Merrifield, Dozier lead Royals previous Twins 6-3

Whit Merrifield had two hits and scored two runs, serving to the Kansas Metropolis Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3

MINNEAPOLIS — Whit Merrifield had two hits and scored two runs, serving to the Kansas Metropolis Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 on Sunday.

Andrew Benintendi and Hunter Dozier every drove in two runs for Kansas Metropolis, which had dropped three of 4. Dozier hit a solo drive within the ninth inning for his sixth homer.

“Huge win,” supervisor Mike Matheny mentioned. “Strive to take a look at all of them as most essential one of many season. However whenever you look again after a sequence and after a highway journey realizing it is a actually good alternative, particularly speaking inside our division to return in right here and take two out of three.”

Kansas Metropolis right-hander Brad Keller improved to 3-0 in his final 4 begins. He permitted three runs and 5 hits in 5 innings.

Kyle Zimmer, Scott Barlow and Greg Holland mixed for 4 hitless innings in aid. Holland labored the ninth for his third save in 5 probabilities.

“Lights out; they’ve been that approach all yr,” Keller mentioned. “I didn’t need to five-and-die, need to get at the very least six innings each begin. However to see these guys are available right here, get in some leverage conditions, some hectic innings and get out of it, see Greg are available to shut. That was quite a lot of enjoyable.”

Minnesota went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring place and stranded 10 runners.

Matt Shoemaker (2-6) gave up 5 runs in 4 1/3 innings. Ben Rortvedt hit his first profession homer for the Twins after being recalled from Triple-A earlier within the day.

“A day like in the present day is why baseball generally actually sucks,” Shoemaker mentioned. “Go on the market, actually, I felt like in the present day was one among my greatest execution days. I executed quite a lot of actually good pitches. … I hate saying it, I’m simply sick of being unfortunate.”

The Twins loaded the bases within the first towards Keller, however managed only one run on a bases-loaded stroll to Trevor Larnach.

Rortvedt gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead with a leadoff drive within the second.

The Royals grabbed management with 4 runs within the fifth. Merrifield hit a tiebreaking RBI single, and Benintendi had a sacrifice fly.

The Twins loaded the bases with none out within the backside half, however solely managed one run on Miguel Sanó’s double-play grounder.

“We had alternatives to convey some runs house,” Minnesota supervisor Rocco Baldelli mentioned. “Clearly, the entire day, we have been in search of an enormous hit with a few guys on base. Had a number of alternatives for it and, clearly, we didn’t see that.”


Zimmer had walked two batters in his second inning of labor within the seventh, however Barlow got here in and struck out Nelson Cruz and Sanó.

“The spot the place Barlow got here in proper there to get these two strikeouts, that’s a game-changer,” Matheny mentioned.


Sanó got here to the plate with a complete of eight runners on base in three of his 4 at-bats, putting out twice and hitting into the double play.


Royals: Slugger Jorge Soler was out of the lineup a day after leaving with groin discomfort, however Matheny mentioned he was feeling a lot better Sunday.

Twins: OF Max Kepler was positioned on the injured listing as a consequence of his lingering left hamstring pressure. Kepler tweaked the damage in Saturday’s recreation, in accordance with Baldelli. Rortvedt was recalled to exchange Kepler. … Baldelli mentioned RHP Kenta Maeda’s proper adductor pressure has improved, however Maeda continues to be having biceps and arm soreness.


Royals: Return house for a two-game sequence towards Pittsburgh, with LHP Mike Minor (3-2, 4.83 ERA) beginning on Monday. RHP Chad Kuhl (0-1, 6.32 ERA) will get the ball for the Pirates.

Twins: RHP José Berríos (5-2, 3.67 ERA) will begin Monday as Minnesota begins a sequence in Baltimore. Berríos allowed three runs — one earned — in 5 2/3 innings in a win towards the Orioles in his final begin. RHP Jorge López (1-6, 5.80 ERA) is predicted to begin for Baltimore.


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