Royals win back and forth affair over Twins

The KC Royals and Minnesota Twins went back and forth, but the Royals came out victorious with a 6-5 comeback victory. They look to sweep the series on Wednesday.

Both teams collected ten hits, but the Royals were more productive with their hits.

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas on St. Patty's Day 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas on St. Patty’s Day 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Alex Gordon hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the 2nd inning to give the Royals their first lead. Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer in the fifth, which gave the Royals a 3-1 lead.

Royals starter Jason Vargas allowed three straight singles in the fourth to give the Twins their first run. He then got into trouble in the sixth.

Back-to-back one out doubles put runners on second and third base, but Vargas got a force out at the plate and looked like he might escape the jam. However, Trevor Plouffe singled in a run and Oswaldo Arcia followed with an RBI single to tie the game and chased Vargas from the game.

Jason Frasor was next and it was not Frasor’s night. He allowed back-to-back RBI singles to give the Twins the lead.

The Royals came right back.

With two outs in the sixth, Paulo Orlando walked to chase Twins starter Tommy Milone from the game. Christian Colon drove in Orlando with a double to cut the deficit to one run (he then stole third base, but was left stranded).

In the bottom of the eighth, Salvador Perez and Orlando led off the inning with singles (Orlando then stole second base). CC grounded out to score pinch runner Jarrod Dyson to tie the game at 5-5.

Alcides Escobar then popped up in foul territory for the second out. In came Twins closer Glenn Perkins, who immediately allowed an RBI single to Moose to give the Royals the lead.

Wade Davis earned his third save, working a perfect ninth.

 

*Chris Young worked two perfect innings of relief to earn his first win of the season. He struck out one.

**Erik Kratz entered to catch the ninth and Davis, with Perez being pinch run for in the bottom of the eighth.

***For the second straight game, there were zero hit batters.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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