Twins Edge Royals 2-1 in Extras
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals’ post All-Star break woes continued on Friday night, after losing 2-1 to the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals are now 2-6 since the All-Star break. The A.L. Central’s last place Twins are now just .5 games back of a Royals team that simply can’t seem to find its groove right now.
Kansas City is currently 4-12 in the month of July, and 3-7 this year against the Twins.
The Twins (39-54, 20-24 away) went 1-8 with runners in scoring position. Outfielder Darin Mastroianni hit a solo home run in the second inning, his second HR this season.
The Royals (39-53, 16-29 home) went 0-6 with RISP. The Twins held onto a 1-0 lead throughout most of the game, until Yuniesky Betancourt’s game-tying RBI double in the seventh inning.
Royals reliever Greg Holland (3.25 ERA) was impressive in the ninth and 10th innings, holding the Twins scoreless and striking out four.
Closer Jonathan Broxton took the mound in the 11th inning with the score tied at 1-1.
An RBI single by left fielder Josh Willingham gave the Twins a 2-1 lead, and Broxton (1-2, 2.34 ERA) was dealt his second loss of the season.
The Royals have now lost 14 of their last 18 games.
Twins lefty Scott Diamond (8-3, 2.96 ERA) takes the bump against Royals right-hander Luis Mendoza (3-6, 4.32 ERA) on Saturday night for game two at the K.