O'Hearn, Dozier HR in 9th to walk off Royals over Indians

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Salvador Perez made a young fan's night by coming through on his promise to hit a home run.

A few hours later, a couple kids on the Kansas City Royals hit their own memorable shots.

Ryan O'Hearn and Hunter Dozier became the first rookies ever to hit back-to-back home runs to tie and win a game in the ninth inning, lifting the Kansas City Royals over the Cleveland Indians 5-4 on Friday night.

O'Hearn and Dozier went deep off closer Cody Allen leading off the ninth, capping a wild finish that followed an odd game featuring a 30-minute delay when a broken water pipe near Kauffman Stadium's outfield fountains led to flooding on the warning track.

''This is an incredible game, fun to be a part of,'' Royals rookie right-hander Brad Keller said. ''That ninth inning was so wild. I've never seen back-to-back homers to walk off a game. It was crazy. It's fun. Baseball every day is different. That's what makes it fun.''

It started before the game, when six-time All-Star catcher Perez guaranteed a fan in a wheelchair, Colin Couch, that he would hit a home run after meeting him before the game.

After Whit Merrifield opened the game with a walk and Alex Gordon followed with a single, Perez made good on the promise by smashing a 454-foot, opposite-field home run - the longest by any Royal this season - into Kauffman Stadium's iconic right field fountains.

''We were talking and I said, `I'll hit a homer for you today, OK?''' Perez said. ''He was so happy and all that. After I hit a homer I was looking, he was close to my family in the family (seating), so he was excited.''

Yonder Alonso socked a two-out, two-run home run off Brandon Maurer to put Cleveland ahead 4-3 in the eighth. Alonso also went deep in the fourth, marking his fifth career multihomer game and second this season.

O'Hearn and Dozier then rescued Kansas City from a sixth straight loss with their homers off Allen. O'Hearn, a rookie first baseman, tied it with a blast into the left field bullpen, and Dozier followed with a wall-scraper to right-center field.

''I was just honestly trying to get a fastball to hit,'' said Dozier, who has seven home runs. ''I wanted to hit it out.''

It was the fourth blown save of the season for Allen (4-5), whose ERA climbed to 4.50 in the loss. Wily Peralta (1-0) picked up the victory for the Royals, who were fresh off a four-game sweep at the Tampa Bay Rays.

LEAKY SITUATION

The fountains sprang a leak during the fourth inning. Relievers in the Royals bullpen jumped and yelled to alert game officials and maintenance workers, triggering the stoppage.

''I thought I was back in the minor leagues,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''Nobody knew what was going on.''

As maintenance personnel worked to stop the flow of water, more than a dozen grounds crew members armed with squeegees wicked water from the warning track as it poured from under the fence. They also created a sandbag barrier to keep standing water from reaching the outfield grass.

Rookie right-hander Brad Keller shrugged off the unusual delay, which came after Yan Gomes' two-out double, and struck out Greg Allen to get of the inning with the lead intact.

SEE YA

Home plate umpire Ramon DeJesus ejected Royals bench coach Dale Sveum during Brantley's at-bat leading off the eighth inning. It was Sveum's 16th career ejection - 10 as a manager, five as an assistant coach and once as a player.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy (left oblique strain) threw a simulated game. Kennedy hasn't pitched since July 10 at Minnesota. ... RF Jorge Soler (left toe fracture) took some swings against Kennedy during the simulated game. ... RHP Jesse Hahn underwent surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow a few weeks ago. It was not a reconstruction, commonly known as Tommy John surgery, but Hahn is expected to be sidelined at least six months. He suffered the UCL strain in March and had worked his way back to Triple-A through the rehab process, which started last month, before the surgery.

Indians: LHP Andrew Miller (right knee inflammation) returned Aug. 3 from the 60-day disabled list, but he's only appeared in nine games during the last three weeks. Indians manager Terry Francona said Friday that the priority is using Miller in situations when a win is on the line. When he's not available, it taxes the bullpen - which is down to seven pitchers, including two situational arms. Relief will come when the rosters expand Sept. 1. ... RHP Nick Goody has been sidelined with right elbow inflammation since May 3. He will have season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his elbow ''sometime next week,'' but the ulnar collateral ligament is intact, Francona said. ... RHP Cody Anderson pitched off the mound in Arizona for the first time since having Tommy John surgery in March 2017.

UP NEXT

Two-time Cy Young Award winner RHP Corey Kluber (16-6) gets the nod for the Indians in the second game of a three-game series. He is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two previous starts this season against the Royals, who send rookie RHP Heath Filmyer (1-1) for the 6:15 p.m. first pitch.

