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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- 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.

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"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. "If they're not pitching to you, let the next guy do it, and we did a good job of that tonight."

Axford's disastrous ninth inning spoiled a sublime outing by veteran left-hander Randy Wolf, who went seven innings in his best start of the year for Milwaukee.

Wolf had been miserable on the road coming into the game, going 1-2 with an 8.28 ERA in five previous starts. But the 35-year-old veteran managed to keep the Royals off balance, giving up only six hits and two walks before leaving with a 2-1 lead.

"It's too bad for him," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said, "because he's thrown the ball well the last two games and hasn't come out with a win."

Francisco Rodriguez survived a shaky eighth inning and Milwaukee added a run in the ninth, turning a two-run lead over to Axford, who had saved 10 of his 11 chances this season.

"I blew it," he said simply. "You work to get those opportunities, and you want to make the most of them. Hopefully I'll get another shot tomorrow night."

Jonathan Sanchez pitched five effective innings for Kansas City in his first start off the disabled list. The left-hander showed no lingering effects of the biceps tendinitis that had kept him out since May 7, allowing only one run, seven hits and two walks.

The run he allowed came in the third inning, when Edwin Maysonet reached on a dribbler toward third base. Milwaukee played small ball to perfection with consecutive bunt singles by Norichika Aoki and Carlos Gomez that loaded the bases for Aramis Ramirez. His single tied the game.

Sanchez worked around two walks the next inning, and left a runner stranded on third base in the fifth, exiting after throwing 64 of 96 pitches for strikes.

"There was a number of things I was pleased with. I was very impressed with Sanchez," Yost said. "He threw the ball extremely well, and I thought he competed extremely well."

The biggest problem for Sanchez was that Wolf was just as good.

The wily veteran gave up a leadoff single to Alex Gordon -- who homered and then scored the go-ahead run Tuesday night -- and then allowed him to score on groundouts by Yuniesky Betancourt and Butler later in the first inning.

That was the only run Kansas City scored until the ninth.

"That's a bad ballgame to lose right there," Roenicke said.

Notes

RHP Luke Hochevar will pitch the series finale for Kansas City against Milwaukee RHP Shawn Marcum. ... Roenicke and Yost were both appointed coaches Wednesday for next month's All-Star game, which is being played at Kauffman Stadium. ... The Royals optioned RHP Louis Coleman to Triple-A Omaha before the game to clear roster space for Sanchez's return.

 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 6
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Kansas City

A. Escobar
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF5120002 .297
Carlos Gomez, CF4010131 .257
Ryan Braun, LF6021015 .311
Aramis Ramirez, DH6021022 .257
Corey Hart, 1B5010014 .252
Rickie Weeks, 2B4010121 .167
Cody Ransom, 3B4010122 .220
George Kottaras, C2000100 .228
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH1000012 .077
    Martin Maldonado, C1010000 .237
Edwin Maysonet, SS5220015 .222
Totals433132413  
a-struck out for Kottaras in the 8th
Batting
2B - Norichika Aoki (9, Mijares), Aramis Ramirez (18, Sanchez), Corey Hart (17, Sanchez)
SH - Norichika Aoki (6), Carlos Gomez (3)
RBI - Ryan Braun (41), Aramis Ramirez (32)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Braun (13), Aramis Ramirez (13)
SB - Edwin Maysonet (1, 3rd base off Herrera/Quintero)
CS - Ryan Braun (4, 2nd base by Sanchez/Quintero)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Braun 1
DP - Maysonet-Weeks-Hart, Ransom-Weeks-Hart, Ransom-Weeks-Hart
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wolf 7611210 5.06
Francisco Rodriguez (H,12) 1100000 4.34
John Axford (BS,2) 1122210 4.94
Manny Parra 1000010 4.15
Kameron Loe (L,2-2)0211100 3.00
Jose Veras0000100 4.18
IBB - Butler by Randy Wolf
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 95-55, Francisco Rodriguez 8-6, John Axford 25-11, Manny Parra 9-7, Kameron Loe 13-7, Jose Veras 5-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 15-2, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1, John Axford 1-1, Manny Parra 1-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 26, Francisco Rodriguez 3, John Axford 6, Manny Parra 3, Kameron Loe 3, Jose Veras 1
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF5110002 .247
Yuniesky Betancourt, 2B5000013 .250
Billy Butler, DH4121100 .301
Eric Hosmer, 1B3110203 .221
Jeff Francoeur, RF5020013 .275
Mike Moustakas, 3B2101300 .270
Alcides Escobar, SS4022001 .292
Jarrod Dyson, CF3000001 .248
   a- Clint Robinson, PH1000011 .000
    Mitch Maier, CF0000000 .190
Humberto Quintero, C3020000 .235
    Chris Getz, PR0000000 .279
    Brayan Pena, C1000000 .255
Totals36410463  
a-struck out for Dyson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alex Gordon (19, Wolf), Jeff Francoeur (14, Wolf), Humberto Quintero (12, Wolf)
3B - Alcides Escobar (2, Axford)
RBI - Billy Butler (37), Mike Moustakas (29), Alcides Escobar 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Alcides Escobar 2 (9)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Moustakas-Betancourt-Hosmer
E - Brayan Pena (3, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathan Sanchez 5711240 5.93
Kelvin Herrera 2211030 3.21
Aaron Crow 0.1100110 2.93
Jose Mijares 0.2111010 2.49
Greg Holland 2200030 3.68
Tim Collins (W,3-0) 1000110 2.10
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 96-64, Kelvin Herrera 27-18, Aaron Crow 15-8, Jose Mijares 12-8, Greg Holland 25-19, Tim Collins 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 5-5, Kelvin Herrera 2-1, Greg Holland 3-0, Tim Collins 1-1
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 23, Kelvin Herrera 8, Aaron Crow 3, Jose Mijares 3, Greg Holland 8, Tim Collins 4
Game Information
Attendance - 17885
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Bill Miller