Big second inning leads Royals past Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- A seven-run second inning powered the Kansas City Royals to a 12-6 win over the Minnesota Twins in a rain-delayed affair Sunday at Target Field.
After a 30-minute delay to start the game, much of the contest was played in a light rain. The Royals clobbered Twins left-hander Tommy Milone in the second, stringing together five hits, two walks and a hit batter to pile up all the offense they would need.
First baseman Billy Butler started the inning with a single and drove in a run with another single later in the inning. In between, shortstop Alcides Escobar and right fielder Nori Aoki each had two-run singles, and second baseman Omar Infante's sharp liner bounced off the mound and under the glove of Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, allowing two more runs to score.
Milone, making his first home start as a Twin, took the loss, allowing all seven runs (six earned) on four hits and two walks over 1 1/3 innings, seeing his season ERA jump from 3.52 to 3.99 in the process.
After a 54-minute weather delay in the fourth inning, Royals left fielder Alex Gordon added a two-run homer in the fifth inning to give Kansas City a 9-2 lead.
Designated hitter Kennys Vargas had an RBI single in the first to give the Twins an early 1-0 lead. First baseman Joe Mauer added a solo homer over the wall in left in the third inning and Vargas had a two-run blast in the fifth. Right fielder Oswaldo Arcia also had a two-run homer for Minnesota.
Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie earned the win for Kansas City, weathering the lengthy rain delay and tossing seven innings, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven, to record his ninth win.
Catcher Salvador Perez had a solo homer for the Royals and designated hitter Josh Willingham, a former Twin, added an RBI double and a late solo home run, his first in a Kansas City uniform.