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Junis K's 7 but allows 3 HRs in loss to Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- Two trends continued for the Royals on Tuesday night at Miller Park.

Kansas City's offense continued to sputter, and right-hander Jakob Junis continued to give up the long ball.

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MILWAUKEE -- Two trends continued for the Royals on Tuesday night at Miller Park.

Kansas City's offense continued to sputter, and right-hander Jakob Junis continued to give up the long ball.

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Junis gave up three more home runs and the Brewers rolled to a 5-1 victory. He now has permitted a Major League-leading 22 home runs.

"Yeah, I mean, I'm giving up a lot of runs on home runs," Junis said. "If I can keep it in the yard, I would have a lot better chance at keeping some runs off the board. But just a couple pitches I'm leaving over the plate are getting handled."

The Royals have lost 18 of their last 21 games, and all three of those wins came as the result of shutouts. Kansas City has scored 43 runs in that 21-game stretch.

"It's not frustration," Royals manager Ned Yost said of the club's rough June. "Well, that's a lie. We're all frustrated. I've never seen anything like it. I've never seen an offensive drought like we've had all month long. It's pretty puzzling. There's no answer for it."

Video: KC@MIL: Yost on Junis' pitch execution, loss to Crew

Milwaukee 22-year-old starter Freddy Peralta threw seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball while striking out 10 in his home debut. That one hit was a double in the third inning by Adalberto Mondesi, who also hit his first homer of the season in the eighth.

Video: KC@MIL: Mondesi belts his first homer of the season

"He was really good," Yost said of Peralta. "He had a lot of deception. It is hard to explain. He's got a high spin rate, and the ball just kind of jumps on you even though it's 92 mph. Really good curveballs. Commanded it better than I thought he would."

Junis lasted five innings and gave up seven hits and five runs while striking out seven. He left a 3-0 fastball up in the first inning and Christian Yelich belted it the opposite way to left field for a two-run jack. Jesus Aguilar hit a towering solo home run to center field in the third on a 0-1 slider, and Ryan Braun added a two-run shot on a first-pitch slider in the fifth.

"My stuff hasn't been consistent, but tonight I felt a lot better and I still gave up five runs," Junis said. "It's just something you've got to work towards and keep getting better, and hopefully next time I have my slider again and a little bit better fastball control, and then we can keep the runs off the board and give our team a chance to win."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Mondesi got hits from both sides of the plate on Tuesday. He ripped a double in the third from the left side off Peralta, and then he smoked a 2-1 sinker from left-hander Dan Jennings to right-center field for his first home run this season. Statcast™ projected it to have traveled 383 feet.

"It was a little sinker running away," Mondesi said of the homer. "I was just trying to stay short to the ball."

Video: KC@MIL: Mondesi hits a double into right field

UP NEXT
The Royals wrap up the two-game set with the Brewers on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. CT. In a matchup of two southpaws, Danny Duffy (3-7, 5.18 ERA) takes the mound for the Royals, while Brent Suter (8-4, 4.15 ERA) will pitch for the Brewers. Duffy gave up two hits through six scoreless innings while striking out seven on Friday in Houston.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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