Lorenzo Cain certainly isn't surprised.
"Most people probably give up in situations like that, go and get the third out, but we as a team, we try to take advantage of every opportunity, especially with two outs," Cain said. "We find a way to put the ball in play, get on base … and once somebody gets on it kind of trickles down. We've shown that and proved that over the years. I can't explain, but it's definitely something we thrive on."
Cain helped ignite Thursday's rally against Houston with a sinking line drive that moved Paulo Orlando to third. Eric Hosmer, Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon followed with three consecutive doubles before Salvador Perez ended the outburst with an RBI single.
For a team that led the Majors while hitting .277 in two-out situations in 2015, keeping that momentum going again has been a key to the Royals' early-season success.
"It's nothing you work on," Yost said. "Our guys are relaxed in pressure situations or with their backs against the wall, like a two-out situation. They don't elevate the importance of the at-bat in their mind, which makes every at-bat the same, which is important. They just do a good job at it. We did a bunch last year and doing it again this year."
Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.