Twins fall to Royals
MINNEAPOLIS --Alcides Escobar doubled twice and knocked in four runs as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Monday night at Target Field.
MINNEAPOLIS -Alcides Escobar doubled twice and knocked in four runs as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Monday night at Target Field.
Escobar opened the scoring with his first double in the second inning, ripping a blast off the wall in right field, scoring two.
With the Royals ahead 4-1 in the eighth, Escobar was at it again, this time rocketing a ball into the left-center-field gap, scoring two more.
Catcher Salvador Perez hit a solo home run in the sixth inning - his team-leading 10th of the season. Mike Moustakas and Perez had two hits apiece, and Omar Infante drove in a run for the Royals.
Minnesota scored its only run in the fifth inning on a single by Eduardo Nunez.
The Twins put two runners on in each inning from the sixth frame on, but they could not get any home. They left 11 runners on base and went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
Royals left-hander Danny Duffy (5-7) allowed one run and four hits over 5⅔ innings, walking two and striking out three. He lowered his ERA to 2.60.
Four Kansas City relievers combined to throw 3 1/3 scoreless innings.
hander Yohan Pino (0-2) gave up four runs and seven hits in 5⅔ innings. He fanned three and walked one.
Kansas City took the lead in the second inning, taking advantage of a single and a walk in front of Escobar’s double.
Two innings later, the Royals made it 3-0. After left fielder Alex Gordon doubled to lead off the inning, Infante singled to left two batters later to score Gordon from third.
-- The Twins activated INFs Trevor Plouffe and Eduardo Nunez from the 15-day disabled list. Plouffe missed 14 games with soreness in his ribs, and Nunez was also out 14 games with a strained hamstring.
-- To make room on the 25-man roster, Minnesota sent INF Pedro Florimon back to Class AAA Rochester and INF Jorge Polanco to Class A Fort Myers.