Dyson leads Royals to victory with two-run single in 8th

Kansas City Royals' Jarrod Dyson, right, celebrates with Mike Moustakas after scoring on a single by Alcides Escobar during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won 3-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jarrod Dyson hit a two-run single in the eighth inning to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Dyson scored later in the inning on Alcides Escobar’s single to put the Royals up 3-0, and they won for the 11th time in 14 games.

Wade Davis (6-1) struck out Andrew McCutchen swinging to end the eighth with two Pirates on base to pick up the victory.

Greg Holland survived a shaky ninth, allowing a run on four hits and a walk, but struck out Gregory Polanco with the bases loaded for his 21st save in 24 opportunities.

Pirates starter Gerrit Cole (13-4), who leads the majors in victories, was charged with all three runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings.

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