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[May 25, 2016]
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Kansas City
Royals are striking early and often against the Minnesota Twins.
The Royals scored runs in three of the first four innings Tuesday
en route to a 7-4 win at Target Field.
The previous night, Kansas City put up runs in each of the opening
four innings en route to a 10-4 victory.
In the second game of the three-game set, Lorenzo Cain tied a career
high with four hits and knocked in two, and Salvador Perez hit a
two-run homer as the Royals beat the Twins for the fifth time in
five meetings this season and the ninth consecutive time dating back
to last season.
Perez, Whit Merrifield and Paulo Orlando had two hits apiece as the
Royals pounded out 13 hits, including five for extra bases.
"We try to keep the line moving. That's been a motto the last couple
of years," Cain said. "Definitely trying to stick to that as much as
possible. When we do that, we start to win ballgames more
Edinson Volquez (5-4) was solid over 6 2/3 innings, allowing four
runs -- two earned -- on six hits and three walks while striking out
"I got in trouble in the fifth, but I was able to command my pitches
after that," Volquez said. "It was good for me."
The Twins loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth against Wade
Davis, but the Royals closer struck out Eduardo Nunez and Joe Mauer
before Miguel Sano lined out to center field. The save was Davis'
12th of the season.
"When he gets his back up against the wall, it's kind of like,
'That's it,'" Royals manager Ned Yost said. "I figured he'd find a
way out of it. We had a three-run lead. He just finds a way to up
his game in those situations."
Eduardo Escobar had three hits, and Oswaldo Arcia had two hits and
two runs for Minnesota.
Minnesota starter Ervin Santana (1-3) gave up six runs on nine hits
in 3 2/3 innings. The Twins remain the only team in the major
leagues without a starter with at least two victories.
"You're facing certainly one of the best closers, and we made him
work at the end of the game," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "But
that was just a small part of the game. We talked about getting a
good start, but that didn't happen, again, just forced into trying
to piece a game together the best we can."
After Kendrys Morales led off the second inning with a walk, Perez
got the Royals on the board, hammering a Santana fastball over the
left field fence for his seventh homer and a quick 2-0 lead.
The Twins got one run back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI
single by Eduardo Escobar, but the Royals got a leadoff double by
Merrifield and a single by Cain to start the third. Merrifield
scored on a double-play grounder by Eric Hosmer.
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Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain (6) celebrates the 7-4 win over
the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Bruce
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Orlando got aboard with a one-out double in the fourth and scored
two batters later on a wild pitch. Alcides Escobar and Cain added
RBI singles later in the inning for a 6-1 lead, ending Santana's
Santana walked two while striking out four.
"Location was not good," Santana said. "Everything was a little bit
up in the zone. The two-seamer to Perez was right down the middle.
It was not good."
Minnesota got back within three in the bottom of the fourth, scoring
a pair of unearned runs off Volquez. Robbie Grossman started the
rally with a two-out walk before Volquez hit Arcia with a pitch.
Eduardo Escobar followed with a sharp single to right that was
misplayed by Orlando, allowing both Grossman and Arcia to score.
Three consecutive Twins reached against Volquez to start the fifth
inning. Mauer plated a run with an RBI single to left to make it
6-4, but Volquez worked out of the jam by getting a groundout, a
strikeout and a flyout.
"He righted the ship and got us through the sixth," Yost said. "I
thought he did a great job."
NOTES: Royals RHP Chris Young threw a 35-pitch bullpen session
Tuesday and will pitch a simulated game later this week. Young has
been on the 15-day disabled list since May 12 with a right forearm
strain. ... Royals 3B Mike Moustakas was not in the lineup and
remains day-to-day with a knee contusion. ... Twins 2B Brian Dozier
was not in the starting lineup for a second consecutive day. He is
hitting .199 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 39 games this season.
... Kansas City and Minnesota will conclude their three-game series
on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field. The Royals will send RHP
Dillon Gee (1-0, 2.90 ERA) to the mound against Twins RHP Tyler
Duffey (1-3, 3.30).
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