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Travis Ishikawa

Mike Moustakas goes yard, Edinson Volquez goes long as Royals down Pirates, 5-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. The situation suggested caution: Three balls and no strikes, two outs, Kansas City striving to increase a one-run lead over Pittsburgh. But the pitch demanded punishment: A waist-high, 92-mph fastball, the sort of medium-temperature heater that floats through the dreams of players like Mike Moustakas. He couldn't resist. In a 5-1 victory, the Royals did not complain. Moustakas ripped a three-run shot off Pirates starter Charlie Morton, the definitive stroke in a series-clinching victory. He rounded the bases with his head down as Kauffman Stadium erupted. The applause was sustained and deserved, a tribute to a team that refuses to bend to the weight of injuries or...