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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kris Medlen is perfectly happy throwing crisp, pinpoint 89-mph fastballs, especially if the alternative is to throw 100-mph heat while living on the edge. That would be the life of Braves closer Craig Kimbrel. Both of them did their duty on Tuesday night in Atlantas first visit to Kansas City. Medlen outpitched the Royals Ervin Santana to position himself for the win, and Kimbrel survived a shaky ninth to preserve a 4-3 victory in the opener of their two-game series. "You know how stressful it is trying to locate 89 every pitch?" Medlen deadpanned. "Its not very fun, but its a tough skill to do. Its why Im hanging around." Why hes excelling, too. Medlen (5-7) improved to 4-1 in June. The victory wasnt without drama once he left the game, though. Jordan Walden had to pitch around a leadoff walk to get out of the eighth inning, and Kimbrel got into the same trouble in the ninth. But he did one worse, allowing a single to David Lough and letting him swipe second base to put the go-ahead run in scoring position with nobody out. Kimbrel recovered to strike out Elliot Johnson and Jarrod Dyson, and then intentionally walked Alex Gordon to load the bases for Alcides Escobar. He flied out to right on the first pitch he saw to end the game, giving Kimbrel his 11th straight save and 22nd of the season. "Whenever you walk the leadoff batter in a one-run ballgame," he said, "it puts you in a sticky situation, but we were able to work out of it." Jason Heyward drove in a pair of runs with a double in the fifth, and then broke a seventh-inning tie with his solo shot off Tim Collins (2-2). It was his sixth homer of the season. Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer in the fifth for the Royals. "We had a lot of opportunities," Johnson said. "We didnt make the most of them." In a curious twist to interleague play, the Royals had played 142 games against NL teams at Kauffman Stadium without a visit by Atlanta. If not for last years All-Star Game at the K, longtime Braves third baseman Chipper Jones would have retired having never played in the park. Their debut wound up being dominated by pitching. The Royals scratched out their first run off Medlen in the first when Alex Gordon reached on a single, took second on an error and went to third on a sacrifice bunt. But he was caught in a rundown on a grounder by Hosmer, who reached second before Gordon was tagged out. Hosmer scored on Billy Butlers ensuing single. That was all the Royals would muster off Medlen until Escobar managed a two-out single in the fifth. The resurgent Hosmer followed with his tying two-run shot over the right-field wall, his fourth home run of the season but third in 10 games. It proved to be timely, too, coming just after the Braves pulled ahead. Ervin Santana had struck out five through the first three innings, but began running into trouble the second time through the Braves power-packed lineup. But it wasnt home runs that gave them the lead, but a series of singles and doubles. Chris Johnson led off the fifth with a double, and Andrelton Simmons put runners on the corners with his base hit. Jordan Schafer tied the game 1-all on his double, and Heywards double down the right-field line gave the Braves a 3-1 lead. "I felt very good the whole game," Santana said. "I just missed a couple of pitches, and they made good adjustments on them." Heyward didnt hit his double particularly hard. The homer off Collins was crushed. Heyward greeted a 0-2 pitch from the Royals diminutive left-hander with a ferocious swing, sending the ball soaring over the wall in right field and giving the Braves a 4-3 lead. "I was just looking for a pitch in the zone to hit," he said. "Looking for a pitch in the zone to hit right there and try not to miss it. Put a good swing on it." A good enough swing to give Kimbrel a chance to create some ninth-inning drama. "Its not the way you draw it up," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of the living-on-the-edge save, "but well take it." Notes: The Braves began the day with 96 homers, tied with Colorado for first in the National League. Theyre now 41-9 when they hit a homer and 4-23 when they do not. ... Braves OF Justin Upton was the DH after missing two games with a sore right hand. ... The Royals recalled LHP Will Smith and optioned RHP Kelvin Herrera to Triple-A Omaha. ... LHP Mike Minor pitches for the Braves on Wednesday night. RHP Luis Mendoza goes for the Royals on Wednesday night. Cheap Adias NHL Jerseys Free