KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ned Yost, soothsayer.
On Monday, his club trailing 3-2 in the World Series, the Royals manager was blunt.
"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.
Game 7 is tonight with Yost sending righthander Jeremy Guthrie against Giants righthander Tim Hudson (Giants manager Bruce Bochy said postseason ace Madison Bumgarner will be available in relief).
"I've never been so [convinced] about a game in my life," Yost said. "When we battled out Game 4 and ended up losing, I knew we'd have a heck of a time in Game 5 with Bumgarner, as special as he was. But I had a very, very strong feeling that whoever won Game 6 was going to win Game 7."
History is on Yost's side as a road team hasn't won a Game 7 since Pittsburgh in 1979, with home teams 9-0 since then. The 1985 Royals were among them, beating the Cardinals in the deciding game.
"When you're a little kid in the backyard, you always think of World Series games and hitting home runs to win Game 7 or pitching in a Game 7," Hudson said. "So I'm no different than anybody else. Sixteen years in the big leagues, I finally have that chance."
The Royals, who had 15 hits, 11 of them in the first three innings, put it away early with a seven-run second.
And they received an emotional seven shutout innings from rookie righthander Yordano Ventura, who wore a hand-written tribute on his cap in dedicating the game to his friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Taveras, the 22-year-old Cardinals prospect killed in a car accident Sunday.
"I'm very proud to be Dominican," Ventura, 23, said through his translator, teammate Christian Colon. "From the minute I found out about Oscar, I said this game was going to be dedicated to him."
Though struggling a bit with his control, Ventura, with a darting fastball that still hit 100 mph in the seventh inning, allowed three hits and five walks with four strikeouts.
"Awesome," Yost said. "I mean, I don't really know what more to say. You've got a 23-year-old kid pitching the biggest game that this stadium has seen in 29 years with our backs against the wall . . . you can't be on a bigger stage than he was on tonight. To perform the way he did was just special."
Ventura outpitched veteran Jake Peavy, who allowed five runs and six hits in 11/3 innings.
The Royals, who totaled seven runs in losing two of three in San Francisco, duplicated that in the second inning, sending 11 to the plate. Mike Moustakas got Kansas City on the board with a double -- he also hit his fifth homer of the postseason in the seventh -- and Nori Aoki ended Peavy's night with a bases-loaded single to make it 2-0.
Bochy brought in Yusmeiro Petit, who hadn't allowed a run in 12 innings this postseason. Lorenzo Cain's two-run single made it 4-0, and Eric Hosmer's two-run double put the Royals up 6-0. Billy Butler's RBI double made it 7-0.
The Giants loaded the bases with one out in the third but Buster Posey, without an extra-base hit in what has been a nightmarish postseason, grounded into a double play and the countdown to Game 7 all but began.
"Some of you are smart," Bochy said with a smile to reporters. "You thought this thing would go seven games and that's where we're at. It's exciting. It's good for baseball."