Royals outlast Twins in 11 innings
o KANSAS CITY, Mo.--Raul Mondesi scored on Billy Burns' sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Tuesday night.
• KANSAS CITY, Mo.-Raul Mondesi scored on Billy Burns' sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Tuesday night.
• Mondesi opened the inning by drawing a walk from Tommy Milone, the ninth Twins pitcher. He stole second and Jarrod Dyson advanced him to third on a bunt.
• After Whit Merrifield and Eric Hosmer were walked intentionally, Burns delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly to center.
• The defending World Series champion Royals are five games back in the American League wild-card standings with five games left.
• Brooks Pounders (2-1) picked up the victory.
• The Twins threatened in the sixth, which included Logan Schafer's leadoff single, Juan Centro's bunt single and rookie pitcher Scott Alexander's throwing error. With runners on second and third and one out, Peter Moylan replaced Alexander. He struck out Byron Buxton and retired James Beresford on a ground ball to third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert to strand the runners.
• Kelvin Herrera walked Eduardo Escobar and Juan Centeno with two out in the eighth, but struck out Buxton to end the inning.
• Cuthbert led off the Royals' eight with a single and Terrance Gore ran for him. Gore stole second and third sandwiched around a strikeout. On a suicide squeeze, Merrifield's bunt was caught by first baseman Beresford, who easily doubled Gore off third base.
• Escobar, who had not homered in 111 at-bats since Aug. 2 at Cleveland, won a marathon battle royal with right-hander Ian Kennedy in the fourth inning to belt his sixth home run, giving the Twins a 2-0 lead. Escobar fouled off four pitches with two strikes before depositing the 10th Kennedy pitch over the right-field fence. Kennedy has yielded 32 home runs this season, but none in his previous three starts.
• Escobar singled in the second and scored on Centeno's one-out double to center.
• The Royals got to Twins rookie right-hander Jose Berrios for two runs in the fourth to tie the score at 2. Berrios walked Dyson to lead off the inning. Dyson moved to third on Merrifield's double to center. Eric Hosmer's two-strike soft single to center scored Dyson and advanced Merrifield to third. Kendrys Morales grounder to Beresford started a 3-6-3 double play with Merrifield scoring.
• After retiring the first two batters in the fifth, Kennedy walked Brian Dozier and Robbie Grossman. Max Kepler dumped a single into shallow center to score Dozier, putting the Twinson top 3-2.
• Berrios failed to make it through the fifth and the Royals tied it. With two outs, Dyson punched a 2-2 pitch off rookie left-hander Buddy Boshers into shallow center, scoring Paulo Orlando, who reached when hit by a Berrios pitch.
• Berrios was charged with three runs on four hits, a walk and a hit batter in 4 2/3 innings.
• Kennedy, who threw 106 pitches in the first five innings, was replaced by Alexander to start the sixth. Kennedy allowed three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five.
• NOTES: Royals RHP Dillon Gee has a blood clot in his lung and shoulder, which were discovered Sunday after he earned a victory with 2 2/3 innings of relief at Detroit. Gee had shortness of breath after the game and was hospitalized. Gee, 30, returned Tuesday to Kansas City and will be evaluated further. His 2012 season with the New York Mets ended in July after a blood clot in his shoulder required surgery. ... Mets LF Logan Schafer batted fifth for the first time this season. He had hit seventh, eighth and ninth in 12 of his previous 15 starts this season. ... Royals 3B Cheslor Cuthbert hit .368 on the just concluded road trip. ... The Twins entered the game hitting .228 in September. ... Twins RHP Ervin Santana and Royals LHP Jason Vargas are the Wednesday probables.