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Kansas City at Cincinnati

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Kansas City (26-36) «00003200001670
Cincinnati (35-27)120100010005140

Royals 6, Reds 5 (11)

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CINCINNATI -- Ned Yost made seven pitching changes and got to thinking about which position player might take the mound if the game kept going.

Felt like he was back in the National League all over again.

The former Brewers manager used his entire bullpen to prevent the Cincinnati Reds from pulling off yet another last-minute win Friday night, and Yuniesky Betancourt completed his big game with a run-scoring single in the 11th inning, sending the Kansas City Royals to a 6-5 interleague win.

"That was National League ball right there," said Yost, who took over when Trey Hillman was fired last month. "We pulled every string we could pull to try to win that game, and it worked out good. Everybody had a part in this one tonight. I had one player left and I was saving him in case I had to pitch a position player."

Betancourt let the Royals -- who arrived in town at 3 a.m. -- finally relax. He had an RBI double and a two-run homer that put Kansas City up 5-4.

"He killed us all night," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We had plenty of opportunities. It's tough, especially when you've been so good at picking up baserunners."

The Reds lead the majors in comeback wins, pulling out 12 of them in their last at-bat. They tied it in the eighth, but stranded runners in scoring position in each of the last three innings.

Micah Owings (3-2) set up the Royals' final rally by walking Billy Butler and Brayan Pena, who is only 2 for 18 this season. Betancourt singled to center, breaking the tie with KC's first hit since his homer in the sixth inning.

"It was a long game for both teams," said Butler, who scored when Drew Stubbs' off-line throw was cut off. "We had a late night getting here. I was doing all I could to score there."

Victor Marte (1-0) escaped a two-on threat in the 10th. Joakim Soria retired Scott Rolen on a sharply hit fly ball with runners on first and third to end it, getting his 15th save in 17 tries. Soria was KC's eighth pitcher.

Despite the loss, Cincinnati remained in first place in the NL Central. The Reds haven't led so late in a season since June 17, 2002, when they were playing at Cinergy Field.

This year, they are at the best when the game's near the end. They rallied to make this one go extra long before Owings' control problems let it slip. He walked two ahead of Betancourt's decisive single.

KC's Blake Wood failed to hold a 5-4 lead in the eighth, when the Reds loaded the bases with no outs. Brandon Phillips, whose eighth-inning triple set up another last at-bat win over the Giants on Thursday, got the rally started with a single that extended the longest active hitting streak in the majors to 14 games.

Jay Bruce's sacrifice fly tied it, but Wood escaped further damage. Bruce also had an RBI double and a solo homer off starter Luke Hochevar.

Hochevar gave up four runs in four innings, then was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the fifth with the Royals down 4-1 and the lack of a DH coming into play. Yost decided to bat Wilson Betemit with runners on second and third and one out. Hochevar had thrown only 68 pitches -- his fewest in a game this season -- but is 0 for 8 career at the plate with seven strikeouts.

The moved worked. Betemit drew a walk from Bronson Arroyo that loaded the bases, and Scott Podsednik singled home a run that cut it to 4-2. Another scored when Jason Kendall grounded into a forceout at second base -- umpire Tim Welke started to call Kendall out at first base as well for a double play, then changed his mind and waved his arms in the "safe" signal.

Betancourt hit a two-run homer off Arroyo in the sixth for a 5-4 lead.

"I was cruising through four innings," Arroyo said. "That deep in the game, that's a lead I shouldn't give up, especially with as good of command as I had. You can't give back a four-run lead."

Notes

  • Kendall extended his hitless streak to 0 for 19.
  • Reds RHP Homer Bailey had to skip a bullpen workout Friday because of soreness in his pitching shoulder. Bailey has been on the 15-day DL since May 24 with an inflamed pitching shoulder. The setback leaves the timing of his comeback uncertain.
  • RHP Edinson Volquez, recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery last August, is scheduled to make his first rehab start Saturday at Class A. Volquez is nearing the end of his 50-game suspension for using a banned fertility substance.
 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

