CINCINNATI (AP) — A bad night from Aroldis Chapman ruined a good start by his fellow Cuban teammate.
Ben Zobrist tied the game with a homer off Chapman in the ninth inning, Jarrod Dyson scored the tie-breaking run from first base on pitcher Ryan Mattheus’ throwing error and the Kansas City Royals went on to a 3-1, 13-inning victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
“I didn’t do anything different,” Chapman said through interpreter Tomas Vera. “It was a bad night. I made a mistake. I don’t like to make excuses. It was a slider up but it was a slow slider.”
Reds starter Raisel Iglesias allowed one runner past second base while scattering three hits and a walk with three strikeouts over seven innings. He extended his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 12, dating to the first inning of his last start on Aug. 12 in San Diego.
It was the rookie’s fourth straight quality start.
“I’ve changed the way I prepare,” Iglesias said, also through Vera. “I have watched how other pitchers attack teams and I do the same thing.”
The concern for the Reds is the number of innings Iglesias, who didn’t pitch much last year after defecting from Cuba where he pitched in relief.
“I’ve changed the way I work out. I’ve been doing more speed work and less power work,” Iglesias said.
Dyson led off the 13th with a single and scored when Mattheus (1-4) threw a sacrifice bunt by Kris Medlen (1-0) down the right field line.
Greg Holland finished for his 27th save.
Zobrist stunned the crowd of 28,719 with by leading off the ninth with his 10th homer of the season. Chapman had converted 56 consecutive save opportunities at home since blowing one against Houston on Sept. 7, 2012.
“The thing about Zobrist is he has command of the strike zone, He didn’t let himself fall behind and he got a pitch up,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “Sometimes you have to tip your hat.”
Lorenzo Cain followed Zobrist with a single and stole second and third while Eric Hosmer was striking out. Cain was ruled safe on the rundown that started with Salvador Perez’s grounder to second baseman Brandon Phillips, but Cain was ruled out after a replay review that lasted just under 3 1-2 minutes.
Eugenio Suarez homered off Kansas City right-hander Edison Volquez with one out in the first, giving Cincinnati a 1-0 lead with his eighth home run of the season.
Volquez, who played for the Reds, allowed four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in six innings.
Royals: Manager Ned Yost scratched INF Omar Infante from Kansas City’s original starting lineup after Infante developed back spasms. Zobrist was moved from left field to second base and left fielder Dyson got the start in Infante’s slot. Infante is day-to-day, Yost said.
Reds: LHP Sean Marshall is still throwing off a mound every third day as he continues his comeback from shoulder problems, but he’s starting to mix in breaking balls, Price said. “He still has some work ahead of him, but that’s a good sign,” Price said.