Kyle Wright continues to feel things out a bit on his return, but the Braves continued to be able to mine enough offense out of the beleaguered Kansas City Royals to complete the sweep Sunday, 5-4, and extend their winning streak to six games.

Kansas City turned what had looked like it could be another comfortable Braves win early into a nip-and-tuck 4-4 game late. The Braves had a chance to pull ahead in the eighth when Ronald Acuna Jr.doubled and promptly stole third with one out. However, Aroldis Chapman still apparently has some juice left in the tank, as he struck out Matt Olson and Sean Murphy (with an Austin Riley walk sandwiched between) to get out of the inning with the game still tied.

Scott Barlow did not have as much luck for Kansas City in the ninth, though. He started with a strikeout of Eddie Rosario, but Ozzie Albies followed with a double to the base of the wall in right to put the go-ahead run in scoring position. Vaughn Grissom, just up from the minors this week after the injury to Orlando Arcia, put the Braves ahead for good with a slap hit down the right-field line, scoring Ozzie from second easily. A.J. Minter pitched an excellent ninth inning to secure the 5-4 win for the visitors.

The Braves jumped ahead in the third on a Matt Olson two-run triple that was played fairly disastrously by Kansas City right fielder Edward Olivares. He could’ve played it on a hop and probably kept the game scoreless, but instead he lunged for the shoestring catch and missed the ball entirely. That scored two runs and set Olson up on third with less than two outs, allowing Riley to drive him in with a sacrifice fly and make it 3-0.

The Royals got a bit closer while simultaneously blowing a big scoring chance when Bobby Witt Jr. grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and nobody out in the third. That scored a run to make it 3-1, but Wright was able to get out of the inning with no further damage.

Albies immediately got the run back with a solo homer into the bullpen in right in the top of the fourth, and everything seemed to be going pretty well for Wright. He got himself into two significant jams in the game. He worked his way out of it well in the third, but he was lifted with two on and two out in the sixth, his team up 4-1. I’m normally in favor of leaving the starter in in these situations, but this one I could’ve gone either way with. I figure that probably means taking him out was the right call. He wound up allowing two runs on four hits and three walks over 5.2 innings, striking out six. He allowed two runs because Michael Tonkin came in and gave up a run-scoring single to the next batter, Franmil Reyes. Tonkin struck out Matt Duffy to escape the jam with the Braves still up 4-2, though, and it appeared Wright, though perhaps still rounding into form, had done enough to get the all-important win.

Unfortunately, Tonkin came back out in the seventh and really didn’t seem to have his best stuff. It looked like he might dance through the proverbial raindrops again after allowing a leadoff single, as he struck out MJ Melendez (who was one of several Royals players this weekend who prompted me to audibly ask nobody in particular, “Who the hell is that?” BTW) with one out to pull to the brink of getting out of the inning. Vinnie Pasquantino (who I’d admittedly heard of but would’ve had no chance of telling you any other information about) had other ideas, taking an 0-2 cement mixer from Tonkin and wrapping a two-run homer around the right-field foul pole to tie the game. That, however, led to Grissom’s heroics in the ninth.

So the Braves are now an impressive 12-4 on the season. They’ve taken advantage of something of a weak early schedule, but six wins in a row is notable no matter who you do it against. And they also swept St. Louis, who isn’t playing well right now but I think most people expect to be in the mix as the season goes down the stretch. They’re also starting to get some of the injured folks back after the nadir of the early injury bug seemed to come last week at about this time. Wright is back, and Max Fried is scheduled to make his second start of the season Monday night as the Braves look to exact some revenge against the Padres. Michael Harris looks to come off the IL later this week, as well.