Major League Baseball
Kansas City 2, Milwaukee 0
When: 8:10 PM ET, Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Temperature: 77°
Umpires: Home - Brian Gorman, 1B - Adrian Johnson, 2B - Sean Barber, 3B - Lance Barrett
Attendance: 9298

Andrew Benintendi's two-out RBI single in the eighth inning drove in Whit Merrifield with the go-ahead run as the Royals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 Tuesday night in the first game of a two-game series in Kansas City.

Royals rookie reliever Jake Brentz (1-0) picked up his first career win. Josh Staumont picked up his fourth save in as many chances.

Brandon Woodruff (2-2) took the hard-luck loss. He had two outs with nobody on in the eighth when he walked Merrifield. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell came to the mound, but left Woodruff in to face Carlos Santana, whom he hit with a pitch.

Devin Williams gave up Benintendi's single and then Luis Urias' second error of the game allowed Santana to score.

Royals starter Kris Bubic allowed just one hit and two walks in six shutout innings. He has faced the Brewers twice in his career, and he has not allowed a run in 11 1/3 innings.

The Brewers have the best road ERA in the majors, and Woodruff is a big part of that. His one earned run brought his total to three in 33 1/3 innings away from American Family Field. For the game, Woodruff gave up just four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.

Both starting pitchers were on their games from the outset. The teams combined for just four singles through five innings. Bubic allowed a two-out single in the third, while Woodruff gave up back-to-back, two-out singles sandwiched around a 21-minute rain delay in the second, plus a two-out single in the fifth.

Bubic started to show some cracks in the sixth, walking two batters. He retired one of those on a double play, and he got former Royal Lorenzo Cain to fly out to end the inning. Woodruff, who had his bump in the road in the fifth when he allowed three baserunners, also made it through the sixth with no runs allowed. It was Woodruff's eighth straight quality start.

Woodruff gave up a one-out single to Kelvin Gutierrez, his second hit of the game, but retired Michael A. Taylor on a 6-4-3 double play on the next pitch to retire the side for his seventh scoreless inning until trouble in the eighth.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
Milwaukee   Kansas City
Brandon Woodruff Player Kris Bubic
Loss W/L No Decision
7.2 IP 6.0
4 Strikeouts 4
4 Hits 1
1.17 ERA 0.00
Milwaukee   Kansas City
Omar Narvaez Player Kelvin Gutierrez
1 Hits 2
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
1 TB 2
1.000 Avg .667
Team Stats Summary
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Milwaukee 3 0 3 .103 8 7 0 2 0 3
Kansas City 5 0 5 .172 9 5 1 2 0 0