Royals outfielder Paulo Orlando made sure his team didn’t get worn out prior to the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Rays. With the game knotted up at 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth in game one, Orlando slugged a walk-off grand slam to left field off of Brad Boxberger to send the Royals to a win.
Orlando is hitting .248/.279/.410 on the year with two home runs and 11 RBI in 117 plate appearances.
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Things haven’t been going well for the Rays. They lost seven games in a row prior to Sunday’s win, and have lost three of their last four games in walk-off fashion. As a result, they’ve gone from first to third place in the American League East with a 43-42 record, tied with the Blue Jays, behind the Yankees and Orioles.
Meanwhile, the Royals’ last three wins have been of the walk-off variety. They walked off on Friday against the Twins on a Jarrod Dyson RBI fielder’s choice, and on Sunday against the Twins again when Eric Hosmer hit an RBI double.