Twins come back falls short in loss to Royals 7

Twins come back falls short in loss to Royals 7

Twins come back falls short in loss to Royals 7

From top to bottom of the order and oldest to youngest in the lineup, the Minnesota Twins have sure been hitting like a team on track for the playoffs.

Joe Mauer went 4 for 4 with two RBIs and Eduardo Escobar hit two home runs while driving in six runs, as the Minnesota Twins erupted for a 17-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.

Gibson (9-10) gave up five hits with five strikeouts in six scoreless innings, slashing his season earned-run average to 5.33.

"One hit leads to another, and then that's when the big innings start".

Twins come back falls short in loss to Royals 7-6

Minus-75 in run differential at the start of play on August 4, the Twins are 20-9 since Bartolo Colon's complete-game victory that night.

"That's when I started thinking, 'All right we better keep an eye on this, '" said manger Ned Yost.

The Twins jumped on Royals starter Onelki Garcia (0-1) in the first inning.

Niko Goodrum also made his major league debut, becoming the 13th Twin to do so this year.

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Jorge Polanco managed an RBI double and RBI single in his five at bats, while Mitch Garver nabbed his first career RBI off a single in the first inning.

When Minnesota's front office chose to trade two pitchers at the trade deadline, the Twins appeared out of the race for the playoffs and regressing to an overall record more fitting their minus-75 run differential. "But his response the last couple games has been a huge lift for us. They just jumped on us early today, and there's really no turning back after that first inning".

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"I guess that's a nice little thing for me personally", Mauer said, "but we're doing a lot of other good things that we should be talking about". Over the last 22 games, Mauer is hitting.438 (39-for-89).

"Joe's been playing fantastic baseball", Molitor said. Moustakas is one of four players trailing New York's Aaron Judge by one for the AL lead. Minnesota entered the night leading Los Angeles, which played at Texas, by 1½ games for the second spot. Kansas City RHP Kelvin Herrera had an MRI exam that showed a mild strain in his lower right forearm, according to MLB.com. Minnesota C Jason Castro is showing improvement from his concussion and could be ready to return next week. He could be back in the lineup next week.

In just the first two innings, the Twins scored 10 runs, starting with an RBI double from Mauer in his first at bat.

The series with the Twins wraps up tomorrow.

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