KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ned Yost, soothsayer.
Asked Monday why he didn't feel as if his club's collective backs were against the wall trailing the Giants three games to two, the Royals manager was blunt.
"Because I think we're going to win,'' Yost said. "I've got that much confidence in our team. I just think we're going to go to Game 7.''
His Royals are after laying waste to the Giants, 10-0, Tuesday night in front of a frenzied crowd of 40,372 that spent much of the game standing at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals, who had 15 hits, 11 of them in the first three innings, erupted for seven runs in the second to put away the game early.
Game 7 is Wednesday night, with Royals righthander Jeremy Guthrie taking on Giants righthander Tim Hudson. Bruce Bochy has said postseason ace Madison Bumgarner will be available out of the bullpen.
The last road team to win a Game 7 was Pittsburgh in 1979, with home teams 9-0 since. The 1985 Royals were among them, beating the Cardinals in the deciding game.
"Anytime you can get to a Game 7, you realize anything can happen,'' Guthrie said before Tuesday night's game.
Game 6 was a pitching rematch of Game 2, a 7-2 Kansas City victory, that looked similar, although Giants starter Jake Peavy was far worse.
Royals rookie Yordano Ventura was far better. He wore a hand-written tribute on his cap in dedicating the game to his friend Oscar Taveras, the 22-year-old Cardinals prospect killed in a car accident Sunday.
Peavy, who allowed four runs and six hits in five innings in Game 2, allowed five runs and six hits in 11/3 this time. Ventura, who allowed two runs and eight hits in 51/3 innings in Game 2, allowed three hits in seven innings, his darting fastball routinely hitting 96, 97 and even reaching 100 mph in the seventh.
Peavy set down the first two Royals in the first before Lorenzo Cain worked a walk. Eric Hosmer, who was hitting .375 with a .474 on-base percentage this postseason, ripped a single. Leftfielder Travis Ishikawa fell as he fielded the ball, then threw to second base. As he did, third- base coach Mike Jirschele gave Cain a late wave home, but he did not see it. Billy Butler, back in the lineup at DH after sitting three games in San Francisco, grounded into a 6-4 force to end the inning.
That would be the last break of Peavy's evening. The Royals, who totaled seven runs in losing two of three in San Francisco, duplicated that output in the second inning.
Alex Gordon improved to 11-for-31 against Peavy with a leadoff single to center. Salvador Perez singled to right-center, putting runners at first and third for Mike Moustakas, 3-for-16 to that point in the series.
Moustakas, who in the seventh hit his fifth homer of the postseason, pulled a 1-and-1 cutter over first base for a double, making it 1-0. Peavy struck out Omar Infante, but Alcides Escobar beat out a ball to first for a hit, loading the bases.
After taking a strike, Nori Aoki fouled off four of the next five pitches before sending the sixth to left for an opposite-field single that brought in Perez, making it 2-0 and ending Peavy's night after 42 pitches.
Bochy brought in Yusmeiro Petit, who hadn't allowed a run in 12 innings this postseason. Cain's two-run single made it 4-0, and Hosmer's two-run double put the Royals up 6-0. Butler's RBI double made it 7-0.