The KC Royals undefeated streak came to an end tonight, as they lost in Minnesota by a 3-1 score. The Royals and Detroit are the only one-loss teams in Major League Baseball.
The Twins jumped on Royals starter Edinson Volquez in the very first inning. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Brian Dozier drove in the game’s first run with a sac fly.
The Royals fought back to tie the game in the top of the fourth, only to see Volquez give the lead up. Alex Gordon drove in the Royals lone run with a two out single in the fourth. Oswaldo Arcia hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the inning.
Volquez allowed three runs on five hits and a walk over 7.2 innings. He struck out seven. After allowing the 4th inning home run, he retired the next ten batters in a row before a Mike Moustakas error led off the bottom of the eighth.
After not pitching in the first six games of the season, lefty Franklin Morales has now pitched in the Royals last two games. He induced a ground out of Joe Mauer to end the eighth.
The Royals did not hit a home run for the first time this season. However, they were hit by a pitch again (Kendrys Morales).
The Royals out-hit the Twins (9-5), but hit into two double plays and went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
The Royals and Twins finish the series on Thursday afternoon when Jason Vargas takes the mound.
*Earlier today, the Royals called up outfielder Terrance Gore from Double-A NW Arkansas to replace injured outfielder Alex Rios. With the way manager Ned Yost uses his bench, we may forget that Gore is even on the roster.
Remember Christian Colon and Erik Kratz? Yeah well, they still have not played in a game yet this season.