KANSAS CITY — With two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth, the Astros were holding a four-run lead over the Royals, ready to retreat to their clubhouse and celebrate what had been a Yordan Alvarez fireworks show.
But then, the tone at Kauffman Stadium changed. After reliever Ryan Pressly threw two inside pitches to Michael A. Taylor, a warning was issued to Pressly. And when Pressly strenuously objected, he was promptly ejected from the game.
The Astros wound up using two more relievers — Phil Maton and Rafael Montero. Before they knew it, Houston saw the tying run reach first base. Nicky Lopez grounded out against Montero to bring a collective sigh of relief from the Astros’ dugout, as Houston got out of town with a 7-4 victory.
“I’ll give it to you short and sweet: He missed twice throwing at Michael A. Taylor,” Meals said. “After the second one, we got together — because that’s the way MLB wants us to handle it — and we decided to issue warnings. After the warnings were issued, Pressly argued the warnings, and he was ejected.”