Rosario, Escobar help Twins win again over Royals

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Сентября 10, 2017

Whit Merrifield and Alex Gordon each had a pair of base hits with an RBI to account for the pair of Royals' runs in the loss.

But Eric Hosmer won a duel with Santana in the fourth inning, crushing a fastball into the Twins' bullpen just out of Max Kepler's reach, and the Royals followed up with three doubles in the fifth inning that eventually knocked the Twins' most reliable pitcher out of the game after just five innings, his shortest start in a month.

Minnesota Twins' Brian Dozier steals second as Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar catches the throw during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. Mauer's run-scoring double in the eighth capped the scoring for Minnesota, giving the Twins some room to exhale.

"The guys just kept battling", Yost said.

Yost has removed RHP Kelvin Herrera, who blew a save Thursday, from the closer's role. Berrios is coming off a shaky start, allowing five runs to the Rays in five innings. We need to get him more in a pitching rhythm. It's not enough to keep him sharp. I expect him to bounce back well again tonight against this poor Kansas City batting order.

Until then, Yost said he would use a closer-by-committee approach with left-handers Scott Alexander and Mike Minor and right-hander Brandon Maurer.

Molitor said RHPs Kyle Gibson and Santana would start Tuesday and Wednesday against the Padres on their normal four days of rest, while others would be pushed back with the team off Monday.

Twins: LHP Adalberto Mejia (left arm strain) will make a rehab start Saturday for Double-A Chattanooga.

Royals: CF Lorenzo Cain (tightness in quads) was the DH.

The Twins pounded 10 hits, including six for extra bases, and Minnesota's defense made key plays at timely moments in an 8-5 victory at Kauffman Stadium.

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