Cain homers in return to KC as Brewers beat Royals 5-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Lorenzo Cain spent seven seasons with the Kansas City Royals, winning two American League pennants and a World Series title while growing accustomed to the cheers of their adoring fans.

The jersey has changed. That love for Cain has not.

The affable outfielder homered and reached base four times in his return to Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night, sending the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-2 victory over the Royals. And on several occasions, including his homer in the seventh inning, Cain was given a standing ovation.

''He should get a treatment like that. They had some special times here for sure,'' said Brewers manager Craig Counsell, whose team has won seven straight. ''Just a solid game setting the tone for us.''

Travis Shaw added a three-run homer for the Brewers, while Zach Davies (2-2) pitched six innings of four-hit ball. Ryan Braun had two hits, walked twice and drove in a run.

Matt Albers, Dan Jennings and Jeremy Jeffress combined for three scoreless innings of relief.

Just about the only negative for Milwaukee was a thumb injury for first baseman Eric Thames, who left in the ninth inning. Counsell said he would know the extent of the injury after tests on Wednesday.

''It's a ligament issue we're concerned about,'' Counsell said.

Salvador Perez homered for Kansas City in his return from the disabled list, and Alex Gordon doubled and scored in his return from the DL, giving the slumping Royals their only offense.

''It's nice to get their bats back in the lineup,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Ian Kennedy (1-3) left after allowing four runs over three shaky innings. He took a liner off his ankle in the third but finished the inning before leaving the game.

He had precautionary X-rays taken on his right foot that came back negative.

''We're going to wear a boot to take pressure off of it the next 12 hours,'' Kennedy said. ''It's a tiny little bone, but it means a lot. I've learned my lessons in the past, pitching through things that can affect your movements or your balance that makes a difference especially down the road.''

Cain walked and scored in the third and fifth before going deep off Burch Smith. He also made a couple of nifty grabs in center field, that familiar patch of turf he presided over for so many seasons.

Cain parlayed his success in Kansas City into an $80 million, five-year contract in free agency, returning to the club that drafted him in 2004 and eventually traded him in a deal for Zack Greinke.

''I've grown a lot,'' Cain said. ''Gotten a little older. Won a World Series, went to two. A lot happened since they traded for me. I've been thinking about this day for a while now.''

He was certainly remembered fondly by the Royals faithful.

Cain got his first standing ovation when he sprinted onto the field for warmups, then got another one when he stepped to bat in the first inning. And when he lined his third homer of the year to right to lead off the seventh, the crowd gave him another round of applause.

''It was cool. It was neat to get a warm welcome,'' Davies said. ''He was having fun with it.''

STATS AND STREAKS

Kennedy failed to record a strikeout for the first time in 273 appearances, the second-longest active streak in the majors.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: SS Orlando Arcia got the day off because of stomach pain, though his ailing ankle was fine. ... LHP Boone Logan (left triceps strain) threw a simulated game without problems and will join Double-A Biloxi on a rehab assignment. ... C Stephen Vogt (right shoulder strain) is headed to Arizona for at-bats in extended spring training. He could join a minor league club next week.

Royals: RHP Justin Grimm went on the DL with back tightness. It was part of a series of moves that included the activation of Perez (left knee strain) and Gordon (torn left hip labrum).

ROSTER MOVES

Brewers: C Manny Pina (right calf strain) was activated from the DL and C Jacob Nottingham was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Royals: C Cam Gallagher and OF Paulo Orlando were optioned to Triple-A Omaha, while LHP Eric Stout was recalled from the same club to provide some bullpen help.

UP NEXT

Brewers RHP Jhoulys Chacin moves up in the rotation to face Kansas City on Wednesday night, while RHP Chase Anderson will pitch Thursday against the Cubs. The Royals counter with RHP Jason Hammel.

