Twins rally from six-run deficit to sweep Royals
Gio Urshela delivered a pinch-hit, run-scoring single in the ninth inning and the visiting Minnesota Twins scored seven runs in the final two innings to complete a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a 7-6 victory on Sunday afternoon.Kansas City led 6-0 before Minnesota battled back with five runs in the eighth. The Twins tied the game on Gary Sanchez's sacrifice fly in the ninth and capped the comeback when Max Kepler scored from third on Urshela's two-out single off Josh Staumont (1-1).Reliever Tyler Duffey (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the win and Jhoan Duran retired the Royals in order in the ninth for his third save.Kyle Garlick belted a two-run home run and Luis Arraez had three hits for Minnesota, which has won four straight and six of its last seven.Before the late-inning collapse, the Royals were firmly in control behind starter Brady Singer. The right-hander pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits with three walks and three strikeouts.Carlos Santana hit a bases-clearing double during a five-run sixth inning for Kansas City, which has lost four straight. Andrew Benintendi went 3-for-4 with an RBI and reached base four times.The Royals took an early lead in the third against Bailey Ober when Benintendi's one-out single scored Nicky Lopez, who singled to begin the inning.Ober returned from the injured list and yielded one run on three hits over five innings in his first start since April 28. He walked one and struck out four.The Royals extended their lead in the sixth inning, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring five runs.
Joe Ryan, Luis Arraez lead Twins past Royals
Luis Arraez was 2-for-3 with two walks, two RBIs and three runs scored, as the visiting Minnesota Twins defeated the Kansas City Royals 9-2 Saturday night.The Royals issued three leadoff walks and all three scored.The Twins have won the first two games of the three-game series and are 21-3 when scoring first this season.Joe Ryan (5-2) allowed one run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings to claim the victory. He came into the game allowing opposing batters to hit just 3-for-24 with runners in scoring position, with no walks allowed. Ryan did give up a hit and a pair of walks in six at-bats with runners in scoring position Saturday but managed to avoid the big inning.Brad Keller (1-4) took the loss. He allowed four runs on five hits in seven innings. He issued three walks and struck out four.The Twins scored their first two runs in the third inning. Gio Urshela led off with a walk. He moved to second on a bloop hit to center by Ryan Jeffers. The runners were bunted to second and third. Byron Buxton's sacrifice fly drove in Urshela and a two-out single by Arraez scored Jeffers.The Royals answered with one in the bottom of the inning. Whit Merrifield pulled a one-out double into the left-field corner. When Andrew Benintendi followed with a single, Merrifield scored the Royals' first run -- and their first run of the season against Ryan, who had pitched six scoreless innings in his first start against the Royals April 21.
Jose Miranda snaps slump, guides Twins past Royals
Rookie Jose Miranda had two hits, including a two-run double in the eighth to provide a three-run cushion, as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Kansas City Royals 6-4 Friday night.Miranda came into the contest, which was the opener of a three-game series, in an 0-for-20 skid.The Twins are now 20-3 when scoring first this season.Devin Smeltzer (1-0) allowed one run on five hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings for the win. He didn't strike out a batter, but he got in front of most of the hitters he faced.Emilio Pagan earned his sixth save in seven chances despite allowing a run in the ninth inning. He struck out Andrew Benintendi with the tying run on base to end the game.Daniel Lynch (2-3) lasted just 3 2/3 innings, and it took him 90 pitches to get that far. He allowed four runs on five hits while striking out two and walking two.The Twins scored in the first inning before Lynch could record an out. He walked Byron Buxton on four pitches to lead off the game, and Carlos Correa and Kyle Garlick followed with singles. Garlick's hit scored Buxton.With one out, Lynch grooved an 86 mph slider that Gary Sanchez hit for double to left, scoring Correa. Gio Urshela's sacrifice fly drove home Garlick.The Royals got one back in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Bobby Witt Jr., knocking in Whit Merrifield.
Luis Robert drives in 4 to power White Sox past Royals
Luis Robert was 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs as the Chicago White Sox defeated the host Kansas City Royals 7-4 Thursday afternoon, taking the rare five-game series three games to two.Robert's homer in the eighth gave the White Sox their largest lead, capping six straight runs for the Sox. The White Sox scored five of their seven runs on hits with an 0-2 or 1-2 count.Bennett Sousa (2-0) earned the win in relief. Liam Hendriks earned his 12th save. He saved all three White Sox wins in the series.Gabe Speier (0-1) took the loss for Kansas City, allowing a run and three hits in just 1/3 of an inning.The White Sox scored at least five runs for just the ninth time in their 38 games, but they could have had more. They left eight runners on base in the first four innings, a total of 11 in the game.The Royals jumped on the board in the first. Bobby Witt Jr. beat the relay to first on a potential inning-ending double play ball, then Hunter Dozier drove him home with a two-run homer. Nicky Lopez drove in Kyle Isbel for the third run in the second.The White Sox got one back in the top of the third Robert drove in Tim Anderson with a single up the middle. But the Royals got that run back in the bottom of the third as Dozier drove in Witt again, this time with a single to left.
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