MLB: Twins blow lead late, fall to division-rival Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Salvador Perez, Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas stroked RBI doubles in the sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 3-2 Wednesday night.
Perez, Gordon and Moustakas, who snapped an 0-for-14 skid, doubled in a nine-pitch, four-batter span off Twins starter Phil Hughes to give the Royals a 3-1 lead. Perez’s double scored second baseman Omar Infante, who had three hits and walked. Gordon, the left fielder, contributed three hits, including two doubles.
Hughes (10-8) lost his third consecutive start. He limited the Royals to three singles through five scoreless innings before giving up three runs and four hits in the sixth, his final inning.Right-hander Jason Frasor (2-1) struck out first baseman Chris Colabello looking with the bases loaded to end the sixth, and he picked up the victory. Frasor replaced left-hander Danny Duffy, who gave up four hits and one run but walked a season-high six in 5 2/3 innings.The Twins cut their deficit to 3-2 in the seventh. Center fielder Danny Santana, who struck out four times in the game, singled home right fielder Chris Parmelee, who started the inning with a double.Kelvin Herrera, the fourth of six Kansas City pitchers, struck out second baseman Brian Dozier on a 100 mph fastball and designated hitter Josh Willingham on a 101 mph fastball to end the seventh with runners on second and third.After Wade Davis pitched a spotless eighth, striking out two, Greg Holland worked the ninth to log his 28th save in 30 opportunities. Holland flirted with danger, walking the No. 9 hitter, shortstop Eduardo Nunez, and uncorking two wild pitches. He struck out Santana and left fielder Sam Fuld, stranding Nunez at third.Willingham, who is in the final season of a three-year, $21 million contract and on the trading block, homered to left field on a 0-1 pitch to lead off the second inning. Willingham was 0-for-11 against Duffy before hitting his 11th home run of the season.Willingham missed 41 games with a fractured left wrist after being hit by a pitch on April 6.NOTES: OF Oswaldo Arcia rejoined the Twins after missing the Tuesday game when his wife gave birth to a son. ... Twins RHP Kevin Correia, who starts Thursday, is 0-5 with a 4.91 ERA in nine career starts against the Royals.