American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Minnesota|
(Friday, April 27th)
Final Score: Kansas City 7, Minnesota 6
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Mike Moustakas drove-in the go-ahead run as
part of a two-run eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals edged the Minnesota
Twins, 7-6, in the first of a three-game series at Target Field on Friday.
Moustakas also scored a run and Billy Butler cracked a two-run homer among his
two hits and three RBI, while Alex Gordon added a two-run long ball and scored
three times for the Royals, who have won three straight since dropping 12 in a
row. Alcides Escobar added two hits and an RBI in the victory.
Jose Mijares (1-1) picked up the win with a scoreless seventh inning, and
Jonathan Broxton shut down the Twins in the ninth to earn his third save of
"We've swung the bats very well tonight," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We
got some clutch hitting, power hitting, and some pretty darn good clutch
pitching and really good defense."
Trevor Plouffe cracked a solo homer, Joe Mauer ended 2-for-4 with a double,
triple and an RBI and Justin Morneau added an RBI single. Alexi Casilla
knocked in two runs and Denard Span and Ben Revere collected an RBI apiece for
the Twins, who have lost six straight.
Brian Duensing (0-2) gave up two runs on two hits and one walk in an inning of
relief to suffer the loss.
With the contest tied at five, the Royals took the lead for good in the
eighth. Jeff Francoeur started the rally with a one-out double into the left-
center field gap and came around to score on Moustakas' single up the middle
to make it 6-5. The Royals added an insurance run later in the inning on an
RBI single to left by Escobar.
The Twins got one back in the home eighth when Danny Valencia doubled to left,
moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Revere and scored on a groundout by
Broxton retired the side in order in the ninth to seal the win for Kansas
Kansas City jumped out front in its first at-bat when Jarrod Dyson reached on
an error by Morneau to start the inning and Gordon followed by blasting one
over the right-field wall to give the Royals a 2-0 advantage.
But the Twins got both runs back in the bottom of the frame. Span worked a
walk to begin the inning and after Jamey Carroll popped out, Mauer cracked an
RBI triple into the right-field corner and Morneau brought home Mauer with a
single up the middle.
The Twins took the lead in the second when Plouffe deposited a fastball from
Royals starter Everett Teaford into the seats in left field to make it 3-2,
but Kansas City quickly retook the lead in the third when Butler crushed a
sinker from Carl Pavano over the left-field wall for a two-run shot to make it
Minnesota tied the game at four in the fourth when Plouffe drew a leadoff walk
and scored three batters later on a single into left field by Span.
But the Royals came right back and reclaimed the lead in the fifth on an RBI
single up the middle by Butler.
Minnesota again answered to tie the game in the sixth when Ryan Doumit led off
the inning with a double. After a fly out from Valencia and a pop out by
Plouffe, Casilla came up with a big two-out double down the left-field line to
bring in Doumit.
"It was a tough loss, but as a starting pitcher, I have to set the tone and I
didn't do that," Pavano said. "They gave me a lead and I let them back into
it. You have to put your team in a position to win,"
Prior to Friday's game, the Royals recalled outfielders Dyson and Jason
Bourgeois from Triple-A Omaha...Minnesota fell to 2-8 at home and 1-3 in games
played on Friday this season...Teaford gave up four runs on eight hits and two
walks in four innings, while Pavano was tagged for five runs -- four earned --
on six hits and one walk over 6 1/3 innings...Kansas City finished 4-for-8
with men in scoring position, while the Twins were 3-for-15 with runners in
04/28 02:32:14 ET