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CLE73-55
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KC39-90
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  • W: W. Peralta (1-0)L: C. Allen (4-5)
  • HR: CLE - Y. Alonso 2 (22), KC - S. Perez (22), H. Dozier (7), R. O'Hearn (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS50100012.288.366.537.9030.5
M. Brantley LF40210111.303.359.471.8303.5
J. Ramirez 3B41100104.295.408.6161.0243.0
E. Encarnacion DH40000015.230.316.471.787-0.5
Y. Alonso 1B42232022.248.312.446.75812.0
M. Cabrera RF30000110.265.310.432.7420.5
J. Kipnis 2B40000001.218.307.347.6540.0
Y. Gomes C40300010.259.312.435.7473.5
G. Allen CF31100012.259.297.335.6323.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B31000102.304.373.431.8032.0
    A. Gordon LF41200010.242.323.351.6742.5
    S. Perez C31131102.232.270.430.7009.0
    L. Duda DH40000001.232.303.386.6890.0
    J. Bonifacio RF40000001.214.301.338.6390.0
    R. O'Hearn 1B41211020.232.295.589.8847.0
    H. Dozier 3B31111021.217.275.349.6246.0
    B. Phillips CF20000121.182.258.307.5650.0
    A. Mondesi SS30000022.247.266.393.660-1.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Gomes (21)
      • HR - Y. Alonso 2 (22)
      • SH - G. Allen (4)
      • RBI - M. Brantley (69), Y. Alonso 3 (74)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alonso 2 (26)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Ramirez 2 (2), E. Encarnacion 2 (2), Y. Alonso 2 (2), J. Kipnis, G. Allen
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. O'Hearn (2)
      • HR - S. Perez (22), R. O'Hearn (6), H. Dozier (7)
      • RBI - S. Perez 3 (64), R. O'Hearn (12), H. Dozier (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, S. Perez 2 (2), J. Bonifacio, H. Dozier
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Allen (13)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Merrifield-O'Hearn)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger6.04332813.301.2316.0
      A. Miller1.00000103.131.263.5
      B. Hand (H, 9)1.00001002.561.062.0
      C. Allen (L, 4-5) (BS, 4)0.02220024.501.30-9.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger6.0
      A. Miller1.0
      B. Hand (H, 9)1.0
      C. Allen (L, 4-5) (BS, 4)0.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller5.06221513.331.358.5
      B. Flynn (H, 4)1.00000203.971.644.0
      K. McCarthy (H, 13)1.01000103.491.292.5
      B. Maurer (BS, 5)1.02221018.252.25-2.0
      W. Peralta (W, 1-0)1.01001003.321.258.0
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller5.0
      B. Flynn (H, 4)1.0
      K. McCarthy (H, 13)1.0
      B. Maurer (BS, 5)1.0
      W. Peralta (W, 1-0)1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - A. Miller (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 105-64, A. Miller 11-7, B. Hand 12-7, C. Allen 4-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 2-8, B. Hand 3-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 24, A. Miller 4, B. Hand 4, C. Allen 2
      PITCHING
      • WP - W. Peralta (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 96-60, B. Flynn 17-12, K. McCarthy 12-7, B. Maurer 30-16, W. Peralta 21-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 6-4, K. McCarthy 1-0, B. Maurer 1-2, W. Peralta 3-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 22, B. Flynn 3, K. McCarthy 3, B. Maurer 6, W. Peralta 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      CLE73-55
      0011000204100
      KC39-90
      300000002560
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS50100012.288.366.537.9030.5
      M. Brantley LF40210111.303.359.471.8303.5
      J. Ramirez 3B41100104.295.408.6161.0243.0
      E. Encarnacion DH40000015.230.316.471.787-0.5
      Y. Alonso 1B42232022.248.312.446.75812.0
      M. Cabrera RF30000110.265.310.432.7420.5
      J. Kipnis 2B40000001.218.307.347.6540.0
      Y. Gomes C40300010.259.312.435.7473.5
      G. Allen CF31100012.259.297.335.6323.5
      Total35410423817-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B31000102.304.373.431.8032.0
        A. Gordon LF41200010.242.323.351.6742.5
        S. Perez C31131102.232.270.430.7009.0
        L. Duda DH40000001.232.303.386.6890.0
        J. Bonifacio RF40000001.214.301.338.6390.0
        R. O'Hearn 1B41211020.232.295.589.8847.0
        H. Dozier 3B31111021.217.275.349.6246.0
        B. Phillips CF20000121.182.258.307.5650.0
        A. Mondesi SS30000022.247.266.393.660-1.0
        Total3056533910-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Gomes (21)
          • HR - Y. Alonso 2 (22)
          • SH - G. Allen (4)
          • RBI - M. Brantley (69), Y. Alonso 3 (74)
          • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alonso 2 (26)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Ramirez 2 (2), E. Encarnacion 2 (2), Y. Alonso 2 (2), J. Kipnis, G. Allen
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. O'Hearn (2)
          • HR - S. Perez (22), R. O'Hearn (6), H. Dozier (7)
          • RBI - S. Perez 3 (64), R. O'Hearn (12), H. Dozier (18)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, S. Perez 2 (2), J. Bonifacio, H. Dozier
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - G. Allen (13)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Merrifield-O'Hearn)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Clevinger6.04332813.301.2316.0
          A. Miller1.00000103.131.263.5
          B. Hand (H, 9)1.00001002.561.062.0
          C. Allen (L, 4-5) (BS, 4)0.02220024.501.30-9.0
          Total8.0655393---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Clevinger6.0
          A. Miller1.0
          B. Hand (H, 9)1.0
          C. Allen (L, 4-5) (BS, 4)0.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Keller5.06221513.331.358.5
          B. Flynn (H, 4)1.00000203.971.644.0
          K. McCarthy (H, 13)1.01000103.491.292.5
          B. Maurer (BS, 5)1.02221018.252.25-2.0
          W. Peralta (W, 1-0)1.01001003.321.258.0
          Total9.01044382---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Keller5.0
          B. Flynn (H, 4)1.0
          K. McCarthy (H, 13)1.0
          B. Maurer (BS, 5)1.0
          W. Peralta (W, 1-0)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - A. Miller (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 105-64, A. Miller 11-7, B. Hand 12-7, C. Allen 4-3
