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Nottingham’s grand slam lifts Crew past Kansas City

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jacob Nottingham hit a grand slam and Orlando Arcia added a three-run shot as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied from an early four-run deficit and beat the Kansas City Royals 9-5 on Friday night.

Nottingham’s two-out blast to left off Danny Duffy (3-4) capped a six-run rally in the fourth inning that put the Brewers ahead for good. The comeback had begun when Christian Yelich led off the fourth with his 150th career homer.

Kansas City’s Salvador Perez went 4 of 5 with a homer, double, two runs and four RBIs.

Drew Rasmussen (1-0) pitched one inning of scoreless relief to earn the win. Six Brewers relievers held Kansas City to one run over the last six innings.

Friday’s game started the Brewers’ final home series before they close the regular season with three games at Cincinnati and five at St. Louis. The Brewers (24-26) are chasing the Reds (26-26) and Cardinals (24-24) for second place in the National League Central behind the Chicago Cubs (31-20).

The top two teams in each division earn automatic playoff berths this season.

Kansas City took an early lead off Brewers starter Adrian Houser as the first three batters of the game all scored.

After Whit Merrifield singled and Adalberto Mondesi walked to open the game, Perez doubled them home. A one-out single by Hunter Dozier put runners on the corners.

When Dozier stole second, Nottingham’s throw bounced into center field, allowing Perez to score from third.

The Royals made it 4-0 when Perez singled home Mondesi in the third.

Then it all fell apart in the fourth.

After giving up Yelich’s leadoff homer, Duffy allowed the Brewers’ next three batters to reach as Ryan Braun singled, Jedd Gyorko walked and Keston Hiura singled to load the bases.

Duffy issued a one-out walk to Arcia that cut the lead to 4-2, but seemed on the verge of getting out of the inning after striking out Luis Urias. That’s when Nottingham delivered the Brewers’ first grand slam of the season.

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