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Yost earns win 411 as a Royal manager, KC defeats MIL 3-2

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Ned Yost is the winningest manager in Kansas City Royals franchise history.

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

In a game where the Kansas City Royals almost wasted a 3-run lead, they instead closed it out in dramatic fashion to earn Ned Yost's 411th win as a manager of the Royals and double sweep the Milwaukee Brewers with a 3-2 victory. Yost is now the winningest manager in Royals franchise history.

The Royals offense continued its torrid streak against the hapless Brewers immediately. Alcides Escobar doubled to lead off the first inning and advanced to third on a Mike Moustakas flyout. Brewer Killer Lorenzo Cain then grabbed another RBI with a sacrifice fly, scoring the speedy Escobar easily. All these balls were smoked. After an Eric Hosmer double, his first extra base hit in almost two weeks, Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson enjoyed a visit from his coaches. Kendrys Morales singled to bring in Hosmer and make it 2-0 Royals.

In the second inning, Kansas City widened the gap. After a meek Alex Rios popout and a hard-hit flyout from Omar Infante, Escobar again notched a hit, this time a single. Escobar quickly stole second and, continuing his bizarre and amazing season, Moustakas singled to score Escobar and make it 3-0 Royals. The inning would have continued save for a brilliant Alex Gordon-esque diving catch from Shane Peterson.

This game looked to be another landslide victory for the Royals, but they repeatedly wasted opportunities given to them by their parade of baserunners. The Royals gathered two hits in the third inning and two hits in the fourth inning, but both innings were squandered by poor baserunning decisions. Gordon was thrown out at home to close out the third, and Escobar was picked off of first by Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy to close out the fourth. The Royals gathered two walks in the fifth inning, but a bad luck double play ball was smashed by Hosmer to neutralize that threat. Even in the sixth inning, the Royals wasted a Rios single and a wild pitch, stranding another runner in scoring position.

This failure to seal any of those scoring opportunities would hurt the Royals. Jeremy Guthrie, he of the ERA approaching 6, broke down in the fifth inning.  Peterson singled with one out, and Hernan Perez roped a double to left field. Geraldo Perra knocked a Guthrie pitch to deep center, scoring Peterson and moving Perez to third base. Lucroy would single Perez home. Both those runs cut the Royals' lead to 3-2.

After a standard Kelvin Herrera outing in the seventh inning, Wade Davis, inspired by the Kansas City return of former Royals Jonathan Broxton, attempted to give everybody in Kansas City a heart attack. Parra singled and stole second, aided by a poor pick from Infante. Escobar gifted Ryan Braun first base with an awkwardly flat-footed fielding of a standard ground ball.  Then, this happened with Parra on second, Braun at first, and Adam Lind at the plate:

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Ramirez kindly popped up on a 3-1 count, and Davis played with Scooter Gennett before striking him out on a nasty curveball.  Next time, Dave Eiland should probably not forget to charge Davis' cyborg batteries.

After a quick lineout to left field, Peterson, yet again, proved to be a thorn in the side against closer Greg Holland. Though he struck out, Peterson advanced to first base on a wild pitch/passed ball that went through the legs of Salvador Perez.  Still, an unfazed Holland struck out Hernan Perez and induced a harmless groundout from Parra to end the game and gather the save. Royals victory, 3-2.

The Royals continue play at Kauffman Stadium tomorrow to play the last-place Boston Red Sox. After enduring an excruciatingly terrible broadcast in which the announcers referred to Salvador and Hernan 'Pair-ez' and repeatedly lobbied for other players to start the All-Star Game over our beloved Royals, the game tomorrow returns to Fox Sports Kansas City as well.