Frank White tripled in one run and scored the game winner later in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Brewers, 4-3, today before 54,049 in Milwaukee's home opener.
Larry Gura (3-0) yielded five hits over seven innings in becoming the major leagues' first three-game winner; he also beat the Brewers April 9 in Kansas City. Dan Quisenberry pitched the final two innings and earned his third save.
"It's no big thing," Gura said of being 3-0. "I'm just glad the openers are over. I seem to have pitched in every one of them. Now we can get back to playing normal baseball."
The Royals overcame a 3-2 deficit with two runs in the sixth off Bob McClure (0-2). Hal McRae singled with one out and came home on White's triple to the right center field wall. Jerry Martin followed with a sacrifice fly to center for his third RBI of the game.
Martin had hit .571 against the Brewers in two earlier games, including an inside-the-park homer in Kansas City.
The Brewers scored two unearned runs in the third off Gura. Don Money led off with a grounder to third baseman George Brett, whose throw to first base was wild, sending Money to second. Money advanced to third on a bloop double just inside the right field line by Charley Moore and scored on Jim Gantner's grounder to short, Moore taking third. Paul Molitor brought in Milwaukee's second run with a sacrifice fly to deep right.