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KC5-16
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  • W: Z. Davies (2-2)L: I. Kennedy (1-3)
  • HR: MIL - L. Cain (3), T. Shaw (5), KC - S. Perez (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF32211200.316.421.506.92710.0
C. Yelich LF50100004.319.407.532.9391.0
R. Braun DH31210200.239.282.493.7757.0
T. Shaw 3B31131002.291.390.547.9378.0
D. Santana RF40200024.234.322.247.5691.0
E. Thames 1B40100003.250.351.625.9761.0
J. Aguilar 1B00000000.429.487.6291.1160.0
M. Pina C40000011.194.293.306.598-0.5
J. Villar 2B41300000.300.329.357.6864.0
E. Sogard SS40000003.146.196.229.4250.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jay CF30100111.237.341.289.6301.5
    W. Merrifield 2B40000002.253.323.398.7200.0
    M. Moustakas 3B30000100.307.337.591.9281.0
    S. Perez C41111011.250.2501.0001.2505.5
    L. Duda 1B30100100.232.293.362.6562.0
    J. Soler RF30000112.273.406.400.8060.5
    A. Gordon LF41200011.222.250.296.5463.5
    C. Cuthbert DH40100002.250.333.283.6171.0
    A. Escobar SS20010001.194.272.319.5911.0
      BATTING
      • HR - L. Cain (3), T. Shaw (5)
      • SH - T. Shaw
      • RBI - L. Cain (8), R. Braun (15), T. Shaw 3 (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Braun (10), T. Shaw 3 (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Gordon (2)
      • HR - S. Perez
      • SF - A. Escobar
      • RBI - S. Perez, A. Escobar (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Braun (3)
      • CS - R. Braun (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Jay
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Davies (W, 2-2)6.04223214.451.2720.0
      M. Albers (H, 3)1.11000101.420.952.5
      D. Jennings (H, 3)1.00000101.540.773.5
      J. Jeffress0.21001000.680.83-2.0
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Davies (W, 2-2)6.0
      M. Albers (H, 3)1.1
      D. Jennings (H, 3)1.0
      J. Jeffress0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Kennedy (L, 1-3)3.06441013.461.42-7.0
      B. Smith3.03112213.381.504.0
      T. Hill1.02000101.170.781.5
      B. Boyer2.010010016.882.884.0
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Kennedy (L, 1-3)3.0
      B. Smith3.0
      T. Hill1.0
      B. Boyer2.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Davies 97-56, M. Albers 14-11, D. Jennings 13-8, J. Jeffress 19-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Davies 10-5, D. Jennings 2-0
      • Batters Faced - Z. Davies 24, M. Albers 5, D. Jennings 3, J. Jeffress 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 58-35, B. Smith 48-27, T. Hill 15-13, B. Boyer 22-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 4-4, B. Smith 3-3, T. Hill 1-1, B. Boyer 4-0
      • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 15, B. Smith 13, T. Hill 5, B. Boyer 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      MIL15-9
      0040001005120
      KC5-16
      000110000260
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      L. Cain CF32211200.316.421.506.92710.0
      C. Yelich LF50100004.319.407.532.9391.0
      R. Braun DH31210200.239.282.493.7757.0
      T. Shaw 3B31131002.291.390.547.9378.0
      D. Santana RF40200024.234.322.247.5691.0
      E. Thames 1B40100003.250.351.625.9761.0
      J. Aguilar 1B00000000.429.487.6291.1160.0
      M. Pina C40000011.194.293.306.598-0.5
      J. Villar 2B41300000.300.329.357.6864.0
      E. Sogard SS40000003.146.196.229.4250.0
      Total34512524317-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Jay CF30100111.237.341.289.6301.5
        W. Merrifield 2B40000002.253.323.398.7200.0
        M. Moustakas 3B30000100.307.337.591.9281.0
        S. Perez C41111011.250.2501.0001.2505.5
        L. Duda 1B30100100.232.293.362.6562.0
        J. Soler RF30000112.273.406.400.8060.5
        A. Gordon LF41200011.222.250.296.5463.5
        C. Cuthbert DH40100002.250.333.283.6171.0
        A. Escobar SS20010001.194.272.319.5911.0
        Total3026214410-----
          BATTING
          • HR - L. Cain (3), T. Shaw (5)
          • SH - T. Shaw
          • RBI - L. Cain (8), R. Braun (15), T. Shaw 3 (13)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Braun (10), T. Shaw 3 (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Gordon (2)
          • HR - S. Perez
          • SF - A. Escobar
          • RBI - S. Perez, A. Escobar (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - R. Braun (3)
          • CS - R. Braun (2)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - J. Jay
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Z. Davies (W, 2-2)6.04223214.451.2720.0
          M. Albers (H, 3)1.11000101.420.952.5
          D. Jennings (H, 3)1.00000101.540.773.5
          J. Jeffress0.21001000.680.83-2.0
          Total9.0622441---
          PITCHERSIP
          Z. Davies (W, 2-2)6.0
          M. Albers (H, 3)1.1
          D. Jennings (H, 3)1.0
          J. Jeffress0.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          I. Kennedy (L, 1-3)3.06441013.461.42-7.0
          B. Smith3.03112213.381.504.0
          T. Hill1.02000101.170.781.5
          B. Boyer2.010010016.882.884.0
          Total9.01255432---
          PITCHERSIP
          I. Kennedy (L, 1-3)3.0
          B. Smith3.0
          T. Hill1.0
          B. Boyer2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Davies 97-56, M. Albers 14-11, D. Jennings 13-8, J. Jeffress 19-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Davies 10-5, D. Jennings 2-0
          • Batters Faced - Z. Davies 24, M. Albers 5, D. Jennings 3, J. Jeffress 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 58-35, B. Smith 48-27, T. Hill 15-13, B. Boyer 22-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 4-4, B. Smith 3-3, T. Hill 1-1, B. Boyer 4-0
          • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 15, B. Smith 13, T. Hill 5, B. Boyer 6
          • 7TH INNING
            Cain homered to right center52
          • 5TH INNING
            Escobar hit sacrifice fly to left, Gordon scored42
          • 4TH INNING
            Perez homered to left41
          • 3RD INNING
            Shaw homered to right center, Cain and Braun scored40
            Braun reached on an infield single to pitcher, Villar scored, Cain to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • B. Boyer Pitching:
            • L. Cain: Cain reached on an infield single to second
            • C. Yelich: Ball, Yelich grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Cain out at second
            • R. Braun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Braun walked
            • T. Shaw: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Braun caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Jesus Aguilar at first
