Rumors have been swirling all month, but right-hander Ervin Santana is still pitching for the KC Royals and thankfully so. He won again on Tuesday night, beating the host Minnesota Twins, 7-2.
Santana allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings. The Twins scored in the first and fourth innings, with all four hits coming in those two innings. The Twins did not have a base runner against Santana in any of the other innings. He retired the final 11 batters he faced.
The Twins did not have another base runner after the 4th inning until the ninth, when reliever Luke Hochevar allowed a single and walk.
The power of Mike Moustakas FINALLY emerged, as he hit two homeruns. The first came in the 3rd inning to break the 1-1 tie. It was a three-run shot. He would hit a solo homerun in the top of the eighth.
The Royals collected 12 hits, though only three went for extra bases. The top two in the order, Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer, went a combined 5-for-9 with two runs scored. Salvador Perez and Miguel Tejada each had two hits.
The Royals look to extend their winning streak to eight games on Wednesday night in Minnesota, as Jeremy Guthrie takes the mound against Kevin Correia. Will they be missing a few players at game time? Only time will tell.