Twins Hold Off Royals 10-8, Win Series
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins set a new team record for home runs at Target Field on Sunday afternoon, en route to a 10-8 win over the Kansas City Royals.
The Twins entered this weekend’s series with a Major League-worst 59 HR’s. They smashed a total of eight this weekend against the Royals.
The game was tied at 1-1 heading into the sixth inning, and Kansas City appeared to be rolling after they took a 5-1 lead on a two-run RBI double by second baseman Irving Falu.
The Twins (33-45, 17-25 home) answered with a five-run rally to take a 6-5 lead.
Left fielder Josh Willingham’s three-run jack tied the game at 5-5, and third baseman Trevor Plouffe hit his 2nd HR of the game to give the Twins a 6-5 lead. It was Plouffe’s 4th HR of the series.
Minnesota set a new franchise record for HR’s at Target Field with 4 jacks.
Starter Bruce Chen got through 5 innings with little trouble, but got lit up in the sixth. In 5 2/3 innings, Chen (7-7, 4.83 ERA) gave up six runs on six hits, striking out five and walking one. He also gave up 3 HR’s.
Twins catcher Drew Butera smashed his first HR of the season, a three-run bomb off reliever Aaron Crow (3.34 ERA) that gave Minnesota a 10-5 lead in the eighth.
The Royals (35-42, 21-19 away) made it interesting in the ninth. With two outs, they scored three runs to put the potential game-tying run at the plate.
Falu knocked in his 4th RBI of the game to cut the deficit to 10-8, but left fielder Alex Gordon grounded into a fielder’s choice at shortstop to end the game.
The Royals continue their road trip with a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Monday night.