The KC Royals received enough solid pitching and enough offense to even the series with the visiting Minnesota Twins with a 7-3 win on Saturday night.
Luis Mendoza started and allowed three runs on seven hits over 6.2 innings. He allowed two runs in the top of the 4th inning to tie the game at 2-2, but the Royals offense came right back to take the lead for good.
Lorenzo Cain was the big winner on offense. He went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Alex Gordon also collected three hits. Four other Royals hitters had multi-hit games.
Manager Ned Yost didn’t need to use closer Jonathan Broxton because the Royals tacked on two runs in the bottom of the 8th inning. Aaron Crow picked up the two inning save. He pitched two perfect innings of relief, only throwing 15 pitches.
The Royals will look to take the series on Sunday against the Twins and stay out of last place in the American League Central. They will send the newest member of the team to the mound in Jeremy Guthrie.
*Hitting with runners in scoring position was still an issue despite the win. The Royals collected 16 hits, but only went 5-for-15 with runners in scoring position. They hit into three double plays.
**The Royals wore the Kansas City Monarchs 1920 replica uniforms, as they honored Buck O’Neil and the Negro Leagues. Well, both teams wore the old school uniforms and from the photos I have seen, they looked great. The Negro League Museum in Kansas City welcomed Twins legend Tony Oliva to town for a special afternoon event.