MLB: Twins lacking big hits
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rookie Yordano Ventura pitched seven strong innings, and Alcides Escobar laced a two-run triple in a four-run seventh as the Kansas City Royals downed the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Thursday night.
Ventura (8-8) was pulled after 103 pitches. He gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out seven.
The triple by Escobar, Kansas City's shortstop, scored right fielder Lorenzo Cain and third baseman Mike Moustakas. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson singled home Escobar, then stole second and third and scored on a throwing error.
Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth to collect his 29th save.
Left-handed reliever Caleb Thielbar (2-1) gave up two runs in one-third of an inning and took the loss.
Kurt Suzuki delivered a pinch double in the eighth for the final Minnesota run. It was the first extra-base hit Royals right-handed reliever Wade Davis allowed this year.
Center fielder Danny Santana began the game with a home run just over the right field fence on a 1-2 pitch from Ventura. It was Santana's third leadoff homer and the fifth by the Twins this season.
Minnesota made it 2-0 in the third after Moustakas committed two throwing errors, allowing second baseman Eduardo Escobar, who led off the inning with a single, to score.
The Twins loaded the bases with one out in the fourth on left fielder Chris Parmelee's walk and singles by catcher Eric Fryer and Escobar Escobar, but came away with zilch. Santana fouled out and Ventura struck out shortstop Eduardo Nunez to strand the runners.
The Royals tied it in the fifth. Designated hitter Raul Ibanez and Moustakas hit back-to-back doubles for the first run. Moustakas scored with two out when Eduardo Escobar failed to come up with Dyson's grounder.
Twins starter Kevin Correia limited Kansas City to two runs (one earned) on five hits in six innings.
NOTES: The Twins extended the contract of All-Star C Kurt Suzuki for two years and $12 million. There is a vested option for 2017 if Suzuki reaches 485 plate appearances in 2016. ... The Twins received LHP Tommy Milone from Oakland for OF Sam Fuld. Milone was 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 16 starts for the Athletics before spending most of July in the minors. He was optioned to Triple-A Rochester, but he likely will be inserted into the Minnesota rotation soon. ... Kansas City LHP Jason Vargas, who went on the disabled list July 9 while recovering from an appendectomy, will be activated to make a Saturday start at Oakland. ... The Twins recalled 1B Kennys Vargas from Double-A New Britain, where he was hitting .281 with 17 home runs, 17 doubles and 63 RBIs in 97 games. ... The Royals did not make a move before the trade deadline.