KANSAS CITY — Lorenzo Cain‘s fly ball into the sun was misplayed by Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo in the ninth, giving the Royals a 4-3 walk-off win in the series finale on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.
With two out and the bases loaded, Cain hit a fly ball off Jason Grilli, who took his second walk-off loss this season, both against the Royals. The ball deflected off Choo’s glove, and Alex Gordon scored from third as the Royals snapped a 12-game skid against the Rangers dating to July 22, 2016. Cain was credited with an RBI single.
“I noticed [Grilli] was kind of wild early on, so I was trying to be patient there,” Cain said. “My goal was get a hit so we all could go home.”
Alcides Escobar opened the ninth inning with a single and Gordon walked. Escobar was forced out at third on a grounder by Salvador Perez, but Grilli plunked Whit Merrifield to load the bases. After Jorge Bonifacio struck out, Gordon scored on Cain’s fly ball.
With the win, the Royals avoided a second consecutive sweep and snapped their five-game losing streak, their second-longest of the season.
“To finally catch a break and win a ballgame, especially after we’ve been scuffling here a little bit, that was huge for us,” manager Ned Yost said.
Right-hander Yu Darvish allowed three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings, but the Rangers have now lost nine of his last 10 starts.
“Of course, it’s always better to get a win, and today could have…