COA News 2024


Kimbrel gets 422nd save, Santander hits 3 doubles and Orioles beat Royals 9-7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Craig Kimbrel tied Billy Wagner for seventh on the career list with his 422nd save, Anthony Santander had the first triple-double of his Major League career and the Baltimore Orioles rode a seven-run second inning to a 9. -7 win over the Kansas City Royals Saturday night.

Salvador Perez tied his career high with five RBIs for the Royals, who tried to overcome a 7-0 deficit and hit a game-ending fly ball to Colton Cowser in front of the warning track in left field.

Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save in six chances this year as the Orioles evened the three-game series. He is two saves behind John Franco on the career list and three behind Kenley Jansen.

Santander sprinted in and made a diving catch on Bobby Witt Jr.’s flare from the ninth. in short right field.

Corbin Burnes (3-0) pitched shutout ball until allowing Perez’s three-run home run in the sixth, Perez’s sixth home run this season. Burnes allowed four hits in 5 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and a walk.

Perez added a two-run single in a four-run seventh.

Cole Ragans (0-2) allowed seven runs and nine hits in 1 2/3 innings, Kansas City’s shortest start this season.

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Kenley Jansen scores during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Saturday, April 20, 2024. The Red Sox won 4-2. Credit: AP/Gene J. Puskar

Baltimore matched its season high with 15 hits, including eight with two hits. Every Orioles starter had a hit.

Left fielder Austin Hays left after six innings due to a calf cramp.

Ramón Urías hit an RBI double in the first inning and scored on James McCann’s single, Adley Rutschman and Ryan Mouncastle had runscoring singles, Santander doubled in a run and Jordan Westburg hit a two-run single.


Baltimore Orioles right fielder Anthony Santander catches a ball for the out off Bobby Witt Jr. of the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Kansas City, Missouri. The Orioles won 9-7. Credit: AP/Charlie Riedel

Kansas City placed RHP Jordan Lyles on the inactive list as he deals with a personal matter and recalled LHP Anthony Veneziano from Triple-A Omaha.


Baltimore LHP Cole Irvin (0-1, 6.75 ERA) heads to the mound and Kansas City sends RHP Seth Lugo (3-0, 1.05) for Sunday’s series finale.