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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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By RONALD BLUM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- In Lorenzo Cain's view, the Kansas City Royals have a big advantage when it comes to Game 6 of the World Series.

"We're definitely not facing Bumgarner tomorrow, so that definitely helps," the AL Championship Series MVP said Monday.

Jake Peavy starts for the Giants on Tuesday night, with San Francisco leading the World Series 3-2 and one win from its third title in five years.

Kansas City turns to a 23-year-old rookie Yordano Ventura in a rematch of Game 2 starters.

The 33-year-old Peavy is seeking his first World Series win - he didn't get a decision for Boston in Game 3 last year - and is well aware he could get the victory in the clincher.

"I can't imagine anything being any sweeter than that," he said. "This is the start that you play your whole career wanting."

Kansas City is in the same position it was in in 1985, when the Royals sent Charlie Leibrandt to the mound against St. Louis. Kansas City won 2-1 that night on pinch-hitter Dane Iorg's two-run single in the ninth after a blown call by first base umpire Don Denkinger, and the Royals went on to blow out the Cardinals 11-0 a day later behind Bret Saberhagen for their only title.

In the 41 previous instances the World Series was 2-2 in the best-of-seven format, the Game 5 winner has taken the title 27 times. But eight of the last 10 teams to come home trailing 3-2 swept Games 6 and 7.

"We have a lot of confidence in Ventura. We have confidence that we will win every time he takes the mound," Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "We know we can do it. We're a confident group. But we can't do anything without winning Game 6. We're excited to get back home, where we feed off the fans and that energy."

Ventura, whose fastball averaged 98 mph this season, didn't get a decision in the second game, allowing two runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings before Royals manager Ned Yost went to his hard-throwing HDH relief trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland in the 7-2 victory.

"His confidence is just staggering," Yost said. "You walk in that clubhouse, and he looks you square in the eye with that glint that says: `I'm ready for this.'"

Peavy, 33, took the loss in Game 2. when he gave up four runs and six hits in five innings-plus.

This is the first World Series in which four of the first five games were decided by five runs or more. The second all-wild card World Series has followed the pattern of the first in 2002. The Giants won the opener on the road, lost the next two games and won two in a row to take a 3-2 lead. San Francisco opened a 5-0 lead in Game 6 at Anaheim but lost 6-5, and the Angels won Game 7 the following night.

Yost hopes history repeats and Ventura is energized by the Kauffman Stadium crowd.

"Trust me, if we're in this position, I would much rather be here than there with our fans. I think home-field advantage is huge," he said after the team arrived back home at about 4:30 a.m. "It's going to be a lot funner going into Game 6 here than it would be in San Francisco, that's for sure."

The Giants spent Sunday night at home, chartered with player families on the flight and reached Kansas City about 12 1/2 hour later. With the shift to the AL ballpark, designated hitters return: Billy Butler for the Royals and Michael Morse for the Giants.

San Francisco's Tim Hudson and Kansas City's Jeremy Guthrie would be the likely Game 7 starters if the Series is extended to Wednesday. And lurking is Bumgarner, who pitched a four-hit shutout to win Game 5 on Sunday. Bumgarner, 4-0 in Series play with a record-low 0.29 ERA, could come out of the bullpen on two days' rest for what would be his first relief appearance since throwing two scoreless innings in Game 6 of the 2010 NL Championship Series.

He wouldn't estimate how long he could go.

"I'm not a big pitch-count guy," he said. "So as long as you keep getting outs and you feel good, you should stay out there."

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