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MLB: Kansas City 4, Texas 0 (10 innings)

Sept. 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM   |   Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Justin Maxwell crushed a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning Sunday and the Kansas City Royals handed playoff-contending Texas a stinging 4-0 loss.

The two teams had battled through 9 1/2 scoreless innings before Eric Hosmer greeted Neal Cotts (5-3) in the bottom of the 10th with a leadoff double.

Former Royal Joakim Soria entered and intentionally walked Billy Butler, and Salvador Perez followed with a single to load the bases with none out.

Mike Moustakas was retired on a pop-out and George Kottaras forced a runner at home on a grounder, but Maxwell then bashed a pitch 430 feet to left field for his mammoth, game-winning grand slam.

Tim Collins (3-6) got the win for the Royals, who took the rubber match of a three-game series and pulled to within 3 1/2 games of a American League wild-card spot with Texas ahead of them.

The Rangers, meanwhile, fell 1 1/2 games behind Cleveland for the second AL wild-card spot.

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