Then, Gore did something that the Royals were still talking and laughing about on Wednesday morning: Gore politely picked up the loose baseball and handed it to a somewhat puzzled Murphy.
"I have never seen that before in my life," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Never."
Gore apparently didn't realize what he did was a no-no.
Later, first-base coach Rusty Kuntz grabbed Gore in the dugout after Gore had scored the tying run.
Kuntz: "Um, Terrance, you do know that's a live baseball, right?"
Gore: "Huh. That's what the umpire said."
Gore was optioned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas after Wednesday's 13-2 loss to the Nationals.
Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.