Royals salvage one game in series with TwinsMinnesota Sports
-- Tony Abreu went 3-for-4 with three RBI, including a go-ahead RBI-single in the sixth, as Kansas City took a 6-4 win over Minnesota to salvage the finale of a three-game set.
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Tony Abreu went 3-for-4 with three RBI, including a go-ahead RBI single in the sixth, as Kansas City took a 6-4 win over Minnesota to salvage the finale of a three-game set.
Billy Butler, Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer each drove in a run for the Royals, who dropped both games of a doubleheader on Saturday after Friday's opener was rained out.
Luis Mendoza gave up two runs in the start, also allowing seven hits and striking out three over five innings of work. Tim Collins (5-2) pitched the sixth inning and got the win despite giving up two runs.
Alexi Casilla drove in two and Chris Parmelee hit a solo home run for the Twins, who had won three of four coming in.
Esmerling Vasquez (0-1) got the loss in his first career start as he was charged with five runs on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.
The Twins had tied the game with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, but the Royals went back up in the bottom of the inning.
With two outs, Hosmer doubled and that prompted a pitching change as Vasquez stepped aside for Tyler Robertson, who promptly gave up an RBI single to Abreu that gave the Royals a 5-4 lead.
Minnesota left a man on in the seventh before getting retired in order in the eighth.
The Royals gave themselves some room in the eighth on an RBI double from Cain and Greg Holland worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 10th save of the season.