Shipping . MORITZ, Switzerland -- Fog prevented downhill racers from getting their Olympic dress rehearsal. Authentic Adidas NHL Jerseys . Jason Zucker and Matt Cooke also scored for Minnesota, which has won five of six. Kuemper made five saves in the first, nine in the second, and nine in the third. The rookies best save came with 2:17 left in the third period when he denied former Wild forward Matt Cullen from just outside of the crease on the right side. . William Carrier opened the scoring for Cape Breton (6-4-2), but Andrew Ryan tied the game and Brent Andrews put the Mooseheads (8-6-0) in front for good with a short-handed goal at 13:49 of the second period. Cheap NHL Jerseys Authentic . They were putting most of their energy into a record-setting offensive display. Cheap Adidas Hockey Jerseys . -- Aaron Murray threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns, ran for another score, and led No. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Eric Hosmer finally topped his rookie total from five years ago.Hosmer hit his career-high 20th homer, Yordano Ventura pitched into and out of trouble, and the Kansas City Royals snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.Hosmer homered in the fourth off Michael Fulmer after Cheslor Cuthbert led off the inning with a double. Hosmers previous high was 19 as a rookie in 2011.Its what we all strive for to get better and better each year, Hosmer said. It came at a good time especially the way Fulmer was pitching, ended up getting us a victory with hopefully a lot more victories to come.Ventura (10-9) threw 53 strikes and 52 balls in six innings, allowing one run and six hits with six walks and a wild pitch. He improved to 7-0 against the Tigers, including three wins this season, and is 4-0 overall in his past six starts.He was really smart, Royals manager Ned Yost said. Some of those balls werent because he wasnt commanding his pitches. He was not going to let the middle of that order beat him. He was pitching around them.The Tigers went 1 for 9 with runners on base, stranding nine, while he was on the mound and had a base runner every inning.It just came down to us not getting a big hit when we needed it, Detroits Ian Kinsler said. We had opportunities. We got on base plenty against him. We just couldnt get a hit to drive in some runs tonight.Fulmer (10-6) gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings for the Tigers, falling to 1-4 in his past five starts. He walked one and struck out four.The 2-2 pitch to Hosmer, I threw it up and in, Fulmer said. I could have gotten it a little higher, but it was in. He put a good swing on it and got the barrel to it.Successive bunt singles by Raul Mondesi and Jarrod Dyson led to a run in the fifth as Cuthberts two-out single scored Mondesi.James McCanns fielders choice ground out in the fourth scored J.D. Martinez, who led off the inning with a double, for the only run Veentura allowed.ddddddddddddAlcides Escobars bases-loaded single in the ninth scored pinch-runner Terrance Gore and Salvador Perez for the final Kansas City runs. Escobar extended his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games.Kinsler homered on an 0-2 pitch from Brooks Pounders to lead off the Tigers ninth.Wade Davis, who blew a save Friday, was summoned to get the final outs, striking out Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez, picking up his 22nd save in 25 opportunities.ROSTER MOVEThe Tigers purchased the contract of LHP Joe Mantiply from Double-A Erie. In his final 13 outings for Erie, covering 15 innings, Mantiply did not allow a run and held opposing hitters to a .096 batting average. He limited left-handed hitters to a .147 average with a .196 slugging percentage for the season. The Tigers designated for assignment RHP Donn Roach to make roster space for Mantiply, who retired Dyson on a fly ball to end the eighth in his major league debut.TRAINERS ROOMTigers: 3B Erick Aybar was scratched with left abdominal soreness, which he aggravated while running the bases Friday. Andrew Romine replaced him in the lineup. ... RHP Mike Pelfrey, who is on the disabled list with a lower back strain, made his second rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Toledo, giving up five runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings at Columbus, striking out one and walking none.Royals: LF Alex Gordon left in the ninth inning with tightness in his right Achilles.. ... OF Lorenzo Cain has not played since Tuesday because of left wrist inflammation. 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