KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Wade Davis was trying to make the perfect pitch and hit a batter instead.
It wound up costing the Kansas City Royals the game.
“That’s a tough way to go down right there,” he said, shortly after hitting A.J. Ellis of the Los Angeles Dodgers with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning Wednesday night. “I just tried to make a perfect pitch. It just ran away from him a little bit and came up and hit him.”
The run unknotted a tie game and gave Los Angeles a 5-4 victory.
Jamey Wright (3-2) threw 2 2-3 scoreless innings in relief of Dan Haren, and J.P. Howell and Brandon League worked the bottom of the eighth for the Dodgers. Brian Wilson handled the ninth in place of closer Kenley Jansen for his first save since April 12, 2012.
It wasn’t easy, though. Danny Valencia hit a one-out single and pinch-runner Pedro Ciriaco stole second - he was initially called out but the call was overturned by replay. But Wilson got Lorenzo Cain to line out to first base, and Ciriaco was doubled off second to end the game.
“They all sting a little, some a little bit worse than others, but they all sting,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “We had more than one chance in the ninth inning to pick up some runs, but we just didn’t capitalize on it.”
Davis (5-2) had not allowed a run in 22 1-3 innings spanning his last 20 outings. But after nearly escaping a jam by catching Adrian Gonzalez in a rundown between third base and home for the second out of the eighth, the reliever walked Scott Van Slyke to load the bases.
Davis then had a 1-2 count on Ellis before hitting him in the shoulder.
“Wade is solid all day, every day,” Royals starter James Shields said. “We’re all human, man. It’s going to be tough not to give up runs all year long.”
Matt Kemp homered and Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig drove in a run apiece for the Dodgers, while Dee Gordon had four hits and his league-leading 40th stolen base.
Cain and Jarrod Dyson hit solo shots for the Royals.
Haren gave up two homers among six hits, walked two and was pulled after throwing 92 pitches in 4 1-3 innings. The three-time All-Star had gone at least five innings while allowing four earned runs or fewer in his previous 15 starts with the Dodgers, the longest streak by any pitcher to begin his career with the club in the last 100 years.
Shields wasn’t much better, though he lasted a whole lot longer. After breezing through the first, the Royals’ ace allowed four runs, seven hits and a walk in seven innings.
Shields gave away the 1-0 lead that Cain supplied with his leadoff homer when Kemp went deep in the second. Shields then allowed two more runs in the third on consecutive triples by Gordon and Puig - Gordon scored on a balk by Shields - and a groundout by Gonzalez.