It was a much calmer night at Kauffman Stadium, as the KC Royals beat Minnesota by a 7-1 score in the series opener.
The Twins play was sloppy, though they only were given one error. Their pitchers threw two wild pitches, which led to two runs.
The Royals received another solid start by Edinson Volquez. He allowed a run in the second, though an Eric Hosmer throwing error allowed the run to score. Overall, Volquez allowed five hits and walked one while striking out five over seven innings.
Since MLB has yet to issue suspensions, Kelvin Herrera pitched the 8th inning for the Royals. He pitched a scoreless inning, though he walked one.
The Royals broke the game open in the bottom of the eighth, capped by Paulo Orlando‘s fifth triple of the season. This triple scored two runs with two outs.
Since the Royals scored three more runs in the bottom of the eighth, there was no need for Wade Davis to close out the game. Ryan Madson instead pitched the ninth and was perfect with two ground outs and a strikeout.
Kendrys Morales had two hits and two RBIs. Salvador Perez also had two hits. Alcides Escobar returned to the lineup and went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
The Royals look to take the second game of their series with the Twins on Tuesday when they send Jason Vargas to the mound. With Omar Infante feeling better, maybe he returns to the lineup?