Yuniesky Betancourt called it "destiny."
Betancourt was not even in the Royals' starting lineup Sunday, but entered in the first inning after 2B Chris Getz left with a leg injury.
Betancourt came up huge in the Royals' 5-3, 15-inning, five-hour victory over the Cardinals. He stroked a run-producing double in the 14th inning and in the 15th a two-run homer that turned out to be the difference.
"It was my opportunity to put the team ahead twice. I was just trying to do my best and it happened," Betancourt said.
Betancourt thought his double set up his home run.
"Sometimes pitchers will think they can sneak one by you, but the fact that I hit the slider for a double set him up for that fastball," Betancourt said.
The Royals have won five of their past six games.
This victory was made possible by Billy Butler's pinch home run with two outs in the ninth to tie the score. Butler went deep on an 0-2 fastball from Cardinals closer Jason Motte.
"We won, that's all I can say," Royals ...