The spark came from Alex Rios. The sparklers were courtesy of the Indians.
Kansas City's Kris Medlen allowed five hits over 6 1-3 innings and Rios connected for a home run off Josh Tomlin that launched some unintentional fireworks, leading the Royals to a 2-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.
Rios put the Royals ahead 2-0 with two outs in the fifth off Tomlin (5-2) by hitting his fourth homer, a shot onto the pedestrian patio in left that prompted an accidental celebration in Progressive Field. As Rios rounded first, fireworks exploded above the ballpark, a tradition usually reserved for any homer hit by an Indians player.
TV cameras caught the distraught fireworks technician with his hands clutching his head after his quick-trigger mistake, which prompted a chorus of boos from the small crowd.
Watch the mistake below:
"It was nice," Rios joked about the unexpected explosion. "It's the first time that's happened to me in a road game. When I heard all the screams, it crossed my mind that they somehow called it foul. It shook me a little bit. It caught me off-guard. When I was rounding second, I heard people screaming and that's when I thought something happened, but it's all good."
The Royals won for just the third time in 11 games and moved a little closer to wrapping up an AL Central title.