Y. Betancourt
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Cincinnati

S. Rolen
AB 6
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Kansas City Royals
Scott Podsednik, LF5011000 .284
Jason Kendall, C5001010 .275
    Victor Marte, P0000000 .000
    Joakim Soria, P0000000 .000
David DeJesus, CF-RF4000122 .303
Billy Butler, 1B3100211 .319
Jose Guillen, RF4120001 .263
    Blake Wood, P0000000 .000
    Kanekoa Texeira, P0000000 .000
    Dusty Hughes, P0000000 .000
    Brayan Pena, C0000100 .111
Alberto Callaspo, 3B5110013 .275
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS5234010 .287
Chris Getz, 2B4100002 .205
Luke Hochevar, P1000010 .000
   a- Wilson Betemit, PH0000100 .500
    Kyle Farnsworth, P0000000 .000
   b- Willie Bloomquist, PH1000000 .197
    Robinson Tejeda, P0000000 .000
    Mitch Maier, CF1000000 .258
Totals3867657  
a-walked for Hochevar in the 5th
b-grounded out for Farnsworth in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jose Guillen (11, Arroyo), Yuniesky Betancourt (14, Arroyo)
HR - Yuniesky Betancourt (5, Arroyo)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (21), Jason Kendall (18), Yuniesky Betancourt 4 (27)
2-OUT RBI - Yuniesky Betancourt 3 (12)
Team LOB - 4
Kansas City Royals
Luke Hochevar 4644031 4.96
Kyle Farnsworth 2100000 2.49
Robinson Tejeda (H,4) 1000110 4.02
Blake Wood (BS,2) 1211100 3.52
Kanekoa Texeira 0.2100100 5.06
Dusty Hughes 0.1000000 3.68
Victor Marte (W,1-0) 1200010 4.22
Joakim Soria (S,15) 1200000 3.04
Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hochevar 68-39, Kyle Farnsworth 22-16, Robinson Tejeda 20-11, Blake Wood 20-12, Kanekoa Texeira 12-7, Dusty Hughes 2-1, Victor Marte 19-13, Joakim Soria 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hochevar 4-5, Robinson Tejeda 1-1, Blake Wood 1-2, Kanekoa Texeira 2-0, Victor Marte 1-1, Joakim Soria 1-2
Batters Faced - Luke Hochevar 18, Kyle Farnsworth 6, Robinson Tejeda 4, Blake Wood 6, Kanekoa Texeira 4, Dusty Hughes 1, Victor Marte 5, Joakim Soria 5
Cincinnati Reds
Orlando Cabrera, SS5110003 .267
Brandon Phillips, 2B4120101 .304
Joey Votto, 1B5000115 .301
Scott Rolen, 3B6041002 .309
Jonny Gomes, LF5010015 .301
Jay Bruce, RF4222003 .274
Drew Stubbs, CF5111024 .241
Corky Miller, C3011010 .077
   a- Laynce Nix, PH1010000 .259
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
   b- Miguel Cairo, PH1000002 .284
    Micah Owings, P0000000 .100
Bronson Arroyo, P2000001 .214
   c- Chris Heisey, PH0000100 .273
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
   d- Ramon Hernandez, PH-C1010000 .295
Totals42514535  
a-singled for Miller in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Herrera in the 10th
c-walked for Arroyo in the 7th
d-hit a sacrifice bunt for Cordero in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jay Bruce (11, Hochevar)
HR - Jay Bruce (9, Hochevar)
SF - Jay Bruce (2)
SH - Orlando Cabrera (2), Brandon Phillips (6), Ramon Hernandez (1)
RBI - Scott Rolen (44), Jay Bruce 2 (29), Drew Stubbs (30), Corky Miller (1)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Rolen (14)
SB - Brandon Phillips (9, 2nd base off Wood/Kendall)
CS - Scott Rolen (2, 2nd base by Farnsworth/Kendall)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Drew Stubbs 2
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo 7655341 4.80
Logan Ondrusek 1000020 8.49
Francisco Cordero 1000010 3.77
Danny Herrera 1000000 3.63
Micah Owings (L,3-2) 1111200 3.81
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 109-75, Logan Ondrusek 13-9, Francisco Cordero 8-6, Danny Herrera 9-7, Micah Owings 19-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 11-5, Logan Ondrusek 1-0, Francisco Cordero 1-1, Danny Herrera 1-2, Micah Owings 1-1
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 29, Logan Ondrusek 3, Francisco Cordero 3, Danny Herrera 3, Micah Owings 5
Game Information
Attendance - 25847
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Bill Welke