A two-run home run by Kendrys Morales in the bottom of the 13th inning was the difference in 4-2 loss by the Atlanta Braves to the Kansas City Royals.
Kansas City's bullpen held Atlanta at bay for eight innings before the Braves finally broke through in the ninth against closer Wade Davis. Ender Inciarte led off the inning with a single to center and Chase d'Arnaud followed with a walk to put runners at first and second. Mallex Smith continued the rally with a single to right to score Inciarte. Smith stumbled between first and second and was tagged out on the play but not before d'Arnaud made it to third.
It has been a tough season for Erick Aybar to date but he came through in the ninth as he dumped a ball into right field for a single scoring d'Arnaud to tie the game. Davis recovered to retire Nick Markakis and pinch hitter Reid Brignac to end the threat.
The Royals threatened again in the 10th but came away empty as Ian Krol pitched out of the jam. Omar Infante led off the inning with a single off of Norris. Infante advanced to second on a bunt by Dyson and to third on a deep fly out by Alcides Escobar. Krol replaced Norris and hit Gordon with the first pitch he threw to put runners at the corners with two outs. Hosmer then hit a hard hit ball back through the box that Krol was able to knock down and recover in time to retire the side.
The game remained tied until the 13th as Jason Grilli subbed in to face Morales with a runner at first and two outs. Morales worked the count full and then got a low fastball that he drove over the 410 foot sign in center field to give the Royals a walk off win.
Matt Wisler turned in another good performance for the Braves on the mound allowing two runs and eight hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and did now walk a batter. Bud Norris and Arodys Vizcaino tossed a pair of scoreless innings in relief each.
Atlanta managed 10 hits in the game but were 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
Chien-Ming Wang earned his second win of the season with a scoreless inning of relief. Kansas City used nine different pitchers in the game.
The Braves continue their road trip on Monday when they travel to Pittsburgh to open a four-game set against the Pirates.