Minnesota 2, Kansas City 1

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, July 20, 2012 8:10 PM
Location - Kauffman Stadium
Temperature - 93°
Umpires - Home Plate - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Marty Foster,
Attendance - 25719

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 39-54 19-30 20-24 W1
Kansas City 39-53 16-29 23-24 L2


Twins 2, Royals 1 (11): Josh Willingham delivered an RBI single in the 11th inning to lift visiting Minnesota to victory in the opener of a three-game series.

After stranding Darin Mastroianni at third base following a leadoff triple in the 10th, the Twins pounced on Jonathan Broxton (1-2) an inning later. Mauer opened the 11th with a double and raced home on Willingham's single without a throw from right fielder Jeff Francoeur.

Kansas City had a golden opportunity to tie it in the bottom half as Alcides Escobar led off with a double and went to third on a flyout. But Twins second baseman Alexi Casilla fielded Mike Moustakas' grounder and threw out Escobar at the plate, and Glen Perkins induced a groundout by Jarrod Dyson to nail down his fifth save.

Casey Fien (1-0) tossed two perfect innings en route to his first career win for the Twins, who had lost nine of 12 overall and four of five on the road.

Minnesota got on the board with two outs in the second inning as Mastroianni launched a belt-high fastball from Luke Hochevar over the left-field wall for his second career home run.

The Royals tied the contest in the seventh, when Eric Hosmer led off with a single and scored on a two-out double by Yuniesky Betancourt that got past left fielder Willingham.

Both starters were impressive as Hochevar allowed one run and five hits while striking out six in seven innings, while Minnesota's Nick Blackburn yielded a run and seven hits over 6 2/3 frames.

Escobar collected three hits for the Royals, who fell to 2-6 on their 10-game homestand and a major league-worst 16-29 in their own ballpark.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Minnesota 3B Trevor Plouffe left the game after eight innings with a bruised right thumb. ...Blackburn made his first start for the Twins since July 3. He had spent the last two weeks with Triple-A Rochester. ... Kansas City acquired RHP Jeremy Guthrie from Colorado for LHP Jonathan Sanchez. Guthrie, who went 3-9 with a 6.35 ERA in 19 games - 15 starts - with the Rockies, is expected to start Sunday's series finale. Sanchez was designated for assignment on Tuesday, one day after allowing seven runs in only 1 1/3 innings against Seattle.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Minnesota   Kansas City
Nick Blackburn Player Luke Hochevar
No Decision W/L No Decision
6.2 IP 7.0
2 Strikeouts 6
7 Hits 5
1.35 ERA 1.29
Minnesota   Kansas City
Joe Mauer Player Alcides Escobar
3 Hits 3
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
4 TB 5
.750 Avg .600

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Minnesota 9 1 16 .220 11 12 2 1 1 0
Kansas City 9 0 12 .220 14 5 1 0 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Kansas City will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Royals have a W/L % of .450 after a win and .404 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Kansas City. The Twins have a W/L % of .421 after a win and .418 after a loss.
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