Royals rally with 2 in 9th to beat Brewers 4-3
Brayan Pena drove in the tying run in the ninth inning, and
Jarrod Dyson scored the winning run on a misguided cutoff throw
across the infield, giving the Kansas City Royals a 4-3 victory
over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night.
The wild ninth inning began when Mitch Maier reached first base
while striking out on a wild pitch against Brewers closer John
Axford (1-3), who also blew a save chance the previous night.
Axford retired Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar to bring up
the light-hitting Dyson, who managed to draw a walk. Pena came in
to pinch hit for Humberto Quintero and singled to left, allowing
Maier to round third base and score the tying run.
Brewers shortstop Edwin Maysonet cut off the throw from the
outfield and fired to second, where Pena had started to head,
allowing Dyson to speed home with the winning run.
Tim Collins (4-0) worked the ninth inning to pick up the win for
the Royals, who wrapped up their first three-game sweep at home
since April 2011.
Milwaukee had pulled ahead in the eighth when Carlos Gomez
singled off Luke Hochevar, and Maysonet laid down a sacrifice to
get him into scoring position. Pinch-hitter Cody Ransom singled to
left off reliever Jose Mijares to give Milwaukee the lead.
The run put Shaun Marcum in line to pick up his fourth straight
win – at least, until everything unraveled for the second straight
night against Axford.
He allowed Escobar’s two-run triple in the ninth inning on
Wednesday night, and the Royals went on to win the game when
Moustakas drew a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning.
Ryan Braun homered in the fourth inning for Milwaukee, getting
some help from a stiff breeze blowing out to left. Aramis Ramirez
answered Eric Hosmer’s go-ahead two-run homer for Kansas City in
the sixth with a tying shot in the seventh, this one needing no
help from the wind.
Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur and manager Ned Yost weren’t
around to see the dramatic ending, though they were no doubt
celebrating together in the clubhouse.
Francoeur was ejected in the second inning by plate umpire Dan
Iassogna for arguing a called third strike, and Yost was tossed in
the fourth inning when Iassogna ruled the ball dead on a bunt
attempt by the Brewers’ Nyjer Morgan that replays showed should
have been in play.
It was a particularly embarrassing ejection for Francoeur, who
is the namesake of a promotion for Thursday night home games. Fans
can purchase tickets for $21 – his jersey number – and receive a
T-shirt, drink coupon and seat in the ”Frenchy Quarter” section
overlooking right field.
Several hundred fans wearing the yellow shirts booed as
Francoeur was ejected.
NOTES: The Royals optioned 1B Clint Robinson to Triple-A Omaha
and purchased the contract of RHP Roman Colon. … Kansas City
signed its second-round draft pick, Vanderbilt LHP Sam Selman. …
Alice Cooper threw out the ceremonial first pitch. … Milwaukee
travels to Minnesota for a three-game series starting Friday night.
RHP Yovani Gallardo gets the start. The Royals head to St. Louis
for a three-game series with RHP Vin Mazzaro on the mound.