Final Score: Kansas City 5, Minnesota 0
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Moustakas stroked a two-run homer
in the sixth inning as the Kansas City Royals shut out the Minnesota Twins,
5-0, in the opener of a three-game series.
Omar Infante supplied two hits and two RBI as the Royals won their fourth
straight game. Eric Hosmer contributed two hits and drove in a run in the
Jason Vargas (2-0) spun seven scoreless innings, allowing seven hits and one
walk to go with four strikeouts.
"I expect to go out every time and give us a chance to win," Vargas said. "I
definitely feel like I'm capable of going out there and continue to pitch like
Josmil Pinto had two hits for the Twins, who entered the game as winners in
five of their last six. Starter Ricky Nolasco (1-2) was tagged for all five
runs on 11 hits with three strikeouts across 5 2/3 innings.
"There were some guys on base, hit a couple balls hard that put the game out
of reach," Nolasco said.
With one out gone in the third, Alcides Escobar drove a line-drive double to
left. Nori Aoki came up next and sliced a single over to third to put
runners on the corners. Infante then singled on a soft ground ball to Nolasco
that brought around Escobar to open the scoring for the Royals. Hosmer singled
on a sharp liner to right to score Aoki and make it a 2-0 game.
Escobar singled to left with one out in the fifth. Two batters later, Infante
drove in Escobar with a line drive to right for a 3-0 advantage.
The Royals tacked on two more runs in the sixth. Billy Butler got on base with
a one-out single and Moustakas drove a deep fly ball out to right field
for a home run.
The Royals snapped a three-game skid to the Twins ... Minnesota went 0-for-3
with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base ... The Royals
brought home four of their eight baserunners who were in scoring position.
04/19 01:01:05 ET
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