Minnesota 10, Kansas City 8

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, July 1, 2012 2:10 PM
Location - Target Field
Temperature - 91°
Umpires - Home Plate - Paul Emmel, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Gary Darling,
Attendance - 37819

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Kansas City 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 3 8 13 1
Minnesota 0 1 0 0 0 5 1 3 10 9 2

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Kansas City 35-42 14-23 21-19 L3
Minnesota 33-45 17-25 16-20 W3

Recap

Twins 10, Royals 8: Trevor Plouffe hit a pair of home runs, including the go-ahead blast in the five-run sixth inning, and Josh Willingham and Drew Butera also went deep as Minnesota set a Target Field record for home runs and rallied for its third win in two days to win the four-game series against visiting Kansas City.

The Twins had hit three homers in a game at Target Field seven times, including the second game of Saturday's doubleheader sweep.

The Royals seemingly took control with four runs in the top of the sixth — two of them coming on a play on which first baseman Justin Morneau and right fielder Darin Mastroianni both made errors.

But Minnesota came back with five in the bottom of the inning. Denard Span's sacrifice fly cut it to 5-2, Willingham followed with a three-run blast — his 17th — to tie it, and Plouffe put the Twins ahead with his team-leading 18th home run.

Butera added a three-run shot, his first, in the eighth inning.

Royals starter Bruce Chen (7-7) allowed three homers and was charged with the loss. He gave up six runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. 

Jeff Gray (4-0) allowed two hits and a walk in one scoreless inning of relief for the win.

Irving Falu had three hits and four RBIs for the Royals, and Brayan Pena added two hits and two RBIs.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Minnesota has won 20 of its past 27 home games against Kansas City … The Twins have hit three home runs in back-to-back games and eight times in Target Field history … Minnesota's Joe Mauer went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games … Twins starter Francisco Liriano allowed five runs (four earned) in 5 1/3 innings, failing to record a quality start for just the second time in seven starts since returning the rotation May 30.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Kansas City   Minnesota
Bruce Chen Player Francisco Liriano
Loss W/L No Decision
5.2 IP 5.1
5 Strikeouts 6
6 Hits 5
9.53 ERA 6.75
Hitting
Kansas City   Minnesota
Eric Hosmer Player Trevor Plouffe
3 Hits 2
0 RBI 2
0 HR 2
3 TB 8
.750 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Kansas City 13 0 16 .342 17 8 7 6 1 1
Minnesota 9 4 24 .281 4 7 10 3 2 2

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Detroit. The Twins have a W/L % of .406 after a win and .435 after a loss.
  • Kansas City will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Royals have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .415 after a loss.