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MIAMI -- Alcides Escobar is the latest player to make an impact at the plate for the Kansas City Royals.Escobar homered, doubled, and drove in two runs to lead the surging Royals past the Miami Marlins 5-2 on Thursday night.Esky had a great game, Royals manager Ned Yost said. Just had a great game. Defensively, offensively, the home run was big to give us a two-run lead at that point.Escobar is hitting .388 (19 for 49) with four doubles, a triple, and a home run in his last 13 games.Salvador Perez and Kendrys Morales also drove in runs for the Royals as the defending World Series champions have won 15 of 18 to pull within four games of the second AL wild card spot.Weve been playing great baseball as of late, but we definitely know were a long way from where we want to be, Royals right fielder Lorenzo Cain said. We have to continue hopefully winning series -- thats our main goal.Kansas City starter Edinson Volquez (10-10) pitched five innings and allowed two runs, both unearned, and three hits.The Royals bullpen, which has been a successful formula for the reigning two-time AL pennant winners, pitched four scoreless innings to push their franchise-record scoreless streak to 38 2/3 innings -- the best in the majors since 2002-03 when San Francisco tossed 39 1/3 straight.Theyve just been spectacular, Yost said.Kelvin Herrera pitched a flawless ninth for his ninth save in 11 chances.Tom Koehler (9-9) allowed four runs, three earned, and seven hits in six innings for the Marlins.It was an interesting game, Koehler said. Youve got to give them credit. They capitalized on our mistakes we made tonight.Kansas City went 4 for 28 with runners in scoring position and scored six runs during the three-game series, but left Miami with two victories.We dont care what we do as long as we win, Yost said. As long as we score more runs than they do and its a combination of pitching, great defense, and timely hitting and thats been our recipe for a while now.The Marlins also struggled hitting with runners in scoring position during the series going 3 for 26 and leaving 24 men on base including 11 on Thursday.We had a few chances, we didnt have a ton, but we had a few chances but werent able to scratch, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.The Royals opened the scoring in the third on an RBI double by Perez after the Marlins elected to intentionally walk Eric Hosmer with first base open. Cheslor Cuthbert scored on Perezs ground ball down the left-field line.Escobar extended the Royals lead to 2-0 on a home run to center field in the fourth. It was his third of the season and second of the month.I was looking for a fastball on that pitch, Escobar said. (Koehler) threw me a first-pitch cutter and the next pitch was a fastball and I swung the bat and hit the ball really good.Third baseman Cuthbert had two doubles to go with two errors, one of which led to the Marlins two runs coming in the fourth to tie the game at 2.Escobars tiebreaking RBI double off Koehler in the sixth gave the Royals the lead. Morales pinch-hit sacrifice fly put the Royals on top 4-2.The Marlins threatened in the sixth loading the bases with two outs, but lefty Matt Strahm entered the game and got Dee Gordon to ground out to escape the jam.The bullpen was phenomenal and Strahm probably gets the gold star, Yost said.The Royals pushed their lead to 5-2 in the ninth as Raul Mondesi walked, stole two bases, and scored on catcher J.T. Realmutos throwing error trying to get Mondesi at third on his stolen base attempt.A club like that over there thats got guys that can hit balls out of the ballpark, a three-run lead is much better than a two-run lead, Yost said.Both teams combined for six errors.DYSON WEB GEMRoyals center fielder Jarrod Dyson made one of the best catches ever at Marlins Park when he robbed Christian Yelich of a home run in the first inning.That was probably the best play that anybodys made for me in my entire career, Volquez said.Yelich said: It was a great play. Its a huge ball park. We play in the worst hitters park in baseball so you better get it. I didnt get enough of it and he made a great play. Youve got to hit it to get it out of here. Its a terrible hitters park.Dyson ran to make a leaping left-handed grab up against the wall in center field.Actually off the bat I thought I was burnt and I had no shot, but as I kept running and got closer I was like, `Yeah I got a chance, Dyson said.Many of Dysons teammates gave him the Royals customary tip of the cap for an impressive defensive play on his way back to the dugout.It felt great, Dyson said. I think thats the first one Ive ever robbed in my career so it was a pretty special moment for me.It was the first home run robbed at Marlins Park since it opened in 2012.Thats history right there and I love being a part of history, Dyson said.TRAINERS ROOMRoyals: C Salvador Perez took a foul ball off his face mask in the eighth and was replaced by Drew Butera in the ninth as a precaution. He got a little light-headed so we just got him out, Yost said.Marlins: RF Giancarlo Stanton (groin strain) is hopeful he can return to the team at some point during the regular season to help the Marlins after sustaining the injury on Aug. 13. Anything could help so whatever I can do to be back, if its possible, is going to happen, Stanton said.UP NEXTRoyals: RHP Ian Kennedy (8-9, 3.58) will start Fridays game at Boston against RHP Steven Wright (13-5, 3.01) in a three-game series with the Red Sox. Kennedy has recorded five straight starts of at least six innings and one-or-fewer runs matching Larry Gura for the longest such streak in franchise history. Kennedy is 2-0 with a 0.79 ERA during the stretch.Marlins: RHP David Phelps (7-6, 2.28) will take the mound Friday to begin a three-game series against San Diego, which will start former Marlins RHP Jarred Cosart (0-1, 4.54). Phelps is 2-1 with a 1.31 ERA over his last four starts since moving into the rotation. 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The Canadian squad, skipped by Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, got on the board first with two in the second end, and followed that with two more apiece in the fourth and sixth ends.Neil Lennon is hopeful he can spend the coming weeks on his phone trying to secure loan signings for Bolton if the Football League lifts the clubs transfer embargo. Wanderers hope to announce a consortium fronted by former striker Dean Holdsworth has completed its purchase of the club in the next few days as they look to put an end to their off-field struggles.The Football League this week gave the Sports Shield group conditional approval to press on with a takeover that will see it inject an initial £7.5million, but it will continue to monitor a situation that has had the club up in front of a High Court judge on three occasions since January over unpaid tax. Sports Shields first task will be settling a debt approaching £3million with HM Revenue and Customs before the club turn their attention to lifting a Football League-imposed embargo that has prevented Lennon from signing players since late December.It looks like it will go ahead over the next couple of days, which is obviously great news, Lennon said of the takeoverWe need to get the embargo lifted.dddddddddddd We are looking at players anyway just in case we get the green light.Wanderers are anchored to the foot of the Sky Bet Championship and are 10 points from safety with 10 games remaining.Lennon is desperate to bring in a striker before the loan window closes at the end of this month and sees it as paramount that they can get out of their embargo.Its very important, he added.You just hope its not too late. Time is, again, of the essence. Its taken a long, long time for this to go through. Its been frustrating, Im sure its been frustrating for Dean as well but I think hes got there now.I dont know how much money I have but were making phone calls anyway and trying to touch base with a few clubs just in case. It would be nice to get it ratified, get the embargo lifted and actually use my phone and talk to somebody. Also See: Bolton video Bolton fixtures Bolton stats Bet £5 Get £20 Free Cheap NFL Womens Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys NFL China Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '

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