Royals roundup: Trey Hillman leaves St. Pete with job intact

The Royals trailed Tampa Bay for the first six innings of the game on Friday night. The score was close, 1-0, but a loss looked imminent.

Even sensible fans following the game might have wondered: Is manager Trey Hillman going to survive this road trip?

Amazingly, the Royals tied the game in the seventh inning and scored twice in the top of the ninth. In the bottom half of the inning, closer Joakim Soria needed 26 pitches and allowed a run. But it was enough.

Royals 3, Tampa Bay 2. Crisis averted.

The Royals won the following day, setting up an improbable scenario in

which they went into the final game of a series against one of the AL’s

best teams guaranteed of at least a split. And Zack Greinke pitching.

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