High five: Royals bust out bats to beat Brewers 5-4

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Kansas City Royals broke out of an extended run-scoring slump by getting to one of the toughest relievers in baseball.

They celebrated in the dugout after eighth-place hitter Adalberto Mondesi lined the first pitch from left-hander Josh Hader off the outfield wall for a long, two-run single with the bases loaded to take a 3-1 lead.

The hit was a turning point in a five-run seventh for the Royals, who held off the Milwaukee Brewers in the ninth for a 5-4 win on Wednesday.

''Score two runs and you can just kind of sense a sigh of relief from our offense, and then tacked on a couple more. It was good,'' manager Ned Yost said.

The Royals scored more than four in a game for the first time since a 9-6 loss to the Angels on June 4. That 19-game stretch with four runs or fewer was the longest in the majors since the Baltimore Orioles went 21 straight in September 1992.

Danny Duffy (4-7) allowed five hits over six effective innings for the Royals, who split a two-game interleague series with the NL Central-leading Brewers.

The Royals called on Wily Peralta, a former Brewer, to close out the game after Brad Miller hit a three-run homer off reliever Tim Hill with nobody out in the ninth to get the Brewers within 5-4.

Eric Thames struck out before pinch-hitter Erik Kratz singled. Peralta then got Ryan Braun to bounce into a game-ending double play that was initially ruled as a fielder's choice before the call was overturned on review.

Peralta said he felt a little extra sense of satisfaction in turning away the Brewers for his second save.

''There's always a little bit of adrenaline going when you face your former team,'' the right-hander said.

Mike Moustakas opened the seventh with a solo shot off Brent Suter (8-5) to tie the game at 1-all. Moustakas and Whit Merrifield each had two hits and an RBI.

Kansas City, which was hitting .188 in June coming into the game, got to the hard-throwing Hader. He allowed all three runners he inherited to score.

Hader also gave up one earned run on his own, along with two hits in two-thirds of an inning.

''They jumped on the first pitch and we've seen that a lot lately, but he's been so effective that obviously multiple hits in an inning is something we haven't seen,'' manager Craig Counsell said. ''They got him today.''

FOR STARTERS

Brewers: Suter, who made a great defensive play in the fifth, allowed six hits and four runs with six strikeouts before leaving with the bases loaded and nobody out in the seventh. He retired the first 11 batters.

''We're battling and not really making it easy on our opponents. Even in our losses, we're making the other team work a lot,'' Suter said.

Royals: Duffy struck out seven and walked two. The left-hander has a 2.52 ERA over his past four starts.

AGUILAR GOES FAR

Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar hit a solo shot in the sixth off Duffy for his team-leading 18th homer. He has homered in back-to-back games for the fourth time this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: RHP Justin Grimm was placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 24 with what they club said was right shoulder impingement syndrome. Grimm (1-3), who is making his second trip this year to the DL, would be eligible to return on July 4 against Cleveland. RHP Jason Adam was called up from Triple-A Omaha to replace Grimm in the bullpen. ... C Salvador Perez left the game with nobody out and two on in the top of the ninth after a foul ball off the bat of Brad Miller ricocheted off his upper right leg. He was replaced by Drew Butera.

Brewers: 3B Travis Shaw was held out of the lineup for a second straight day to rest his sore right wrist. ''And then tomorrow, we'll take a hard look at how he's feeling,'' Counsell said.

UP NEXT

Royals: After a day off in Seattle, Ian Kennedy (1-7) opens a three-game series on Friday against the Mariners.

Brewers: Junior Guerra (3-5) pitches the opener of a four-game series in Cincinnati. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA at Great American Ball Park.

