KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game apiece.
A night after the Giants opened with a 7-1 victory for their seventh straight Series win, Gregor Blanco led off the game with a home run against hard-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura.
Alcides Escobar's RBI double in the bottom half off Jake Peavy and Butler's run-scoring single in the second put the Royals ahead 2-1 for their first lead of the Series, but Brandon Belt's RBI double tied the score 2-all in the fourth.
Butler's single off Jean Machi drove in his second run of the night and put the Royals ahead 3-2. Perez lined a two-run double to the left-center wall for a three-run lead.
Infante homered into the left-field bullpen off Hunter Strickland, who started screaming and got into a confrontation with Perez as he crossed the plate.
The dugouts emptied, but no punches were thrown and Hunter was replaced by Jeremy Affeldt.
Ventura allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings and didn't get a decision for the third straight start in the postseason. Kelvin Herrera, one of Kansas City's 100 mph-throwing relievers, escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the sixth and was in line for the win.
Peavy settled down after Escobar's hit, retiring 10 in a row on 28 pitches before Lorenzo Cain's soft single to center leading off the sixth. He walked Eric Hosmer, and Machi came in and left a fastball up to Butler, who lined it into left for the go-ahead run.
San Francisco tied a World Series record by using five pitchers in the sixth.
San Francisco, which opened at home en route to titles in 2010 and 2012, was trying to become the first team to win the first two Series games on the road since the 1999 New York Yankees on the way to their sweep of Atlanta. Forty-two of 53 teams to take 2-0 leads went on to win the title, including nine straight since the 1996 Braves lost to the Yankees in six games.
After a day off, the Series shifts Friday to bayside AT&T Park in San Francisco.