Bruce Chen fell apart in the 6th inning and the KC Royals comeback fell short, as they lost to the Minnesota Twins, 10-8. That meant the Royals also lost the series.
With the game tied at 1-1, the Royals took a 5-1 lead in the top of the 6th inning against Twins starter Francisco Liriano. The first two runs scored on two Twins errors. Irving Falu drove in the final two runs with a double.
Heading to the mound with all that run support, Bruce Chen fell apart. After a triple by Brian Dozier, Denard Span drove him in with a bunt. After a walk and a single, Josh Willingham hit a three-run homerun. Chen then struck out Justin Morneau before giving up another homerun to Trevor Plouffe. That ended Chen’s day, as he was now losing 6-5.
The Royals had their chance in the 9th inning, but the rally fell short. Down 10-5 with two outs, the comeback began. Eric Hosmer singled, moved to second base, and scored on Brayan Pena’s single. Pinch-hitter Salvador Perez followed with a double and Falu drove them both in with a single.
That brought up Alex Gordon as the tying run, but he grounded out to end the game.
That rally would have been a game winner, if not for Aaron Crow allowing a three-run homerun to Drew Butera in the 8th inning with two outs. It was Butera’s first of the season.
Hosmer raised his average up over .230 with three hits. Falu continues to hit when he plays, as he had two hits (and four RBIs). Pena also had two hits and two RBIs.
Now the Royals head to Toronto with lefty Everett Teaford getting the start on Monday against fellow lefty Ricky Romero.
*I thought you couldn’t hit the ball out of Target Field? Wasn’t that what the Twins players were complaining about after it opened? The ball sure carried this weekend and Plouffe was taking full advantage (he hit three).
The Twins hit eight. Maybe it was the heat or the poor pitching.
** The Royals had back-to-back winning months for the first time since 2007.