Royals benefiting from Ramirez's hot bat

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Make it six RBIs in just nine at-bats for Royals first baseman Max Ramirez. He singled home the winning run in a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Wednesday.

Ramirez also made a diving stop at first base in the ninth inning to help seal the victory. A catcher, he has played just 44 games at first in regular-season games in the Majors and Minors.

"Max has done a really nice job at first base every time we put him over there," manager Ned Yost said.

Ramirez accounted for four of his RBIs with a grand slam. His game-winner Wednesday came off Santo Manzanillo.

"I got a fastball, middle in, and I stayed behind the ball and hit it through middle," Ramirez said. "He threw me a fastball the pitch before, and I missed it. He's got a good fastball, and I had to be ready for that fastball again, and he threw it again."