American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Minnesota|
(Wednesday, September 12th)
Final Score: Kansas City 10, Minnesota 5
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Billy Butler had three hits and three RBI
as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins, 10-5, in the middle
test of a three-game series at Target Field.
Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez added two RBI apiece for the Royals, who have
won three straight and four of their last five.
Luke Hochevar (8-13) earned the win despite allowing five runs on six hits and
four walks over five innings. The victory was his first since July 31,
snapping a streak of seven straight starts (0-4) without a victory.
"I wanted to get him over that hump," Royals manager Ned Yost said about
Hochevar. "He was working hard out there, maybe a little too hard, but he was
trying with everything he had to get over that hump. I was bound and
determined to give him every opportunity to do it."
P.J. Walters (2-4) surrendered six runs on seven hits and two walks through
four-plus innings to take the loss.
Jamey Carroll knocked in three runs, while Denard Span had three hits and two
runs scored for Minnesota, which dropped its second straight.
Minnesota opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when Span, who
was activated off the 15-day disabled list prior to the game, led off the
frame with a triple and came home two batters later on Josh Willingham's
single to left field.
The Twins added to their lead in the third inning as Span hit a leadoff single
and came home on three straight one-out walks by Willingham, Justin Morneau
and Ryan Doumit. Carroll followed with a sacrifice fly to center field to
plate Willingham for a 3-0 advantage.
Kansas City was able to get on the board in the fourth with Perez's solo homer
to left-center field.
The Royals then took the lead in the fifth inning after loading the bases with
no outs on an Eric Hosmer walk and singles by Johnny Giavotella and David
Alcides Escobar and Gordon brought home Hosmer and Giavotella, respectively,
with a pair of singles before Butler plated Lough and Escobar with a base hit
to left field, knocking Walters out of the game.
"I felt fine tonight. It's just I went in, walked the first batter and put
myself in trouble and it comes back to bite you," Walters said.
Anthony Swarzak entered next and retired the first two batters he faced, but
allowed a run-scoring single by Lorenzo Cain to put Kansas City on top, 6-3.
Minnesota, though, answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth
with Carroll's two-run single after Morneau walked with two outs and moved to
third on a Doumit double to make it a one-run game.
But Kansas City pulled away in the eighth inning thanks to several defensive
gaffes by the Twins.
Hosmer opened the inning with a single and moved to second when Doumit dropped
a fly ball in deep left field off the bat off Giavotella. Two batters later,
Escobar lined a base hit to left that Doumit had bounce off his glove.
Doumit recovered the ball and threw home attempting to get Hosmer as he
rounded third, but his throw sailed wide of the plate, allowing Hosmer to
score on Doumit's second error of the play and his third of the inning.
Tyler Robertson then replaced Casey Fien on the mound and induced a grounder
to second by Gordon. Alexi Casilla opted to throw home to try and get
Giavotella, but his throw was off the mark.
Kyle Waldrop entered next and surrendered a pair of RBI singles by Butler and
Perez to give the Royals a 10-5 lead.
Kelvin Herrera left a man on second in the bottom of the eighth and Francisley
Bueno worked a scoreless ninth to close out the game.
Twins catcher Joe Mauer missed his second straight game with back spasms ...
Carroll extended his hit streak to a career-high 10 games ... Hochevar
improved to 5-5 in 16 career appearances (15 starts) against Minnesota ... The
Twins lead the season series between the teams, 10-7 ... Minnesota hit 2-for-8
with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base ... The Royals
went 8-for-16 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine.
09/13 01:17:23 ET