Kansas City Royals pitcher Jorge Lopez throws to a Minnesota Twins batter during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Royals rookie Lopez loses perfect game and no-hit bid in 9th

September 08, 2018 - 8:52 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kansas City Royals rookie Jorge Lopez has allowed a walk and a single to start the bottom of the ninth inning, ending his bid for a perfect game — and then a no-hitter — against the Minnesota Twins.

After retiring his first 24 batters, Lopez walked Max Kepler on a 3-1 pitch leading off the ninth Saturday night. Robbie Grossman followed with a clean single to center field, and Lopez was removed from the game after 110 pitches.

A 25-year-old right-hander, Lopez was making his seventh big league start and fifth for Kansas City since he was acquired from Milwaukee in the late-July trade that sent Mike Moustakas to the Brewers.

Lopez struck out four. The closest Minnesota came to a baserunner through eight innings was when right fielder Jorge Bonifacio raced back to the wall to grab Jorge Polanco's liner in the fourth.

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