The Kansas City Royals have been in a bit of a slump lately, losing seven of their last 10 games, but Sunday was a different story.
Playing in Chicago against the White Sox, the Royals' bats exploded for 14 runs in an easy 14-6 victory over their American League Central rivals.
However, the score could have been closer if not for some late-game heroics from Kansas City center fielder Alex Gordon.
As you can see in the video below, Gordon races over to the wall and makes a running, leaping catch at the wall to rob Nicky Delmonico of a home run that would have narrowed KC's lead to 14-8:
All Delmonico could do was tip his hat to Gordon for his impressive catch and walk off the field as the Royals celebrated their much-needed victory.
At 59-58, the Royals now trail the Cleveland Indians by five games in the AL Central and are half a game behind the second-place Minnesota Twins. However, in the race for one of two AL wildcard spots, they trail the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by three games and one game, respectively.
Gordon's catch sealed the Royals' second-straight win, coming after former White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera hit a game-winning homer on Saturday. The Royals were thrilled to be back in the win column and loved having a reason to celebrate again:
"It was huge," Royals manager Ned Yost told MLB.com after Saturday's victory. "These are the kind of wins that help stop the bleeding. Good to hear [postgame music] again. I have been thinking about this group of guys, but what do you tell them? They're not pressing. They're competing their tails off. All you can tell them is hang in there and keep battling."
Prior to Saturday and Sunday's wins, the Royals had lost five games in a row - four to the St. Louis Cardinals and one to the White Sox.
For a team that wants to make it back to the postseason, ending the losing streak was a big deal. The Royals don't have the big-name stars that some of the other teams in the AL playoff race have, so they can't afford long losing streaks.
The Royals have a good chance to get back into a wildcard position this week, as they take on the Oakland A's, who are in last place in the AL West. If Kansas City can keep playing well, the schedule is favorable for the Royals to do some serious damage.News Now - Sport News