TUCSON, Ariz. | The Royals settled for a 9-9 tie Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies in 10 innings after a blowing a three-run lead in the ninth inning at Hi Corbett Field.
Two errors contributed to the meltdown.
Right fielder Joe Dickerson made the crucial misplay when he broke late on Carlos Gonzalez’s two-out drive, failed to make the catch and allowed the ball to get past him for an error.
Two runs scored on the play and tied the game.
The collapse robbed the Royals of a nice comeback victory after shaking off an early five-run deficit.
Miguel Olivo ignited the rally with a three-run homer in the fourth inning before Mitch Maier fueled a five-run fifth with a three-run triple. Tommy Murphy homered in the eighth.
Maier’s three RBIs boosted his club-leading total to 14.
It wasn’t enough.
The Rockies built their early lead by hitting three homers against Royals starter Kyle Davies, who had yielded only one run in his previous 12 2/3 spring innings.
Todd Helton and Troy Tulowitzki homered in a four-run first inning before Ryan Spilborghs went deep in the second.
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