Royals blast Twins late
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- First baseman Billy Butler and catcher Salvador Perez each drove in two runs in a six-run eighth inning as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Wednesday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - First baseman Billy Butler and catcher Salvador Perez each drove in two runs in a six-run eighth inning as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Wednesday night.
The Royals sent 10 men to the plate in the eighth. Right fielder Nori Aoki and center fielder Jarrod Dyson each contributed an RBI. Dyson’s bunt single scored pinch runner Lorenzo Cain with the first run. Aoki’s single brought home third baseman Mike Moustakas with the go-ahead run.
Butler’s two-out single with the bases loaded scored two runs, making it 4-1, while Perez topped off the inning with a two-run triple to left-center.
Twins right-hander Phil Hughes, who won his first four August starts with a 1.32 ERA, limited the Royals to two singles the first seven innings. But he gave up five hits in the eighth as the Royals chased him. Hughes (14-9) was charged with four runs on seven hits in 7 2/3 innings.
Right fielder Oswaldo Arcia drove in the Twins’ only run, his seventh-inning double scoring designated hitter Kenny Vargas.
Wade Davis (8-2) worked a perfect eighth to pick up the victory, his second in two nights.
Right-hander Liam Hendriks, who was making his Royals debut, retired the first 14 batters and was pulled after seven innings.
Hendriks was replacing rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura, who has a sore back and skipped a start. Hendricks was 2-13 in 30 games in parts of three seasons (2011-2013) with Minnesota. Hendriks was 4-1 with a 2.83 ERA in five starts with Triple-A Omaha.
Gold Glove left fielder Alex Gordon made a spectacular catch in the third inning, crashing face-first into the Royals’ bullpen fence while holding onto catcher Kurt Suzuki’s liner.
NOTES: The Royals optioned RHP Aaron Crow to Triple-A Omaha to make roster space for RHP Liam Hendriks, who started Wednesday. Crow was 6-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 59 relief appearances. ... Twins RHP Casey Fien, who threw 34 pitches Sunday against the Tigers and was unavailable Tuesday, was good to go Wednesday. ... Royals manager Ned Yost said 2B Omar Infante should be ready to return to the lineup Friday. He is out with shoulder inflammation. ... The Royals took their team picture before the game. ... LHP Tommy Milone, who starts Thursday, is 0-1 with an 8.49 ERA in three starts for the Twins since being acquired him a July 31 trade with the Oakland Athletics