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 2-8, B. Hand 3-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 24, A. Miller 4, B. Hand 4, C. Allen 2
          PITCHING
          • WP - W. Peralta (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 96-60, B. Flynn 17-12, K. McCarthy 12-7, B. Maurer 30-16, W. Peralta 21-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 6-4, K. McCarthy 1-0, B. Maurer 1-2, W. Peralta 3-0
          • Batters Faced - B. Keller 22, B. Flynn 3, K. McCarthy 3, B. Maurer 6, W. Peralta 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Dozier homered to center45
            O'Hearn homered to left44
          • 8TH INNING
            Alonso homered to right, Ramirez scored43
          • 4TH INNING
            Alonso homered to right23
          • 3RD INNING
            Brantley singled to shallow left, Allen scored13
          • 1ST INNING
            Perez homered to right center, Merrifield and Gordon scored03
          • 9TH INNING
            • Wily Peralta relieved Brandon Maurer
            • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Gomes singled to right
            • G. Allen: Allen hit sacrifice bunt to first, Gomes to second
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gomes to third on wild pitch, Lindor grounded out to first
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Cody Allen relieved Brad Hand
            • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn homered to left
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier homered to center
          • 8TH INNING
            • Brandon Maurer relieved Kevin McCarthy
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley lined out to left
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez singled to center
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Encarnacion grounded out to third, Ramirez to second
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso homered to right, Ramirez scored
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis lined out to center
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brad Hand relieved Andrew Miller
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon grounded out to second
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
            • L. Duda: Duda reached on fielder's choice to center, Perez out at second
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Bonifacio grounded out to third
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Brian Flynn
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Gomes singled to left
            • G. Allen: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Allen grounded into double play second to first, Gomes out at second
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Andrew Miller relieved Mike Clevinger
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier hit by pitch
            • B. Phillips: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Phillips struck out bunting foul
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Mondesi flied out to deep left
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield flied out to shallow left
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Brian Flynn relieved Brad Keller
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kipnis fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Duda flied out to deep right
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio flied out to deep center
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, O'Hearn struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Brantley singled to shallow left
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez lined out to center
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Phillips walked
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Merrifield lined out to third
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon singled to center, Phillips to third
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Perez grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso homered to right
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to first
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to first
            • Y. Gomes: Gomes doubled to deep left
            • G. Allen: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Allen struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Ball, Duda flied out to left
            • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio popped out to first
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, O'Hearn doubled to left
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • G. Allen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Allen singled to center
            • F. Lindor: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Allen stole second, Lindor flied out to deep left, Allen to third
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley singled to shallow left, Allen scored
            • J. Ramirez: Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to second, Brantley out at second
            • E. Encarnacion: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield flied out to deep left
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Perez lined out to center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kipnis lined out to center
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • B. Phillips: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Phillips struck out looking
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mondesi struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Lindor singled to center
            • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Brantley struck out looking
            • J. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked, Lindor to second
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Gordon singled to right center, Merrifield to second
            • S. Perez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Perez homered to right center, Merrifield and Gordon scored
            • L. Duda: Ball, Duda fouled out to third
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bonifacio grounded out to third
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)