Adalberto Mondesi hit a go-ahead single in the 11th inning to help lift the Royals to a 7-4 victory over the Washington Nationals that snapped a four-game skid.
The Nationals, who had won four straight and eight of their last nine, left 19 men on base – including the bases loaded in the sixth, seventh and 10th innings.
Jonny Venters (0-1), the Nationals’ fifth reliever, loaded the bases with no outs before striking out Whit Merrifield. However, Mondesi poked a single to left past a drawn-in infield to score a run. Gordon then hit a grounder to first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, whose wild throw home allowed two runs to score.
Brian Flynn (2-0) escaped a bases-loaded jam of his own creation in the 10th, and Wily Peralta worked the 11th for his second save.
Zimmerman got his 1,000th career RBI with a double in the seventh to pull Washington within 4-2. He added another off Kansas City closer Ian Kennedy in the ninth, then scored on Brian Dozier’s single. The Nationals had two on with one out, but couldn’t push across the winning run.
Trea Turner hit his fifth career leadoff home run off Kansas City starter Brad Keller, extending Washington’s franchise-record of games with a homer to 19. It was the only run the Nationals managed off Keller, who allowed six hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings.
Kansas City scored two runs in both the third and the fifth off Washington starter Austin Voth, who lasted 4 1/3 innings in his third start of the season.