MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan O’Hearn and Jorge Soler homered Tuesday as the Kansas City Royals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 in a game that began early to give local fans a chance to watch their team in the NBA Finals.
The start time was moved up four hours at American Family Field. The ballpark is about three miles from the downtown Fiserv Forum, where as many as 65,000 people were expected to watch Game 6 from outdoor plazas.
Brewers starter Brett Anderson gave up two runs and three hits in five innings in his first start of the second half.
Mike Minor (7-8) allowed one earned run and five hits in six innings, snapping a personal four-start losing streak. He struck out five and walked one.
“Right now it’s all about the starting pitching,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “He was really good and really, there in the second, we just didn’t help him. We had two plays we didn’t make and it cost him two runs and about 20 pitches.”
Greg Holland earned his sixth save as the Royals improved to 3-0 against Milwaukee in 2021.
O’Hearn hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh off Hunter Strickland (0-1). It was his seventh home run of the season.
Soler’s eighth homer, a solo drive in the fourth, tied it 2-2.
Andrew Benintendi had a sacrifice fly in the Royals first. Manny Pina’s two-run single in the second put Milwaukee up 2-1.
Starting pitchers Danny Duffy and Brady Singer were put on the injured list.
Duffy, whose 2.31 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 61 innings has been one of the bright spots for a rotation that owns the second-worst ERA in MLB, has a strained flexor in his left elbow and landed on the IL for the second time this season.
Singer is out because of right shoulder fatigue after allowing seven runs in two innings his last time out.