American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Kansas City
(Monday, April 8th)
Final Score: Kansas City 3, Minnesota 1
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - The Kansas City Royals rallied to score
three runs in the eighth inning and defeated the Minnesota Twins, 3-1, in
their home opener Monday.
Alcides Escobar, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon had an RBI apiece for the
Royals, who saw starter Ervin Santana (1-1) pitch eight innings of one-run
ball. Aaron Crow pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save.
Ryan Doumit drove in the Twins' lone run in the first inning. Starter Kevin
Correia (0-1) allowed three runs on eight hits over 7 1/3 innings in defeat.
"I'd rather have a bad outing and win the game," said Correia. "At this point
in my career I'm not really trying to pad my stats or anything like that. I
just want to go out there and win the game. Santana threw a helluva game, so
you're going to run into that here and there."
In the first, Doumit brought Joe Mauer home with a two-out single to left.
Next up was Trevor Plouffe, and he also hit a single to left, but Doumit
was thrown out at second while attempting to advance.
It was a pitching duel between the starters until the eighth inning. Gordon
hit a one-out single, bringing Lorenzo Cain home. Escobar doubled in the next
at-bat plating Gordon. Jared Burton entered from the bullpen and threw a wild
pitch with Butler batting, allowing Escobar to reach third. Butler then
singled to easily plate Escobar.
"Ned (Yost) kept saying, 'Hey, we need to get something going,'" said Gordon
about his manager. "He kept telling us if someone gets on we're going to hit-
and-run. No one was getting on, so finally I got on first. Esky (Escobar)
handles the bat pretty good and was able to find the gap. With me off and
running, it was a pretty easy score."
Crow came in the ninth for the Royals. He was able to strike out Plouffe.
Then, after walking Chris Parmelee, he forced Brian Dozier to hit into a
double play, ending the game.
Gordon was the only Kansas City player to strike out ... The Twins were 2-
for-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base ... Santana is
three wins away from having 100 for his career ... The Royals celebrated 40
years of baseball at Kauffman Stadium, the sixth-oldest active park in the
majors. It first opened on April 10, 1973.