Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Royals beat Brewers on bases-loaded walk in 11th

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  • The Kansas City Royals had been having such a hard time scoring runs lately that they decided to wait for the Milwaukee Brewers to help them out Wednesday night.
    The Brewers' bullpen not-so-happily obliged.
    Mike Moustakas walked with the bases loaded in the 11th inning — the second walk issued by the Milwaukee relief corps — to give the Royals a come-from-behind 4-3 victory and a chance to wrap up their first home sweep of the season in Thursday night's series finale.
    "We've been really focusing on our approach, a relaxed approach, and it showed," said Royals manager Ned Yost, whose team hadn't scored more than two runs in a victory this month.
    The Royals scored that many in the ninth inning alone off John Axford.
    The Brewers' closer walked Eric Hosmer with one out and issued a free pass to Moustakas with two outs before Alcides Escobar lined a triple into the gap in left to force extra innings.
    The game remained tied until the 11th when Billy Butler singled off Kameron Loe (2-2) to start the inning. Hosmer drew another walk before Jeff Francoeur ripped a single to left. Royals third base coach Eddie Rodriguez threw up the stop sign on the lumbering Butler as he rounded third base, leaving them loaded for Moustakas, who walked on five pitches from Jose Veras.
    "There's just so much baseball to be played," Moustakas said. "You play nine innings and every out matters. We always feel we have a chance."
    Tim Collins (3-0) worked around a walk of his own in the 11th to earn the win. "Our lineup is good enough that no one has to be the guy," Hosmer said.
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