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.