Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Royals follow rally with a bigger one

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Brett Eibner wondered whether anything could surpass the Royals' rally Friday night, when they overcome a four-run deficit to beat the White Sox in his major-league debut.

The designated hitter did not have to wait long to find out.

Eibner singled to cap the biggest ninth-inning comeback in Royals history, a seven-run rally off David Robert­son and Tommy Kahnle that lifted the World Series champions over Chicago 8-7 Saturday.

"I didn't think I could beat (Friday) and, sure enough, we come around and do this," said Eibner, who also doubled to help spark the inning. "It's super fun. There's nothing like it. I don't think I've ever experienced that."

Held to six hits through eight innings, the Royals doubled their total in the 32-minute bottom of the ninth and overcame a six-run deficit for the first time since beating the Giants on June 22, 2008. The inning included four walks, two intentional, and four runs scored with two outs.

"There's no shot clock, there's no time clock," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said after Chicago lost for the 13th time in 17 games. "If you can't close it out, that's what happens. (Saturday) we couldn't close it out."

Eibner drove in the winner with a full-count single on the 10th pitch of his at-bat against Kahnle. Since 2010, teams are 5-2,810 when trailing by six entering the bottom of the ninth, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

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