Kimbrel rescue ball retrieved from Kauffman Stadium fountain

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Baltimore left fielder Colton Cowser threw the ball out on the final stretch of a 9-7 win over Kansas City at the Kauffman Stadium fountains. About two minutes later he realized he might have made a mistake.

Craig Kimbrel had recorded his 422nd save on Saturday night, tying Billy Wagner for seventh on the career list.

“The moment I threw the ball, I said, ‘Craig has a lot of saves, that one could be important,’” Cowser recalled.

Cowser, who came in as a substitute when Austin Hayes’ calf tightened, had caught Salvador Perez’s fly before the warning track. When Cowser realized what he had done, he ran back onto the field and started searching.

“There were two balls in the fountains and the other one was very old,” he said.

Kimbrel, 35, has five saves in six chances this season and the nine-time All-Star has allowed just one run in nine innings.

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde knew Kimbrel needed that ball and fouled the 24-year-old rookie.

“I think Cow just threw the ball into the stands,” Hyde said. “We’ve got to have a little more awareness in left field when you catch that with the guy on the mound being so high in saves.”