American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Minnesota|
(Tuesday, September 11th)
Final Score: Kansas City 9, Minnesota 1
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Will Smith spun seven scoreless innings on
Tuesday as the Kansas City Royals thumped the Minnesota Twins, 9-1, in the
opener of a three-game series at Target Field.
Smith (5-7) threw 68 of his 107 pitches for strikes and scattered seven hits
while fanning seven and walking three to put an end to a three-start losing
Lorenzo Cain crushed a two-run triple among his three hits and Alcides Escobar
also knocked in a pair of runs with a three-bagger for the Royals, who have
won three of their last four. Eric Hosmer clubbed a solo shot in the victory.
"(Scott) Diamond has always been tough on us, but to score nine runs, it was
nice," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "The four runs in the eighth were huge,
that kind of put the game away for us."
Ryan Doumit knocked in the lone run of the night for the Twins and
Diamond (11-7) was knocked around for four runs on 10 hits and three walks
over six innings to lose for the second time in his past three starts.
Kansas City opened the scoring with three runs in the second inning. Salvador
Perez began the inning with a single to left and moved to second on a wild
pitch before scoring on a base hit by Jeff Francoeur. Hosmer followed with a
single and both runners scored on a triple by Cain.
Alex Gordon tripled off the center field wall leading off the Kansas City
third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Perez, extending the lead to 4-0.
The Twins put two runners on base with no outs in the fourth, but Doumit
grounded into a 6-4-3 double play and Trevor Plouffe struck out, keeping the
deficit at four.
Back-to-back walks in the fifth again gave the Twins a scoring threat, but
they were unable to capitalize as Pedro Florimon fanned, Mastroianni was
caught stealing and Ben Revere grounded out to end the inning.
Kansas City turned it into a rout with four runs in the eighth. Hosmer began
the frame with a double and scored on a base hit by Johnny Giavotella. Cain
was plunked and Escobar tripled off the base of the wall in left field,
scoring both runners. Escobar then hurried home on a wild pitch to make it an
Minnesota finally got on the board in the home eighth courtesy of an RBI
single off the bat of Doumit, but the Royals capped the rout in the ninth when
Hosmer smoked one over the wall in left for his 14th homer of the season.
"They knocked the fire out of the ball, they swung the bats very well," Twins
manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They did a lot of things well and we didn't play
very well at all."
Minnesota fell to 10-6 against Kansas City this season and 28-42 at home ...
Kansas City finished 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men
on base ... The Twins are 20-61 when the opposition scores first ...Minnesota
went 1-for-9 with men in scoring position and stranded 10.
09/12 00:02:08 ET