CINCINNATI — Yuniesky Betancourt completed his big game with a run-scoring single in the 11th inning Friday night, sending the Kansas City Royals to a 6-5 win over the late-striking Reds.
Betancourt also had an RBI double and a two-run homer. His two-out single off Micah Owings (3-2) gave the Royals their first set of consecutive wins in June.
Victor Marte (1-0) escaped a two-on threat in the 10th. Joakim Soria retired Scott Rolen on a fly ball with runners on first and third to end it, getting his 15th save in 17 tries.
The Reds, who lead the majors with 12 wins in their final at-bat, stranded runners in scoring position in each of the last three innings.
The Reds rallied to make this one go extra long before Owings' control problems let it slip. He walked two ahead of Betancourt's decisive single.
KC's Blake Wood failed to hold a 5-4 lead in the eighth, when the Reds loaded the bases with no outs. Brandon Phillips, whose eighth-inning triple set up another last at-bat win over the Giants on Thursday, got the rally started with a single that extended the longest active hitting streak in the majors to 14 games.
Jay Bruce's sacrifice fly tied it, but Wood escaped further damage. Bruce also had an RBI double and a solo homer off starter Luke Hochevar.
Hochevar gave up four runs in four innings, then was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the fifth with the Royals down 4-1. Manager Ned Yost decided to bat Wilson Betemit, who drew a walk from Bronson Arroyo that loaded the bases. Scott Podsednik singled home a run that cut it to 4-2. Another scored when Jason Kendall grounded into a forceout at second base — umpire Tim Welke started to call Kendall out at first base as well for a double play, then changed his mind and waved his arms in the "safe" signal.
Betancourt hit a two-run homer off Arroyo in the sixth for a 5-4 lead.
Bailey suffers setback
Reds right-hander Homer Bailey had a sore pitching shoulder Friday, a setback in his plans to return quickly from the disabled list.
Bailey had to skip a planned workout in the bullpen because of the soreness. The setback meant he won't come off the disabled list on Sunday and start the final game of an interleague series against Kansas City.
"The last couple of days there's been some soreness in some places (in the shoulder) where I usually don't get soreness," Bailey said. "What we're going to do is evaluate it and go from there."
The 24-year-old pitcher went on the 15-day disabled list May 24 after a medical test found inflammation in the right shoulder.
He made his first start on a rehabilitation assignment Tuesday for Louisville and felt no pain. When he played catch a day later, he felt soreness in different parts of the shoulder than where it had been inflamed. The Reds will start rookie Sam LeCure in his place on Sunday.