Seven games into their 2013 baseball season, the Kansas City Royals have a winning record for the first time. The home opener against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium took a dramatic turn late in the game.
Unlike last year when the Royals gave up seven runs in the first inning of the home opener, they kept the game close. Down 1-0 in the eighth, Lorenzo Cain doubled and scored in an inning that produced all the Royals' runs in their 3-1 victory.
"It's always a good feeling, you know?" said Cain. "Last year didn't go as well as this year, so we definitely changed that up. We got a victory and that's all that matters."
More than 40,000 attended the game and Royals All-Star Billy Butler didn't want to leave them disappointed.
"It was exciting," said Butler. "It was a great game. You could tell the fans were having a great time and it was just a well-played ballgame. We put on a show late for them."
Not since 2008 have the Royals won a home opener.
Game two of the three-game series against the Twins takes place tonight.