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Big innings mean big win for Royals
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Royals down Brewers, 10-2 - photo by

KANSAS CITY— The Interleague series shifted from Miller Park to Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday, but the result remained the same. The Royals scored at least seven runs against Brewers pitching for the third straight night in a 10-2 win, helping Joe Blanton emerge from his first Major League start in nearly two years with a victory, while Ned Yost tied Whitey Herzog for the most managerial wins in franchise history.

“It was about what I expected. Joe’s been throwing the ball really, really well,” Yost said. “Going into it, the game plan was to see if we could get him through five innings, between 70 and 80 pitches with the lead, and it all worked out perfectly.”

Blanton allowed only one run in five effective innings and saw Royals batters cobble together a trio of big innings -- three runs each in the second and fifth innings, and four more in an eighth highlighted by Alcides Escobar’s three-run triple. Escobar, Lorenzo Cain and Kendrys Morales each had two hits and were among the six Kansas City batters to drive in a run against Brewers starter Mike Fiers, who entered the night with a 2.97 ERA over his previous seven starts. He surrendered six earned runs in five innings.

The Royals have won the first three of four scheduled games between the teams this week by a combined score of 25-9. Kansas City maintained its 3 1/2-game lead over second-place Minnesota in the American League Central.

“Any given night in Major League Baseball, you can go out and get your [behind] whipped,” Yost said. “We don’t take any team ... lightly. We come out and just try to play winning baseball every single night.”