Rockies rally in 9th to forge tie with Royals

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Ubaldo Jimenez sizzled in the World Baseball Classic, then fizzled against Kansas City.

The Colorado Rockies hard-throwing right-hander was roughed up by the Royals on Tuesday, only to have his team erase a three-run deficit in the ninth for a 9-9 tie in 10 innings.

Carlos Gonzalez capped the comeback by lining a two-out single, scoring two runs - the second on right fielder Joe Dickerson's error when he bobbled the ball.

Jimenez was making his first appearance since his sensational start for the Dominican Republic in the WBC last week, setting a tournament record with 10 strikeouts in four innings during a loss to the Netherlands.

He couldn't carry over his command, struggling with his control in a rocky 4 2-3 innings.

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