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Christian Colon Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Playoff Race: Kansas City Royals lead Narrows

The Kansas City Royals lost 5-2 to the Colorado Rockies Wednesday night, snapping their 3-game winning streak. Utility infielder Christian Colon made a throwing error that ended up costing the team 4 unearned runs after the Rockies followed up the miscue with a single, walk, and then a grand slam home run by Matt McBride.

Talk about painful.

The error made a tough-luck loser out of Danny Duffy yet again, who has suffered poor run support the entire year. Duffy gave up only 1 earned run yet got saddled with the loss to go 8-11 on the season.

Erik Kratz got the start at catcher the day after Salvador Perez returned to the lineup due to straining his knee. With the off day on Thursdays, Royals manager Ned Yost took the opportunity to give his heavily-used All-Star catcher 2 days of rest.

A.L. CENTRAL

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB Strk Home Road 1Run vRHP vLHP ≥.500 <.500 last10 last30
1 KCR 70 56 .556 L 1 33-28 37-28 17-21 50-38 20-18 38-35 32-21 7-3 22-8
2 DET 68 56 .548 1.0 W 2 33-29 35-27 19-17 43-38 25-18 36-33 32-23 5-5 15-15
3 CLE 64 61 .512 5.5 W 2 37-24 27-37 18-17 48-41 16-20 31-38 33-23 7-3 16-14
4 CHW 59 68 .465 11.5 L 3 31-32 28-36 21-19 42-51 17-17 36-41 23-27 4-6 13-17
5 MIN 55 70 .440 14.5 L 4 26-35 29-35 17-19 37-46 18-24 33-46 22-24 4-6 11-19

Colon’s costly error coincided with Detroit’s 6-0 victory over Tampa Bay, allowing the Tigers to close to within 1-game of Kansas City for the A.L. Central lead. Rick Porcello pitched a complete game shutout for Detroit while the Tigers also got a grand slam from Victor Martinez. Former Royal prospect Wil Myers returned to the lineup after missing more than 2 months of action, but went 0 for 3.

Former Royals Jake Odorizzi took the loss after giving up 3 earned runs in 6.2 innings (9-10, 3.83 ERA).

The Indians also defeated the Twins 5-0 to close to within 5.5 games of Kansas City.

A.L WILD CARD

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB Strk Home Road 1Run vRHP vLHP ≥.500 <.500 last10 last30
1 LAA 75 50 .600 W 3 41-23 34-27 23-18 54-34 21-16 32-37 43-13 8-2 17-13
2  OAK 74 52 .587 L 1 41-22 33-30 17-17 54-37 20-15 41-33 33-19 2-8 14-16
3 BAL 73 52 .584 W 4 34-26 39-26 25-18 52-37 21-15 42-35 31-17 7-3 21-9
4 KCR 70 56 .556 L 1 33-28 37-28 17-21 50-38 20-18 38-35 32-21 7-3 22-8
5  DET 68 56 .548 W 2 33-29 35-27 19-17 43-38 25-18 36-33 32-23 5-5 15-15
6  SEA 68 58 .540 1.0 L 1 34-32 34-26 14-23 41-41 27-17 39-28 29-30 7-3 17-13
7  CLE 64 61 .512 4.5 W 2 37-24 27-37 18-17 48-41 16-20 31-38 33-23 7-3 16-14
8  TOR 65 62 .512 4.5 W 1 33-26 32-36 11-12 48-46 17-16 33-38 32-24 4-6 16-14
9  NYY 63 61 .508 5.0 L 2 29-31 34-30 20-16 47-43 16-18 31-33 32-28 3-7 16-14
10  TBR 61 65 .484 8.0 L 4 28-36 33-29 17-16 46-48 15-17 35-49 26-16 4-6 18-12

The Mariners lost to the Phillies 4-3 to remain 2 games behind the Royals in the chase for the 2nd Wild Card. The Mariners were trying to go 12 games over .500 fir the first time since 2007.

Oakland lost to the New York Mets 8-5 in their 8th loss in 10 games. Oakland’s fade, that started when they lost 5 of 7 games in two series against the Royals, are now in the top Wild Card spot, 4 games ahead of KC.

The Tampa Bay Rays are falling from contention fast with their 4th straight loss. The Rays have a tough task on Thursday, facing their former ace David Price in their attempt to salvage the final game of their series with Detroit.

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