Kimbrel gets 422nd save, Santander hits 3 doubles and Orioles beat Royals 9-7 | AM 870 The ANSWER

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Craig Kimbrel tied Billy Wagner for seventh on the career list with his 422nd save, Anthony Santander had the first triple-double of his Major League career and the Baltimore Orioles rode a seven-run second inning to a 9 -7 win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.

Salvador Perez tied his career high with five RBIs for the Royals, who tried to overcome a 7-0 deficit and hit a game-ending fly ball to Colton Cowser in front of the warning track in left field.

Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save in six chances this year as the Orioles evened the three-game series. He is two saves behind John Franco on the career list and three behind Kenley Jansen.

Baltimore initially did not hold the ball for the final out.

“I think the ball just got thrown into the stands,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “We need to have a little more awareness in left field if you see that, but he was great tonight.”

The ball was found at the bottom of one of the fountains in right field.

“Just as I threw it, I said, ‘Craig has a lot of saves, that one could be important,’” Cowser said. “But we got the ball back, it was the only one in the fountains.”

Santander sprinted in and made a diving catch on Bobby Witt Jr.’s flare from the ninth. in short right field.

Corbin Burnes (3-0) pitched shutout ball until allowing Perez’s three-run home run in the sixth, Perez’s sixth home run this season. Burnes allowed four hits in 5 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and a walk.

“He’s an experienced hitter and he had me both times we played them,” Burnes said. “Tonight we were able to limit contact for the most part and get some quick outs. For the most part, it was doable tonight.”

Perez added a two-run single in a four-run seventh.

“It’s brutal that the boys take a lot of pride in their batting. Salvador Perez coming up with the home run to get us back in the game was huge,” Royals manager Matt Quatraro said.

Cole Ragans (0-2) allowed seven runs and nine hits in 1 2/3 innings, Kansas City’s shortest start this season.

“It wasn’t good, I just have to move on tonight,” Ragans said. “I have a start in five days that I have to prepare for, so I can’t worry about this.”

Baltimore matched its season high with 15 hits, including eight with two hits. Every Orioles starter had a hit.

Left fielder Austin Hays left after six innings due to a calf cramp.

Ramón Urías hit an RBI double in the first inning and scored on James McCann’s single, Adley Rutschman and Ryan Mouncastle had runscoring singles, Santander doubled in a run and Jordan Westburg hit a two-run single.

“That second inning was probably our best offensively of the entire season,” Hyde said. “We faced a really good starter with a lot of success against us and I thought we just took what was given to us.”


Kansas City placed RHP Jordan Lyles on the inactive list as he deals with a personal matter and recalled LHP Anthony Veneziano from Triple-A Omaha.


Baltimore LHP Cole Irvin (0-1, 6.75 ERA) heads to the mound and Kansas City sends RHP Seth Lugo (3-0, 1.05) for Sunday’s series finale.



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