KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ramon Urias hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning, then added a two-run double in the ninth, helping the Orioles overcome a blown seven-run lead and give Baltimore a 13-10 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.
Gunnar Henderson and Anthony Santander hit homers, and Cedric Mullins also drove in three for the Orioles, who led 8-1 before their bullpen — which had the sixth-best ERA in the majors coming into the day — allowed Kansas City to come back.
The Royals pulled ahead on Bobby Witt Jr.’s single in the seventh when Aroldis Chapman (1-2) walked the first two batters in the eighth. Adam Frazier moved up on a balk and joined Jorge Mateo in stealing bases before Urias entered as a pinch hitter and ripped a single through the left side of a drawn-in infield to give the Orioles the lead again.
Yennier Cano (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for Baltimore. Felix Bautista coughed up a run in the ninth before striking out Witt and Hunter Dozier to end the game with runners at second and third.
Freddy Fermin hit his first career homer, Salvador Perez added a two-run shot, and Kyle Isbel went deep for Kansas City before his tying bunt in the seventh inning, when he beat out the throw but strained his hamstring crossing the bag.
The Orioles jumped to their big early lead by capitalizing on mistakes.
The first came when Ryan Mountcastle hit a high two-out popup down the right-field line in the first inning. Three Royals converged on it, but MJ Melendez, who has stopped catching so he can focus on playing the outfield, was unable to make the basket catch. Santander followed the error with his homer off Jordan Lyles over the right-field wall.
In the third, Lyles loaded the bases on a single, walk and hit batter before Mullins cleared them with a double.
Then in the fifth, after Lyles once again got the first two outs, he walked Frazier and uncorked a wild pitch that led to Mateo’s run-scoring single. Henderson followed with his two-run shot to give Baltimore its 8-1 lead.
The Royals clawed back against Grayson Rodriguez and the Baltimore bullpen.
Rodriguez served up Fermin’s leadoff homer in the third and another to Perez, the 100th for the veteran catcher at Kauffman Stadium, moving him into a tie with Mike Sweeney and trailing only George Brett for the most in club history.
In the fourth, Isbel went deep before Vinnie Pasquantino followed Fermin’s first career triple with a run-scoring single that pulled the Royals within 8-6. They got within a run in the fifth on Michael Massey’s double, Isbel tied the game in the seventh on his bunt, and Witt drove in the go-ahead run for Kansas City two batters later.
The Orioles didn’t allow that lead to last an inning.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said C Luis Torrens will likely join the team “sometime this weekend” when they play a series in Atlanta. Torrens was acquired from the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night for cash considerations.
Orioles LF Austin Hays was out of the starting lineup for the second straight day, though Hyde said he was available off the bench. Hays has been dealing with a sore right middle finger. Kyle Stowers again took his place.
The Orioles face the Braves with RHP Dean Kremer (2-1, 6.67 ERA) on the mound for Friday night’s opener. The Royals remain at Kauffman Stadium for a three-game set against Oakland with RHP Brad Keller (2-2, 3.56) getting the Friday night start.