American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Minnesota
(Wednesday, July 31st)
Final Score: Kansas City 4, Minnesota 3
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - A fielding error by Pedro Florimon allowed
Alex Gordon to score the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh and the Kansas
City Royals won a season-high eighth straight game with a 4-3 victory over the
Minnesota Twins in the middle test of a three-game set.
Tied at 2-2 and with Caleb Thielbar (1-1) pitching for the Twins, Gordon
ripped a two-out triple to right-center. Hosmer then hit a grounder towards
Florimon, who was unable to pick up the ball, allowing Gordon to reach home.
Casey Fien came in relief, and Hosmer stole second and scored on Billy
Butler's base hit to center.
Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie (11-7) gave up two runs on six hits and a pair
of walks over six innings to pick up his third consecutive win. Greg Holland
pitched a scoreless ninth to notch his 28th save.
Florimon had a home run while Chris Herrmann and Trevor Plouffe drove in a run
apiece for the Twins, who have lost three straight. Starter Kevin Correia
allowed 10 hits but just two runs in six frames.
"He did a decent job for us," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Correia.
"He ran out of gas basically and I can see why. There were a lot of men out
there on base and he was out of the stretch an awful lot."
In the second, David Lough smacked a one-out double to right center and scored
on Miguel Tejada's single to right.
An inning later, Gordon hit a leadoff single and Hosmer doubled to left.
Butler brought Gordon home with a sacrifice fly to right.
However, the Twins clawed their way back. Florimon clubbed a 1-0 changeup for
a home run to right center with one out in the fifth.
Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Ryan Doumit hit consecutive singles to start the
sixth. Plouffe grounded into a fielder's choice to third and Mauer was thrown
out at the plate. With the bases still loaded though, Herrmann drew a walk,
tying the game at 2-2.
Before they could score more, however, Aaron Hicks popped out and Florimon
struck out, ending the inning.
After the Royals took the lead in the seventh, Kelvin Herrera gave up back-to-
back doubles to Doumit and Plouffe, the latter driving in a run, to begin the
Herrera struck out Herrmann but allowed an infield single to Hicks before
being replaced by Aaron Crow, who struck out pinch-hitter Chris Colabello and
Clete Thomas to stop the rally.
"We're really clicking right now," Crow said. "I think the biggest thing is to
not get ahead of ourselves and just take it day by day."
In the ninth, Holland allowed a one-out infield single to Mauer, who reached
second on a throwing error by Alcides Escobar. However, Holland struck out
Morneau and Doumit to end the game.
Lough went 3-for-4. He is 13-for-39 (.333) in his last 10 games ... Mike
Moustakas went 2-for-4 and is batting .324 since the All-Star Break ... The
Royals hit 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position while the Twins were 3-
for-17 with RISP and left 11 men on base ... Kansas City's James Shields will
face Minnesota's Scott Diamond in Thursday's series finale.
08/01 02:02:48 ET
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