Royals clobber Giants, 7-2, to even World Series

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KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals hits a two-run home run in the sixth inning against San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals hits a two-run home run in the sixth inning against San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals hits a two-run home run in the sixth inning against San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals reacts after exchanging words with Hunter Strickland #60 of the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals and Hunter Strickland #60 of the San Francisco Giants exchange words in the sixth inning during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals and Hunter Strickland #60 of the San Francisco Giants exchange words in the sixth inning during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals is held back by home plate umpire Eric Cooper #56 after exchanging words with Hunter Strickland #60 of the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals and Hunter Strickland #60 of the San Francisco Giants exchange words in the sixth inning during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 speaks with Hunter Strickland #60 of the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: The Kansas City Royals bench comes to the field after words were exchanged between Salvador Perez #13 and Hunter Strickland #60 of the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals returns to the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler hits an RBI single in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Billy Butler #16 of the Kansas City Royals hits an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning during Game 2 of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler celebrates after hitting an RBI single during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals slides safely into home on a Billy Butler RBI single in the bottom of the bottom of the sixth inning during Game 2 of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals scores off a hit by Billy Butler #16 in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals scores off a hit by Billy Butler #16 in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals scores off a hit by Billy Butler #16 in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during Game 2 of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura works in the first inning agains the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (Shane Keyser/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during Game 2 of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Jake Peavy #22 of the San Francisco Giants reacts against the Kansas City Royals during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy walks off the field after being relieved by Jean Machi during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey talks with Jake Peavy before Peavy was relieved by Jean Machi during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals fails to make a catch against the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during Game 2 of the 2014 World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants leaves the game due to an injury in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 2 of the 2014 World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is escorted off the field during the eighth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with teammates after defeating the San Francisco Giants 7-2 in Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the top of the ninth inning during Game 2 of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Greg Holland #56 celebrates with Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals after defeating the San Francisco Giants 7-2 in Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Ned Yost #3 of the Kansas City Royals acknowledges the crowd after defeating the San Francisco Giants 7-2 in Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: 'Slugerrr' the Kansas City Royals mascot performs during Game Two of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
A fan holds up a sign during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
The Kansas City Royals celebrate after Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won 7-2 to tie the series at 1-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: The Kansas City Royals celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants 7-2 in Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Fireworks open the show as the Kansas City Royals welcome the San Francisco Giants for Game 2 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (Keith Myers/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Salvador Perez and the pesky Kansas City Royals fought back from a Game 1 flop to beat the San Francisco Giants' brilliant bullpen and even the World Series.

Perez broke Game 2 open with a two-run double in a five-run sixth inning, and the Royals' own cast of clutch relievers kept the Giants in check in a 7-2 victory Wednesday night that spiced things up as the Series shifts to San Francisco for the next three games.

Jeremy Guthrie will be on the mound Friday night for the Royals, who had won eight straight playoff games before a 7-1 loss in the opener. Tim Hudson will start for San Francisco.

"We felt like with our big sixth inning there, we took a little bit of momentum out of them," said Billy Butler, whose RBI single in the sixth gave the Royals a 3-2 lead.

Perez followed with a double into the left-field gap, and Omar Infante hit a two-run shot off Hunter Strickland, the fifth home run that he'd allowed to 23 postseason batters.

Strickland appeared to mutter to himself as he stalked back to the mound, and Perez overheard him. The two exchanged words and players from both dugouts spilled onto the field. More streamed in from the outfield bullpens before order was finally restored.

Suddenly, a series that began with a sleepy blowout had some life.

Lorenzo Cain On Royals' Big Win


Young flamethrower Yordano Ventura, with his 100 mph fastball singeing the brims of the Giants' batting helmets, allowed just two runs while pitching into the sixth inning. The 23-year-old hardly looked like the first rookie to make a World Series start in Royals history, calmly working through a lineup that ravaged staff ace James Shields just 24 hours earlier.

The dynamic trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland did the rest.

Herrera got the final two outs of the sixth to escape a jam, two of his first three pitches clocking 101 mph on the radar gun. He also survived a shaky seventh that included a pair of walks before Davis locked down the eighth, striking out two in a perfect inning.

Greg Holland, who saved each game in the Royals' sweep of Baltimore in the AL Championship Series, allowed a two-out single to Brandon Crawford before fanning Gregor Blanco to end the game.

"We weren't taking any chances," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

The Giants' only runs came on a homer by Blanco and a double by Brandon Belt, their streak of seven straight World Series wins ending on a crisp, breezy night.

"For us to leave here with a split, you like to get greedy," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, "but we know it's going to be a tough series."

Early on, it looked as if the Giants could be heading back to the Bay Area with a big lead.

The fleet-footed Blanco silenced a rollicking sea of blue, becoming the 10th player to open a World Series game with a home run. He deposited Ventura's 98 mph fastball in the bullpen in right field, just his 17th home run in more than 2,300 at-bats.

The crowd, energized from the moment that Hall of Famer George Brett delivered the ceremonial first pitch, was left waiting for something good to happen for the second straight night.

This time, the scrappy Royals gave it to them.

ALCS MVP Lorenzo Cain stretched a liner to left field into a two-out double later in the first, and Eric Hosmer walked on four pitches. Butler, Giants starter Jake Peavy's long-time nemesis, then bounced a single past the outstretched glove of Crawford at shortstop to knot the game 1-all.

The Royals kept the pressure on in second. Infante doubled over the head of Travis Ishikawa in left field, and Escobar sliced a two-out double down the right-field line to give Kansas City a 2-1 lead, its first in the World Series since Game 7 in 1985.

The Giants, so accustomed to October baseball, still didn't look rattled - even as Ventura kept pounding the strike zone with a steady dose of 100 mph fastballs.

Eventually, Pablo Sandoval sent a high fly to the warning track leading off the fourth, and a stiff wind blowing out to left turned Cain around. The ball caromed away for a double, and Belt drove in Sandoval with a double that bounced off Nori Aoki's glove in right field.

The game was still knotted at 2 when the Royals got their first two batters aboard in the sixth. Giants manager Bruce Bochy finally pulled the fiery Peavy, hoping to play for matchups with his bullpen. Butler promptly hit a go-ahead single off Jean Machi, and Strickland came in two batters later to face Perez, whose homer in Game 1 represented the Royals' only run.

From there, well, the Royals showed they still had plenty of fight left.

PANDA POWER

Sandoval has reached base safely in 25 consecutive playoff games. The only players to have done that more are Miguel Cabrera (31) and Chase Utley (27).

LINCECUM LEAVES

Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum worked 1 2-3 innings of relief before he appeared to hurt himself on a pitch with two outs in the eighth. Santiago Casilla replaced him.

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Giants: Hudson has appeared in 12 postseason games and started 11 of them, first with Oakland and then Atlanta. But he's never been on the mound in the World Series. He shut down Washington in the NLDS, giving up one run in 7 1-3 innings, but struggled against St. Louis in the NLCS.

Royals: Guthrie, an 11-year veteran, did not pitch in the Royals' sweep of the Angels in the ALDS. He made his first career postseason start in the ALCS against the Orioles, allowing one run on three hits over five innings in his first outing since Sept. 26.
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