KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Back in the playoffs after 29 years, the Kansas City Royals ran wild and outlasted Oakland in a thrilling opener to baseball’s postseason.
Salvador Perez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning, capping two late comebacks that gave Kansas City a 9-8 victory Tuesday night in the AL wild-card game.
Quite a start to October baseball – even if this one appeared to be over with plenty of time to spare in September. But in a back-and-forth epic that lasted 4 hours, 45 minutes, the A’s lost their seventh straight winner-take-all playoff game since 2000.
It was the final collapse in a season that looked so promising this summer.
“This will go down as the craziest game I’ve ever played,” said Eric Hosmer, who sparked the final Royals rally with a one-out triple. “This team showed a lot of character…
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