Royals rout Giants 10-0 to force Game 7 in Series

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KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals sildes into home to score in the fifth inning against Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants during Game Six of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg watches as Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante slides safely past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Infante scored from first on a double by Alcides Escobar. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante, right, scores past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey on a double by Alcides Escobar during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg watches as Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante slides safely past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Infante scored from first on a double by Alcides Escobar. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante, left, scores past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey on a double by Alcides Escobar during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante slides safely past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Infante scored from first on a double by Alcides Escobar. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante, left, scores past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey on a double by Alcides Escobar during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante slides safely past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Infante scored from first on a double by Alcides Escobar. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante slides safely past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Infante scored from first on a double by Alcides Escobar. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals sildes into home to score in the fifth inning against Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants during Game Six of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals sildes into home to score in the fifth inning against Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants during Game Six of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval yawns during the sixth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey loses his by after strike during the sixth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey loses his bat as he swings during the sixth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series =ar-Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants looks on from the dugout during Game Six of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey watches from the dugout during the second inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has an RIP O.T. #18 on his hat as he walks off the field during the first inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The writing was to honor St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras who died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura throws during the first inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Tannen Maury, Pool)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura throws during the first inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura reacts after getting San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey to ground into an inning ending, bases loaded double play during the third inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28: Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals looks to the sky as he walks back to the dugout during Game 6 of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28: Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals walks to the dugout after pitching in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Six of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy throws during the first inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Tannen Maury, Pool)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy adjusts his cap after giving up a single to Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon during the second inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28: Yusmeiro Petit #52 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after giving up an RBI double in the second inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Six of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit wipes his brow after allowing a hit during the second inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar celebrates his RBI-double against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante is congratulated after scoring from first on a double by Alcides Escobar during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain, right, hits an RBI-double off San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jean Machi during the third inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain hits a RBI double during the third inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler watches his RBI-single during the second inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals Alcides Escobar (2) is congratulated by teammates Mike Moustakas (8) and Eric Hosmer (35) after scoring on an two-run RBI single by Lorenzo Cain during the second inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals fielder Norichika Aoki watches his RBI single to score Salvador Perez during the second inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Kansas City Royals Lorenzo Cain makes a catch in the outfield on a pop fly by San Francisco Giants Joe Panik during the first inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Kansas City Royals fans cheer during the fourth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The raucous roar at Kauffman Stadium swelled with every batter in the second inning and then got louder the rest of the night.

As bouncers rolled by infielders and bloops dropped in front of outfielders, it became clear this World Series was headed to a climactic Game 7 - just like the one 29 years ago when the Kansas City Royals won their only title.

Lorenzo Cain looped a two-run single - one of eight Royals to get hits in a seven-run second inning - and Eric Hosmer chopped a two-run double over shortstop as the Royals battered the San Francisco Giants 10-0 Tuesday night to tie the Series at three games apiece.

Pitching with the initials of late St. Louis outfielder Oscar Taveras on his cap, 23-year-old rookie Yordano Ventura allowed three hits over seven innings for his first Series win.

Jeremy Guthrie starts Wednesday night for Kansas City and Tim Hudson for San Francisco in a rematch of Game 3, won by Kansas City 3-2. Hudson, 39, will become the oldest Game 7 starter in Series history.

Lurking is Madison Bumgarner, ready to pitch in relief after suffocating the Royals on a total of one run in winning Games 1 and 5.

Kansas City can be comfortable in this bit of history: Home teams have won nine straight Game 7s in the Series, including the Royals' 11-0 rout of St. Louis in 1985, since Pittsburgh's victory at Baltimore in 1979. And the Giants have lost all four of their World Series finales pushed to the limit.

Teams with the home-field advantage have won 23 of the last 28 titles, including five in a row. This Series has followed the exact pattern of the only other all-wild card matchup in 2002, when the Giants won the opener, fell behind 2-1, took a 3-2 lead and lost the last two games at Anaheim.

Ventura escaped his only trouble in the third, when he walked the bases loaded with one out and then got Buster Posey to ground a 97 mph fastball into a double play. Ventura threw fastballs on 81 of 100 pitches, reaching up to 100 mph, and worked around five walks. Royals manager Ned Yost was able to rest the hard-throwing back of his bullpen: Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis enter Game 7 with two days off and closer Greg Holland with three.

In a Series marked by blowouts - the first in which five games were decided by five runs or more - Kansas City out-hit the Giants 15-6 Tuesday. All nine Royals had hits by the third inning, matching the mark set by Arizona against the Yankees in Game 6 in 2001.

Cain drove in three runs and was among six Royals with two hits each.

Mike Moustakas homered in the seventh against Hunter Strickland, ending a 36-inning homerless streak in the Series, the longest since 1945.

Peavy's outing was the shortest for a Series starter since the Yankees' David Wells got just three outs against the Marlins 11 years ago in Game 5, according to STATS.

Peavy was charged with five runs and six hits in 1 1-3 innings, leaving with a career Series record of 0-2 with a 9.58 ERA in three starts. His record at Kauffman Stadium is 1-7 with a 7.28 ERA.

San Francisco had scored 15 straight runs entering the night, but the Royals bludgeoned Peavy and Yusmeiro Petit in a 32-minute bottom of the second to take a 7-0 lead.

Singles by Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez put runners on the corners, and Moustakas grounded a double over the first-base bag, past Brandon Belt and down the right-field line for a 1-0 lead.

Peavy struck out Omar Infante and, in the night's key play, Alcides Escobar hit a bouncer to Belt. With Peavy yelling "Home!" Belt checked Perez at third and then tried to out-race Escobar to first base rather than throw to second baseman Joe Panik, who already was at the base.

Escobar slid past Belt's failed tag attempt and into first to reach on the infield hit, and Nori Aoki chased Peavy after 42 pitches with a single to left.

Petit, who had pitched 12 scoreless postseason innings coming in, allowed Cain's blooped single to shallow right and advanced the runners with a wild pitch. Hosmer chopped a ball that hopped over shortstop Brandon Crawford for a double that made it 6-0 and scored on Billy Butler's double for a 7-0 lead.

Cain added an RBI double off Jean Machi in the third, and Escobar's run-scoring double in the fifth made it 9-0.

HOME COOKING

Home teams are 23-3 in Games 6 and 7 combined since 1982. The last eight home teams that won Game 6 to even the Series also went on to win Game 7, and no road team has lost Game 6 and rebounded to win the title since the 1975 Cincinnati Reds at Boston's Fenway Park

MOMENT OF SILENCE

There was a moment of silence before the game in honor of Taveras, the 22-year-old killed in an automobile accident Sunday in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, a fellow Dominican who knew him well, wrote "RIP O.T (hash)18" in silver marker on the left side of his cap.

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Giants: Hudson allowed three runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings in Game 3.

Royals: Guthrie on Game 7: "My memories of a Game 7 probably go back to Jack Morris, `91," he said. "I was 12 years old, so certainly could appreciate the effort that he gave and the magnitude of the game, to be able to pitch like he did and win the World Series."

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