The KC Royals won their series opener in Minnesota, 3-1. The loss for the Twins may have ended any hopes of winning the second Wild Card spot with two games remaining (the LA Angels won and Houston is winning).
Royals starter Chris Young once again twirled a gem, though it wasn’t of the no-hitter variety. He threw 100 pitches for the first time since May.
Young held the Twins to one run, which came in the 2nd inning on an Aaron Hicks one out single. Kurt Suzuki would follow with a single and that would be the last hit Young would allow.
Young was pulled after walking Torii Hunter with one out in the 7th inning. Unfortunately, the Royals offense did not come alive until after Young was unable to earn a win (6.1IP, 4H, R, 2BB, 5K).
Next up was Louis Coleman, who had not pitched since September 13th. He needed just four pitches to induce an inning ending double play (1-6-3).
Coleman was credited with the victory, as the Royals broke the 1-1 tie with a two-run top of the eighth.
Former Royal Ervin Santana allowed a leadoff single to Alcides Escobar in the eighth and was pulled in favor of Twins closer Glenn Perkins. Perkins immediately allowed an RBI double to Ben Zobrist to give the Royals their first lead. Two batters later, Mike Moustakas gave the Royals some insurance with an RBI single, as Hunter committed an error in right field.
Despite allowing two singles in the bottom of the 8th inning, Ryan Madson escaped unscathed. Wade Davis needed just 11 pitches to earn his 16th save with a perfect ninth.
The Royals secured a winning record against every team in the American League Central and now have their most wins (93) since 1980. However, they are still behind Toronto for the best record in the AL (the Blue Jays won tonight in Tampa).