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Duda grounded out to third
            • Jeremy Jeffress relieved Dan Jennings
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soler walked
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon reached on an infield single to second, Soler out at second
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Cuthbert fouled out to right
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Blaine Boyer relieved Tim Hill
            • M. Pina: Ball, Ball, Pina grounded out to third
            • J. Villar: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Villar grounded out to first
            • E. Sogard: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Sogard grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Albers Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Merrifield flied out to center
            • Dan Jennings relieved Matt Albers
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas grounded out to first
            • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • L. Cain: Cain homered to right center
            • Tim Hill relieved Burch Smith
            • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Strike looking, Yelich reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • R. Braun: Foul, Foul, Braun singled to right, Yelich to second
            • T. Shaw: Shaw hit sacrifice bunt to third, Yelich to third, Braun to second
            • D. Santana: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • E. Thames: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Thames popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Albers relieved Zach Davies
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gordon popped out to third
            • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert singled to left
            • A. Escobar: Escobar flied out to center
            • J. Jay: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • E. Thames: Strike looking, Ball, Thames grounded out to first
            • M. Pina: Strike looking, Ball, Pina popped out to shortstop
            • J. Villar: Ball, Villar reached on bunt single to second
            • E. Sogard: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Sogard grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Davies Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moustakas walked
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez grounded into double play third to second to first, Moustakas out at second
            • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Duda walked
            • J. Soler: Ball, Soler grounded out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • L. Cain: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cain walked
            • C. Yelich: Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Yelich lined out to right
            • R. Braun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Braun walked, Cain to second
            • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Shaw lined out to center, Cain to third
            • D. Santana: Ball, Foul, Ball, Braun stole second, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Davies Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gordon doubled to left center
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Cuthbert grounded out to shortstop, Gordon to third
            • A. Escobar: Escobar hit sacrifice fly to left, Gordon scored
            • J. Jay: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jay walked
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Burch Smith relieved Ian Kennedy
            • M. Pina: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pina struck out swinging
            • J. Villar: Strike looking, Villar singled to center
            • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Sogard grounded into double play shortstop to first, Villar out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Davies Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas flied out to left
            • S. Perez: Foul, Perez homered to left
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Duda flied out to left
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Soler lined out to center
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • J. Villar: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Villar singled to right center
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sogard grounded out to second, Villar to second
            • L. Cain: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cain walked
            • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Yelich grounded out to first, Villar to third, Cain to second
            • R. Braun: Ball, Foul, Foul, Braun reached on an infield single to pitcher, Villar scored, Cain to third
            • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Shaw homered to right center, Cain and Braun scored
            • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Santana singled to right
            • E. Thames: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Thames flied out to shallow left
            • Middle of the 3rd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Davies Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Strike looking, Cuthbert grounded out to second
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Escobar lined out to right
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Jay singled to right center
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Jay out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • T. Shaw: Foul, Ball, Shaw popped out to shortstop
            • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Santana singled to right center
            • E. Thames: Strike looking, Ball, Thames singled to center, Santana to third, Thames out at second
            • M. Pina: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pina flied out to right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Davies Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez grounded out to third
            • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Ball, Duda singled to left center
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • L. Cain: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cain grounded out to first
            • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Yelich flied out to center
            • R. Braun: Braun grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Davies Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Jay grounded out to second
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to second
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)