Now Commenting On:

Lough's amazing catch saves Royals' win

Lough's amazing catch saves Royals' win

Lough's amazing catch saves Royals' win

CHICAGO -- If Royals right fielder David Lough had missed Jeff Keppinger's fast-sinking liner and it got past him in the ninth inning on Saturday night, the game likely would've been over with two White Sox runners scoring.

"That's the last thing I'm thinking about. You think that and you do miss it," Lough said.

And it never crossed his mind to try to concede the hit and the tying run by hanging back and playing the ball on one hop.

"No," he said. "You just go for it. That's all I was thinking."

A bonus was that the runner at third base, Alex Rios, failed to tag up and couldn't score after the catch so the Royals' 1-0 lead was preserved.

"It's a do-and-die. You win it or you lose it," manager Ned Yost said. "What's amazing is he ran and when he dove for it -- I looked at the replay -- he had to reach across his body and hold it. Just a great play, it saved the game for us."

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español