Royals rally, but Nationals strike late to win

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July 8, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Jakob Junis of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on Sunday. GREG FIUME/GETTY IMAGES/TNS

WASHINGTON – After 16 consecutive scoreless innings, the Royals’ offense came to life with an eighth-inning rally to tie their rubber match on the road against the Washington Nationals. Then it all went downhill in a hurry.

The Nationals scored three eighth-inning runs (two earned) against Royals relief pitcher Jake Diekman to break a tie and snatch the game and the series. The Royals dropped the series finale 5-2 in front of an announced 21,873 at Nationals Park Sunday afternoon.

The Royals won’t play again until Friday at home following the Major League Baseball All-Star break.

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