Felipe Paulino

Royals squeeze out runs late to beat the Orioles

The hit that turned the tables on the Orioles on Saturday evening was one that reliever Darren O'Day had never seen in his two-decade-long baseball career. It opened the door for a young Kansas City Royals team that needed just that opportunity against an Orioles team it couldn't beat in three previous meetings this season, each decided by two runs or fewer.

With the Royals trailing by a run in the seventh inning, first baseman Eric Hosmer's leadoff slow roller off O'Day teetered along the third base line in front of the bag, between O'Day and third baseman Wilson Betemit, who were looming over it waiting for the ball to turn foul.

That never happened. And while they waited,...