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Brewers’ Willy Adames calls shot and hits game-winning homer at 9th against Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Willy Adames had been chatting with the Royals fans behind the Milwaukee dugout throughout the game, as the good-natured ribbing continued as the Brewers jumped out to a two-point lead and Kansas City fought back to take its own lead of two points to ninth.

With two outs and a pair of runners on board, Adames stood in the on-deck circle with the game on the line.

“They told me they wanted me to hit a three-run home run,” Adames would later say, “and I was like, ‘I got you.'”

Adames proceeded to drill an 83-mph curveball from Royals closer James McArthur into the left-field bullpen, sending Milwaukee to a 6-5 win Tuesday night and leaving the Kansas City fans leaving him behind as he returned to the dug -out.

“It was really priceless,” said Brewers manager Pat Murphy, who watched the so-called shot scene unfold. “It was really cool.”

Jared Koenig (3-1) earned the win for Milwaukee, allowing Hunter Renfroe to ground out to end the seventh and then survive a scoreless eighth. Trevor Megill got through the ninth quickly, earning his third save in three tries.

Vinnie Pasquantino drove in three points for Kansas City. Salvador Perez and Kyle Isbel also scored points.

“That one hurts,” Royals manager Matt Quatraro said, “but we’ve done that to other people, too.”

Rhys Hoskins and Joey Ortiz crushed back-to-back home runs off Royals starter Seth Lugo in the second inning, but that was the only offense the Brewers could muster until the seventh, when they managed to coax another run.

They squandered a chance to get closer when Angel Zerpa struck out Gary Sanchez and stranded a pair later in the seventh, then missed another opportunity in the eighth when John Schreiber fanned Oliver Dunn, stranding two more runners.

The Brewers did not waste their last opportunity in the ninth.

McArthur (1-2) had retired the first two batters when William Contreras, on a full-count pitch, started the comeback with a double just inside the foul line in left field. Sánchez followed with a walk before Adames confidently walked to the plate.

“He goes through with (the fans) during Gary’s at-bat, and he tells them — they’re Kansas City fans — he tells them, ‘One more ball,’” Murphy said. “Then he goes back to them and says, ‘Here we go.'”

There it went, straight into the bullpen in left field.

It wasn’t exactly the same as Babe Ruth’s called shot — there’s a big difference between a regular-season game in the first week of May and Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, when the Hall of Famer famously the deep center field at Wrigley pointed. Field, then homered to that exact spot to help the Yankees beat the Cubs 7-5.

Still, it was the kind of thing that was sure to be in Brewer lore.

“Oh my God, that was the coolest thing I’ve ever done,” said Adames, who even signed a few balls for the Kansas City fans. “You know, the fans are going to be really loud sometimes, but these guys here were great. They were having a good time. Like all my at-bats, we were chatting, and then the last one was obviously the best one.”