Twins rally past Royals in 10th
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Second baseman Brian Dozier and left fielder Jordan Schafer each drove in two runs in a six-run 10th inning as the Minnesota Twins toppled the Kansas City Royals 11-5 on Thursday night.
Left-hander Bruce Chen (2-4) took the loss as the Twins sent 10 men to the plate in the 10th. Right-hander Anthony Swarzak (3-1), the sixth of seven Minnesota pitchers, picked up the victory.
Schafer drove in four runs, matching his career best, and extended his hitting streak to eight games, also matching his career best, with three hits. Dozier and catcher Kurt Suzuki, who had two doubles, also had three hits.
Left-hander Tommy Milone, who is winless in four Minnesota starts since being acquired in a July 31 trade with Oakland, left after 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and two walks. He left with a 5-4 lead, but the bullpen failed to hold it.
Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie threw 103 pitches in six innings and had a similar line, surrendering five runs on nine hits and two walks.
Schafer doubled home first baseman Chris Parmalee in the sixth to put the Twins ahead 5-4.
Left fielder Alex Gordon, who hit a walk-off two-run homer Monday, homered in the seventh to tie it.
The Twins, who scored only two runs in losing the first two games of the series, plated two runs in the first inning. Dozier singled and scored on designated hitter Kenny Vargas’ groundout. Suzuki, who had doubled, came home on right fielder Oswaldo Arcia’s two-out single.
Milone could not keep the advantage in the bottom of the first, however, as he gave up run-producing singles to Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez.
The Twins regained the lead with a two-run fourth inning, with Schaffer and Dozier stroking two-out RBI singles off Guthrie.
The Royals cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the inning with rookie second baseman Christian Colon singling home center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who stole second.
The Royals tied it the fifth when shortstop Alcides Escobar tripled to right center and scored on first baseman Billy Butler’s ground-ball single to center.
NOTES: The Royals picked up INF Jayson Nix from the Pittsburgh Pirates off waivers. The Royals are his fourth organization this season. Kansas City also optioned RHP Liam Hendriks, who allowed one run and four hits in seven innings in a spot start Wednesday against the Twins, to Double-A Northwest Arkansas and activated LHP Scott Downs from the disabled list. ... 1B Joe Mauer, who was in a 1-for-15 skid, was held out of the Twins’ lineup for the first time since returning from an oblique injury Aug. 11. “I said, ‘You’re out today,’” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He didn’t fight me. He’s played a lot of baseball, and this thing (oblique) is not going to leave him until he stops swinging the bat this winter.” ... The Twins continue their trip Friday with the first of four games with AL East front-runner Baltimore. Rookie RHP Trevor May starts the opener against Orioles RHP Miguel Gonzalez. ... Kansas City LHP Jason Vargas pitches against Cleveland RHP Danny Salazar on Friday in the series opener at Kauffman Stadium.