DENVER _ All’s well that ends well, right? So the Royals can ignore two blown saves, multiple blown scoring opportunities and still savor their 10-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies in 12 innings Sunday at Coors Field.
Especially Joel Peralta, who bailed out Brandon Duckworth from a major jam in the 11th inning before drilling a two-run double in a five-run 12th against Ramon Ramirez.
Peralta, 1-2, also the got the victory when he retired the Rockies without incident in the 12th.
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That ended it, finally, after the Royals failed to hold one-run leads in the ninth and 11th innings.
The Royals finished with 15 hits, including three each by Mark Teahen and Ryan Shealy. Teahen also had three RBIs, but no hit was bigger than Peralta’s two-run double that sailed over the head of left fielder Matt Holliday.
It turned a two-run lead into a four-run _ which finally seemed sufficient. Just for good measure, Teahen followed with an RBI single. All five runs came against Ramirez, 1-1.
The victory enabled the Royals to win the three-game series 2-1 and complete a winning road trip at 6-4. It was their sixth victory in eight games and improved their overall record to 17-28.
What an ordeal, though.
Joakim Soria and Duckworth each blew saves by failing to protect one-run leads in the ninth and 11th innings.
The Royals’ attack basically shut down after scoring four runs in the third inning against Colorado starter Jason Hirsh. The exception was Teahen’s two-out RBI triple in the 11th against Brian Fuentes.
Until the 12th, of course.
Alex Gordon started the winning rally when hit by a pitch. He stole second and scored the go-ahead run when Shealy dumped an RBI single into right. Paul Phillips struck out, but Mark Grudzielanek pulled a double past third.
The Royals extended their lead to 7-5 when Angel Berroa executed a perfect squeeze bunt on a 1-2 pitch. An intentional walk brought Peralta to the plate for this first major-league at-bat.
Peralta ripped his double to deep left, which set off a celebration on the Royals’ bench.
The Royals blew their 5-4 lead in the 11th after Duckworth started the bottom of the inning with a four-pitch walk to Troy Tulowitzki.
Holliday then lined a single to left that Emil Brown misplayed. Tulowitzki raced home with the tying run. Holliday also drove in the tying run in the ninth with a two-out RBI single against Joakim Soria.
Soria was within one out of securing his 10th save when his recent struggles returned in the ninth inning. Then a single, hit batsman, single and the game was tied. Soria worked himself into further trouble before stranding three runners.
It was bad enough, though. Soria has three blown saves and a loss in his last eight appearances. His next save opportunity could be a while coming since veteran closer Octavio Dotel is scheduled to return Tuesday from the disabled list.
Soria also let a save slip away earlier in the road trip with nobody on and two outs in ninth inning against Chicago.
Royals starter Brian Bannister handed off a 4-3 lead after giving up three runs in the fifth. He allowed five hits while striking out four and walking one. The bullpen nursed that lead into the ninth.