Butera, Royals Roll in 10th to Win I-70 Series

Royals.comMay 24, 2018
  1. LOUIS — It took almost two months, but the Royals finally won their first road series of 2018.

Drew Butera lined a two-run single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to lift the Royals to a hard-earned 5-2 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon in the rubber game of the I-70 Series at Busch Stadium.

Added Butera, “That was nice. We needed that. We fought hard all three games and guys did a great job on both ends. And our bullpen did a great job.”

The Royals loaded the bases in the 10th with none out on singles by Jorge Soler and Gordon, and an error on Cards right-hander Bud Norris, who muffed a sacrifice bunt attempt by Alcides Escobar.

Butera got ahead in the count, 3-0, then he lined a 3-1 fastball into right-center field.

Trailing, 2-1, in the sixth, the Royals tied it when pinch-hitter Abraham Almonte singled, advanced to second on left fielder Tyler O’Neill’s fielding error and eventually scored on Whit Merrifield’s sacrifice fly to center.

Right-hander Jakob Junis was effective for five innings before being removed for a pinch-hitter. Junis got nicked for two runs in the second inning, the last coming in when No. 8 hitter Francisco Pena slapped a hanging slider to left for a two-out double that scored Jedd Gyorko.

Junis gave up five hits, walked one and struck out seven.

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