Kansas City, Mo. Joakim Soria and a three-run lead in the ninth normally equates to a Kansas City Royals’ victory.
Soria, who has logged 115 saves the past three years, was not his usually reliable self in a 10-7, 12-inning loss to the Chicago White Sox. After retiring the first two batters in the ninth, Soria gave up four runs on four hits and a walk for a blown save.
“He was throwing the ball well, but we just couldn’t get that final out,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “They found holes, and they found holes there. In his defense, and he’ll never admit it, he’s worked five of six days.”
Soria was 1-0 with a save and a 0.00 ERA in his first outings.
“It doesn’t matter if the ball is hit hard,” Soria said. “The most important thing, they score four runs. They found a way to score four runs. There’s no excuse. I give it my 100 percent. I’m a human being.”