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  • W: D. Duffy (4-7)L: B. Suter (8-5)S: W. Peralta (2)
  • HR: KC - M. Moustakas (15), MIL - J. Aguilar (18), B. Miller (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Herrera RF40000001.231.245.346.5910.0
M. Moustakas 3B41211000.255.310.467.7777.0
S. Perez C40100021.215.257.395.6520.0
D. Butera C00000000.151.231.226.4570.0
H. Dozier 1B31000110.226.290.368.6581.5
A. Gordon LF31100010.256.335.352.6872.5
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K. McCarthy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Almonte PH-CF00000100.188.266.297.5631.0
  • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Duffy in the 7th
  • b-walked for McCarthy in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Villar 2B40200010.260.305.381.6873.5
A. Houser P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- E. Kratz PH10100000.316.366.579.9451.0
R. Braun LF50200013.249.302.454.7561.5
C. Yelich RF-CF40100012.290.365.473.8381.5
J. Aguilar 1B21111212.304.367.628.9957.5
H. Perez 3B40000004.247.273.367.6400.0
K. Broxton CF20000120.000.333.000.3330.0
J. Hader P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
E. Sogard 2B01000100.141.255.174.4292.0
M. Pina C41100001.219.282.365.6472.0
O. Arcia SS20000000.196.228.253.4800.0
b- B. Miller PH-SS21131010.262.335.445.7807.5
B. Suter P20000010.182.333.364.697-0.5
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E. Thames RF20000010.234.328.542.870-0.5
  • a-singled for Houser in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Arcia in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - M. Moustakas (15)
  • SF - L. Duda
  • RBI - W. Merrifield (24), M. Moustakas (49), A. Mondesi 2 (4), L. Duda (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (11)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Yelich (11)
  • HR - J. Aguilar (18), B. Miller (6)
  • RBI - J. Aguilar (52), B. Miller 3 (25)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Mondesi (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Villar (11)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Moustakas-Merrifield-Dozier; Moustakas-Merrifield-Dozier)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - K. Broxton
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Duffy (W, 4-7)6.05112714.941.4923.5
K. McCarthy2.01001103.311.134.5
T. Hill0.02331015.701.44-6.0
W. Peralta (S, 2)1.01000101.931.509.5
PITCHERSIP
D. Duffy (W, 4-7)6.0
K. McCarthy2.0
T. Hill0.0
W. Peralta (S, 2)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Suter (L, 8-5)6.06441614.281.155.0
J. Jeffress0.10000001.180.840.0
J. Hader0.22110001.330.76-3.0
A. Houser2.00001001.000.785.0
PITCHERSIP
B. Suter (L, 8-5)6.0
J. Jeffress0.1
J. Hader0.2
A. Houser2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 95-64, K. McCarthy 29-18, T. Hill 19-12, W. Peralta 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 4-7, K. McCarthy 3-1, W. Peralta 1-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 25, K. McCarthy 7, T. Hill 3, W. Peralta 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Houser
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Suter 82-53, J. Jeffress 6-5, J. Hader 13-10, A. Houser 26-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Suter 5-6, J. Jeffress 1-0, J. Hader 1-1, A. Houser 3-3
  • Batters Faced - B. Suter 24, J. Jeffress, J. Hader 4, A. Houser 8
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Herrera RF40000001.231.245.346.5910.0
M. Moustakas 3B41211000.255.310.467.7777.0
S. Perez C40100021.215.257.395.6520.0
D. Butera C00000000.151.231.226.4570.0
H. Dozier 1B31000110.226.290.368.6581.5
A. Gordon LF31100010.256.335.352.6872.5
A. Escobar CF41100004.200.253.282.5352.0
T. Hill P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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A. Mondesi SS41120002.214.241.393.6346.0
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K. McCarthy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Almonte PH-CF00000100.188.266.297.5631.0
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  • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Duffy in the 7th
  • b-walked for McCarthy in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Villar 2B40200010.260.305.381.6873.5
A. Houser P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- E. Kratz PH10100000.316.366.579.9451.0
R. Braun LF50200013.249.302.454.7561.5
C. Yelich RF-CF40100012.290.365.473.8381.5
J. Aguilar 1B21111212.304.367.628.9957.5
H. Perez 3B40000004.247.273.367.6400.0
K. Broxton CF20000120.000.333.000.3330.0
J. Hader P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
E. Sogard 2B01000100.141.255.174.4292.0
M. Pina C41100001.219.282.365.6472.0
O. Arcia SS20000000.196.228.253.4800.0
b- B. Miller PH-SS21131010.262.335.445.7807.5
B. Suter P20000010.182.333.364.697-0.5
J. Jeffress P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
E. Thames RF20000010.234.328.542.870-0.5
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  • a-singled for Houser in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Arcia in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - M. Moustakas (15)
  • SF - L. Duda
  • RBI - W. Merrifield (24), M. Moustakas (49), A. Mondesi 2 (4), L. Duda (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (11)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Yelich (11)
  • HR - J. Aguilar (18), B. Miller (6)
  • RBI - J. Aguilar (52), B. Miller 3 (25)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Mondesi (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Villar (11)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Moustakas-Merrifield-Dozier; Moustakas-Merrifield-Dozier)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - K. Broxton
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Duffy (W, 4-7)6.05112714.941.4923.5
K. McCarthy2.01001103.311.134.5
T. Hill0.02331015.701.44-6.0
W. Peralta (S, 2)1.01000101.931.509.5
Total9.0944492---
PITCHERSIP
D. Duffy (W, 4-7)6.0
K. McCarthy2.0
T. Hill0.0
W. Peralta (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Suter (L, 8-5)6.06441614.281.155.0
J. Jeffress0.10000001.180.840.0
J. Hader0.22110001.330.76-3.0
A. Houser2.00001001.000.785.0
Total9.0855261---
PITCHERSIP
B. Suter (L, 8-5)6.0
J. Jeffress0.1
J. Hader0.2
A. Houser2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 95-64, K. McCarthy 29-18, T. Hill 19-12, W. Peralta 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 4-7, K. McCarthy 3-1, W. Peralta 1-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 25, K. McCarthy 7, T. Hill 3, W. Peralta 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Houser
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Suter 82-53, J. Jeffress 6-5, J. Hader 13-10, A. Houser 26-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Suter 5-6, J. Jeffress 1-0, J. Hader 1-1, A. Houser 3-3
  • Batters Faced - B. Suter 24, J. Jeffress, J. Hader 4, A. Houser 8
  • 9TH INNING
    Miller homered to right center, Sogard and Pina scored54
  • 7TH INNING
    Merrifield singled to left, Mondesi scored51
    Duda hit sacrifice fly to center, Escobar scored41
    Mondesi singled to deep left, Dozier and Gordon scored, Escobar to third31
    Moustakas homered to right center11
  • 6TH INNING
    Aguilar homered to left center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • A. Houser Pitching:
    • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon hit by pitch
    • A. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to first, Gordon to second
    • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Mondesi popped out to second
    • Abraham Almonte hit for Kevin McCarthy
    • A. Almonte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Almonte walked
    • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield grounded into fielder's choice to second, Almonte out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tim Hill pitching
    • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sogard walked
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pina singled to left center, Sogard to third
    • B. Miller: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul
    • Miller homered to right center, Sogard and Pina scored
    • Wily Peralta relieved Tim Hill
    • E. Thames: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • Erik Kratz hit for Adrian Houser
    • E. Kratz: Strike looking, Kratz singled to shallow right center
    • R. Braun: Foul, Braun grounded into double play third to second to first, Kratz out at second
    • End of the 9th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Eric Sogard at second base
    • Adrian Houser pitching
    • M. Moustakas: Moustakas lined out to right
    • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez grounded out to third
    • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Dozier flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. McCarthy Pitching:
    • R. Braun: Ball, Braun reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Yelich reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Braun out at second
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Aguilar walked, Yelich to second
    • H. Perez: Ball, Foul, Perez grounded into double play third to second to first, Aguilar out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • B. Suter Pitching:
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Moustakas homered to right center
    • S. Perez: Foul, Perez singled to shallow right center
    • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier walked, Perez to second
    • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon singled to shallow center, Perez to third, Dozier to second
    • Jeremy Jeffress relieved Brent Suter
    • A. Escobar: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Escobar reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Perez out at home, Dozier to third, Gordon to second
    • Eric Thames in right field
    • Josh Hader pitching
    • A. Mondesi: Mondesi singled to deep left, Dozier and Gordon scored, Escobar to third
    • Lucas Duda hit for Danny Duffy
    • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi stole second, Ball, Duda hit sacrifice fly to center, Escobar scored
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Merrifield singled to left, Mondesi scored
    • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Herrera grounded into fielder's choice to second, Merrifield out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kevin McCarthy pitching
    • Brad Miller hit for Orlando Arcia
    • B. Miller: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Foul, Thames lined out to left
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Villar grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • B. Suter Pitching:
    • D. Duffy: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Duffy struck out swinging
    • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield singled to left center, Merrifield out at second
    • R. Herrera: Ball, Herrera flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Duffy Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Strike swinging, Ball, Yelich lined out to left
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Aguilar homered to left center
    • H. Perez: Ball, Perez lined out to left
    • K. Broxton: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Broxton walked
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pina lined out to third
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • B. Suter Pitching:
    • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dozier flied out to right
    • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Escobar: Escobar singled to left
    • A. Mondesi: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Mondesi flied out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Duffy Pitching:
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Arcia grounded out to third
    • B. Suter: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Suter grounded out to third
    • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Villar singled to shallow center
    • R. Braun: Strike swinging, Villar stole second, Braun flied out to deep center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • B. Suter Pitching:
    • W. Merrifield: Merrifield grounded bunt out to first
    • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Herrera flied out to deep center
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Moustakas singled to left
    • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Duffy Pitching:
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Perez flied out to deep right
    • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Broxton struck out on foul tip
    • M. Pina: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pina grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • B. Suter Pitching:
    • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to third
    • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Mondesi lined out to center
    • D. Duffy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duffy struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Duffy Pitching:
    • B. Suter: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Suter struck out looking
    • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Villar singled to shallow left
    • R. Braun: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • C. Yelich: Pickoff attempt, Yelich doubled to deep right, Villar to third
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • B. Suter Pitching:
    • S. Perez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Dozier struck out on foul tip
    • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Duffy Pitching:
    • K. Broxton: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Broxton struck out swinging
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pina flied out to deep center
    • O. Arcia: Foul, Arcia grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • B. Suter Pitching:
    • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Herrera: Ball, Herrera grounded out to second
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas flied out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Duffy Pitching:
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
    • R. Braun: Foul, Foul, Ball, Braun singled to shallow right center
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Aguilar walked, Braun to second
    • H. Perez: Ball, Foul, Perez lined out to center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)