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.