BOSTON -- The Royals have a knack for coming back from six-run deficits against the Red Sox.
When they wiped out a 9-3 lead to win in the 12th inning, 10-9, on Saturday night, it was the first time they'd done it since Sept. 21, 2009, also against the Red Sox. That time they wound up winning, 12-9, at Kauffman Stadium, after facing 6-0 and 8-2 deficits.
In that game, they also featured a six-run inning, the sixth in which Billy Butler, Alberto Callaspo and Alex Gordon had run-scoring doubles and Yuniesky Betancourt hit a two-run single. That made a winning pitcher of reliever Yasuhiko Yabuta.
The 20 hits piled up by the Red Sox in their losing effort on Saturday night marked the third time the Royals won a game despite 20 hits by an opponent. The other occasions were Sept. 29, 1970, when they won, 14-13, in 12 innings at Minnesota, and July 21, 2002, when they beat Cleveland, 13-12, in 10 innings at Kansas City. Each time the Twins and the Indians had exactly 20 hits.