|
|Jose Valverde, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tim Byrdak, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Matt Kata, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.217|
|Jeff Fulchino, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-homered for Oswalt in the 6th|
|b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Hawkins in the 8th|
|c-singled for Byrdak in the 10th|
|HR - Darin Erstad (1, Hochevar)|
|SH - Kazuo Matsui (5), Edwin Maysonet (2)|
|RBI - Darin Erstad 2 (5), Matt Kata (2)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Michael Bourn 1|
|E - Lance Berkman (4, Misplayed grounder), Jeff Keppinger (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|Chris Sampson (H,12)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.14|
|LaTroy Hawkins (H,6)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.78|
|Jose Valverde (BS,3)||1||2||1||0||1||0||0||3.14|
|Jeff Fulchino (L,2-3)||1||2||1||1||0||2||1||2.76|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 106-71, Chris Sampson 9-4, LaTroy Hawkins 7-6, Jose Valverde 24-14, Tim Byrdak 17-10, Jeff Fulchino 23-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 4-6, Chris Sampson 2-1, LaTroy Hawkins 1-2, Jose Valverde 3-1, Tim Byrdak 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 27, Chris Sampson 3, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Jose Valverde 7, Tim Byrdak 4, Jeff Fulchino 5|
|Attendance - 28602|
|Game Time - 3:35|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Delfin Colon, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Mark Wegner|