SURPRISE, Ariz. | This is the sort of bullpen breakdown the Royals hope to get out of their system in spring training.
Kyle Farnsworth and Jimmy Gobble combined to blow a four-run lead in the late innings Tuesday afternoon and forced the Royals to settle for a 9-9 tie with the Cleveland Indians in 10 innings at Surprise Stadium.
Farnsworth and Gobble each gave up two runs and three hits in one-inning appearances. The damage against Gobble all came with two outs.
The blown lead robbed the Royals of a nice comeback victory.
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Alex Gordon keyed a seven-run fifth inning with a grand slam against Edward Mujica that enabled the Royals build a 9-5 lead through six innings.
The Indians had jumped to a 4-0 advantage against Zack Greinke before the comeback. Gordon’s homer was a no-doubt blast over the right-field wall. John Buck followed with a booming homer to left.
The Royals added another run in the sixth before Indians roughed up Farnsworth and Gobble.
Greinke gave up four runs and five hits. Kelly Shoppach hit a leadoff homer in the second on a changeup, and Jhonny Peralta launched a three-run bomb to dead center on waist-high fastball in the third.
“The pitch to Peralta,” Greinke said, “you can’t make that pitch to him. I put it in the one spot where you’re not going to get away with it ever _ no matter how hard you throw.
Greinke had retired all six hitters in his previous outing against the Giants.
The Royals, 3-2-2, play Texas on Wednesday at Surprise Stadium.
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