10:45 PM ET, July 3, 2013
Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals waited out a lengthy rain delay, and then another delay when the stadium lights went out. They also had to watch outfielder Alex Gordon walk off with a scary head injury.
They weren't about to go through all that just to lose.
"You endure everything we had to endure tonight and not get the win, it would put you in a pretty grumpy mood," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Hosmer connected with two outs off Cody Allen (3-1), one inning after Gordon collided with the bullpen fence while tracking a fly ball. The Gold Glove outfielder remained down on the warning track for several minutes before slowly standing up and walking off the field.
Gordon said afterward that he couldn't remember everything that happened on the play.
"I kind of got off balance and that's when I fell into the wall," he said. "I watched the whole game, the great comeback, and Hos hit the home run. It was a huge comeback."
Holland worked around an error by shortstop Alicdes Escobar for his 18th save.
"You're here this long," Smith said, "you might as well win the game."
Jason Kipnis ended up with a three-run, inside-the-park homer on the play that Gordon was injured, extending his hitting streak to 14 games. But the bullpen failed to hold the 3-1 lead, ultimately snapping Cleveland's five-game winning streak.
"As exciting as it was to see Kip run the bases, it's hard not to worry," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "(Gordon) plays so hard and is such a good player."
The start of the game was delayed 2 hours, 37 minutes by a stubborn rain cloud that refused to budge from over the stadium, even though there were clear skies not more than a mile away.
The delay caused more problems in the seventh inning, when the clock hit midnight. A glitch in the stadium computer system caused about half of the lights to go out, and it took 12 minutes for them to cool enough to come back on and allow play to resume.
Michael Bourn and Asdrubal Cabrera led off the sixth with singles, and Kipnis hit a fly ball deep to left field. Gordon was tracking it the whole way but slammed his head into the fencing of the Royals bullpen as he leaped for the ball, crashing into a heap on the warning track.
He remained down while Kipnis rounded the bases for the Indians' first inside-the-park homer since Jhonny Peralta toured the bases against Detroit on July 18, 2010.
Gordon was eventually helped from the field by Royals trainer Nick Kenney. The team said he had a possible concussion and a bruised right hip, and he will be evaluated again on Thursday.
"We'll just monitor it day to day," Yost said.
The Royals regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth, pecking away with five singles and taking advantage of a wild throw on a pickoff attempt. The error was given to first baseman Nick Swisher and allowed Lorenzo Cain to score from third, giving Kansas City a 5-3 lead.
That lead also turned out to be short-lived.
After the lights went out and were finally restored, Guthrie promptly walked Ryan Raburn and Yan Gomes. The right-hander was lifted for Smith, who yielded a run-scoring single by Bourn and a tying sacrifice fly by Cabrera but recovered to keep the game tied.
"It's one of those games that keep going back and forth, back and forth," Kazmir said.
Hosmer put the Royals ahead to stay in the seventh inning. The first baseman turned on a 1-0 pitch and sent it soaring into the night, the ball landing well beyond the center-field fence for his eighth homer of the season.
"I think it just showed our competitiveness more than anything else," Yost said. "They don't stop. They keep coming. They keep competing and fighting."
Bourn was activated from the paternity list before the game and LHP Nick Hagadone optioned to Triple-A Columbus. ... Jarrod Dyson took over CF when Gordon was injured. Cain slid from center to right and David Lough from left to right. ... Indians RHP Ubaldo Jimenez will take the mound for a July 4 matinee against Royals RHP James Shields.
KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 03: A general view of the covered field during a rain delay prior to the game between the...(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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|1st||B Butler singled to right center, A Gordon scored.||0||1|
|6th||J Kipnis inside-the-park home run to deep left (362 feet), M Bourn and A Cabrera scored.||3||1|
|6th||S Perez singled to right, A Escobar scored, E Hosmer to second.||3||2|
|6th||L Cain singled to right, E Hosmer scored, S Perez to third.||3||3|
|6th||M Tejada singled to right, S Perez scored, L Cain to third.||3||4|
|6th||L Cain scored, M Tejada safe at second on error by first baseman N Swisher.||3||5|
|7th||M Bourn singled to center, R Raburn scored, Y Gomes to third.||4||5|
|7th||A Cabrera hit sacrifice fly to center, Y Gomes scored.||5||5|
|7th||E Hosmer homered to center (436 feet).||5||6|
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|Stadium||Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO|
|Attendance||28,534 (75.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||64 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Vic Carapazza, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom|
Eric Hosmer's go-ahead home run in the 7th inning was calculated at 436 feet, tied for his 2nd-longest home run this season. Hosmer's average home run has traveled 420.6 feet this season, 3rd in the MLB (min. 5 HR).
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