Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – Torii Hunter had three hits and Joe
Mauer drove in three runs to lead the Minnesota Twins over the Kansas City
Royals, 8-5, in the rubber match of a three-game set at Target Field on
Kennys Vargas and Kurt Suzuki added two hits, including a two-run homer, each
for the Twins, who exploded for a season high in runs. Danny Santana and Shane
Robinson also had two hits apiece for Minnesota, which has won two straight to
improve to 3-6 this season.
Tommy Milone (2-0) started for the Twins and got the win, tossing just 5 1/3
innings. The left-hander was charged with three runs on seven hits, striking
out three and walking three.
“Tommy was a little bit off…but he got himself into the sixth, so it was a
good effort,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said of his starter.
Lorenzo Cain continued his torrid start to the season for the Royals, who
after winning seven straight to start the season have now lost consecutive
games. Cain ended a triple shy of the cycle (3-for-4) with three RBI and three
runs scored. He has had at least one hit in all nine games this year and is
hitting .429 with two homers and 11 RBI.
Cain started the scoring with his first-inning, two-run homer, but the Twins
quickly tied the game in the second when Kennys Vargas connected on a two-run
shot of his own off Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Kansas City went ahead again in the third when Salvador Perez doubled home
Cain, but that was the last lead for the Royals.
Minnesota went ahead for good in the home half of the inning. First, Mauer’s
ground out plated Santana with the tying run. Then, Hunter scored when Trevor
Plouffe reached on a throwing error by Mike Moustakas.
The Twins added another run in the fourth on Mauer’s RBI single and Suzuki’s
two-run homer off reliever Chris Young in the eighth made it a 7-3 contest.
Mauer later added an RBI sac fly to round out the Twins’ scoring.
The Royals got a pair of runs back in the ninth when Cain doubled home a run
and scored Eric Hosmer’s base hit. However, Glen Perkins came on for Brian
Duensing to close the door without any more damage to pick up his second save.
Jason Vargas (1-1) couldn’t make it through the fourth inning in suffering his
first loss of the season. Vargas was charged with five runs — four earned —
on 10 hits, striking out one and walking one, in three-plus innings.
“I felt like I was executing pitches,” the starter said. “They were just able
to bleed us out.”
The runs allowed by Young, who allowed just one hit over three innings of
relief prior to the eighth, were the first runs charged to the Kansas City
bullpen this season.
KC’s Paulo Orlando flew out in his first at-bat, ending a all-time major
league streak of triples in consecutive at-bats to start a career at three …
The Royals have homered in eight of their nine games this season … Minnesota
continues its six-game homestand with three games against Cleveland starting
Friday … Kansas City returns home to begin a six-game homestand with three
games against Oakland starting Friday.