American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Minnesota|
(Sunday, April 29th)
Final Score: Minnesota 7, Kansas City 4
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Josh Willingham went 3-for-5 with a two-run
triple and two runs scored as the Minnesota Twins topped the Kansas City
Royals, 7-4, in the finale of a rain-shortened two-game series at Target
Danny Valencia ripped an RBI triple among his three hits, Ryan Doumit added a
pair of RBI and Joe Mauer contributed an RBI single for the Twins, who snapped
a six-game skid.
Jason Marquis (2-0) worked six effective innings, giving up three runs on six
hits and no walks while fanning one. Jared Burton and Glen Perkins tossed
scoreless seventh and eighth innings, respectively, and Matt Capps gave up a
run in the ninth, but survived to close it out for the Twins.
"I just tried to attack the strike zone and get early outs," Marquis said.
"They were aggressive, so if you execute your pitches, you'll get a lot of
Mike Moustakas clubbed a solo homer and added an RBI single, while Eric Hosmer
and Alcides Escobar had an RBI each for the Royals, who had their three-game
winning streak halted. Billy Butler added three hits in the loss.
Bruce Chen (0-3) was hammered for six runs on six hits and two walks while
fanning one in just 2 2/3 innings of work.
The Twins struck first in their first at-bat after Denard Span drew a leadoff
walk and Jamey Carroll followed with a single. Mauer beat out an infield
single to score Span and Willingham followed with a triple off the center
field wall to make it 3-0. After Justin Morneau struck out, Valencia singled
home Willingham for a 4-0 Minnesota lead.
Kansas City quickly got a run back in the second when Moustakas blasted a
middle-in fastball over the wall in the right-center field to make it 4-1.
The Twins extended their lead to 6-1 in the third. Willingham ripped a double
to center to start things, then, after Morneau popped out, Valencia cracked a
triple into the left-center field gap to plate Willingham and Doumit followed
with a sacrifice fly.
The Royals made it a three-run game in the fourth when Alex Gordon doubled and
Butler followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Gordon then
scored on a groundout by Hosmer, who then came around to score on a Moustakas
Minnesota added a run in the seventh after Morneau cracked a one-out double
and, after Valencia struck out, Doumit came up with a clutch RBI double to
center to extend the Twins lead to four.
The Royals cut the deficit to three in the ninth on an RBI base hit into right
field by Escobar, but they could not muster any more offense.
"We fought hard," said Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur. "But, when you get
down 6-1, it's hard to come back in this game."
Minnesota improved to 3-8 at home this season...Willingham returned to the
starting lineup after missing two games on the paternity list to attend the
birth of his son...The Twins are 4-3 when they score first and 1-3 in games
played on Sunday this season...Kansas City went 5-for-10 with runners in
scoring position and stranded six, while Minnesota was 5-for-14 with men in
scoring position while leaving nine on base.
04/29 18:23:04 ET