This Date In Royals History–1969 Edition: May 25

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The Royals completed a sweep of the Washington Senators with a 12-inning 3-2 victory at RFK Stadium in the nation’s capital.

Bob Oliver began the top of the 12th with a triple off eventual losing pitcher Bob Humphreys. Ellie Rodriguez followed with an RBI double to put the Royals on top. Rodriguez was eventually thrown out trying to score on a single, but Dave Wickersham shut down the Senators in the bottom of the inning to seal the win.

The Senators scored their only runs of the game all the way back in the first inning, starting the inning with three straight singles and a walk. Royals starter Roger Nelson recovered to get the next three outs, then working six shutout innings. He was helped by a couple of double plays, including one with the bases loaded in the fifth inning.

Nelson left the game after the seventh, and reliever Moe Drabowsky proceeded to pitch three shutout innings, allowing just one hit.

The Royals got one run back in the third inning. Oliver and Rodriguez started the inning with singles. Nelson attempted a sacrifice bunt but Oliver was forced out at third. A Jackie Hernandez single loaded the bases and a Pat Kelly groundout brought Rodriguez home.

Kansas City did not tie the score until the eighth, when a two-out rally evened it up. Kelly hit a ground-rule double and Mike Fiore singled to make the score 2-2. From there, Drabowsky and Wickersham kept Washington off the board until the offense could come up with the winning run.

The victory raised Kansas City’s record to 20-21 on the season. They were tied for third place in the AL West with Chicago, with both teams four games behind Minnesota.

Box score and play-by-play: https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/WS2/WS2196905250.shtml

Today’s birthdays: Miguel Tejada (1974), Chris Young (1979)

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