Milwaukee Brewers lose 5-2 at home to Kansas City Royals with game moved to accommodate Milwaukee Bucks’ NBA finals home game

The Brewers’ Tyrone Taylor, right, scores on a two-run single by Manny Pina as Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez waits for the throw during the second inning Tuesday in Milwaukee. (AP photo)

MILWAUKEE — Ryan O’Hearn and Jorge Soler homered as the Kansas City Royals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 Tuesday 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 as the Milwaukee Bucks tried to beat the Phoenix Suns for their first championship since 1971.

Some fans came to the ballpark with signs rooting for both the Brewers and Bucks.

“Hopefully we come out tomorrow after a Bucks win and tie the series,” said Brewers starter Brett Anderson, who gave up two runs and three hits over 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.

Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield, left, tags out the Brewers' Avisail Garcia at second during the sixth inning on Tuesday in Milwaukee. (AP photo)

“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 got 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 at 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.

Avisail Garcia had three hits for the Brewers.

“There wasn’t much happening against (Minor),” manager Craig Counsell said. “Nothing of significance, multiple guys on, things like that. We probably made some innings too easy on him.”


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