American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Minnesota|
(Tuesday, July 30th)
Final Score: Kansas City 7, Minnesota 2
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Mike Moustakas had two home runs and four
RBI, and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins, 7-2, in the
opener of a three-game series at Target Field.
Miguel Tejada, David Lough and Eric Hosmer had one RBI apiece for the Royals,
who are on a seven-game winning streak and are above .500 (52-51) this late in
the season for the first time since 2003.
"But we still have 59 games to go," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Good for us
... but the focus is day-to-day. We need to keep it going. The important thing
is to keep winning."
Ervin Santana (7-6) gave up two runs on four hits and a walk while fanning
eight over seven innings. He's allowed five runs in 23 1/3 innings since
surrendering eight runs against the Yankees on July 11.
Joe Mauer, who returned from the paternity list after his wife gave birth to
twins, went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Twins. Ryan Doumit drove in the other
run for Minnesota, which saw starter Mike Pelfrey (4-9) last just four
innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a pair of walks.
"He (Santana) made it tough for us," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "But
you have to look at the pace of the game and late, I thought we were going to
get back into this one, but Santana didn't let us."
Mauer got Minnesota on the board in the first with a one-out single that
plated Clete Thomas, who singled to start the inning.
However, the Royals took the lead for good with four runs in the third.
Hosmer hit a leadoff single and Salvador Perez singled to left center two
batters later. Tejada plated Hosmer with a base hit to center and Moustakas
capped the inning with a three-run shot to right center.
Doumit delivered an RBI single in the fourth, but both sides would struggle
offensively until the top of the eighth.
With two outs, Moustakas clubbed a 1-2 slider off Brian Duensing over the
right field wall to give the Royals a 5-2 lead.
In the ninth, Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon hit back-to-back singles to
begin the frame and Hosmer knocked an RBI double to right.
Josh Roenicke replaced Duensing and got Billy Butler to fly out, then
intentionally walked Perez. Lough then scored Gordon with a sacrifice
fly to left.
In the bottom of the inning, Mauer hit a one-out infield single and Doumit was
walked with two outs, but Luke Hochevear struck out Chris Colabello to end the
The Twins unveiled their 2014 All-Star Game logo prior to the game ... Santana
has logged at least six innings in 20 of 21 starts this season. Opponents are
hitting .228 against him, eighth-best in the American League ... Hochevar has
not allowed a run over 15 innings in his last 14 appearances, dating back to
June 23 ... Pelfrey is 0-2 with a 9.49 ERA in three career starts against
Kansas City ... The Royals are 25-19 in intra-division games and 12-3 when
they have multiple homers in a game.
07/30 23:50:36 ET