As if getting to the postseason for the first time since 1985 wasn’t reason enough to celebrate, the Kansas City Royals won their wild card matchup against the Oakland Athletics in dramatic fashion late Tuesday night.
Salvador Perez hit a walk-off shot along the line in left field with two outs in the bottom of the 12th to plate Eric Hosmer, giving the Royals a come-from-behind 9-8 win over the A’s. Oakland led 7-3 after seven innings before Kansas City started chipping away at the deficit and eventually tied the game in the bottom of the ninth.
Hosmer hit a triple off the wall in the 12th to set up Perez’s big game-winning RBI.
The Royals go on the road to face the Los Angeles Angels in the American League Division Series beginning Thursday at 9 p.m. The Baltimore Orioles host the Detroit Tigers in the other ALDS matchup that same day at 5:30 p.m.