Hits that traveled 442 feet and 12 feet keyed a two-run seventh inning as the host Kansas City Royals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 6-4 Wednesday night to sweep the two-game series.
Jorge Soler led off the bottom of the seventh with the long home run to left-center field to tie the game at 3-3, and Nicky Lopez drove in the go-ahead run later in the inning with a bunt base hit just beyond the dirt around home plate.
Scott Barlow (2-1) picked up the win with two-thirds innings of relief. J.P. Feyereisen (0-2), who pitched the seventh for Milwaukee, took the loss. Josh Staumont earned his fifth save.
Milwaukee starter Corbin Burnes allowed two runs on two hits through six innings. He walked one (just his second of the season in 40 1/3 innings) and struck out nine. Royals starter Brad Keller allowed three earned runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.
The Brewers, who didn’t get a runner to second base in Tuesday’s 2-0 loss, got there on three pitches Wednesday thanks to Kolten Wong’s leadoff double. He scored on a two-out single by Omar Narvaez.
The Royals answered in the second as Michael A. Taylor hit a 437-foot home run to left center, a two-run shot.
Jackie Bradley tied it in the fourth with a 413-foot home run to right. Bradley was mired in a 2-for-43 slump before launching an 0-1 pitch beyond the bullpen in right.
The Brewers took the lead in the sixth on a long sacrifice fly by Bradley, which would have been a home run had Taylor not made the catch in center. The drive scored Avasail Garcia, who began the inning with a bloop double over Carlos Santana at first.
Soler tied the game in the seventh on a home run to the second level of the fountains in left field at Kauffman Stadium. Feyereisen then gave up a hit, a walk and a sacrifice, setting up Lopez.
The Royals scored two more in the eighth on a Hanser Alberto single and a wild pitch.
The Brewers added an unearned run in the ninth on Wong’s RBI double.
–Field Level Media