Royals Beat Twins 6-4, Avoid Sweep
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After dropping a doubleheader on Saturday, the Kansas City Royals bounced back to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4 at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday.
The last-place Twins (55-79, 30-39 away) seem to have the Royals number this season, with a record of 10-5 against the club this year.
A solo home run by first baseman Chris Parmelee gave the Twins a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
The Royals (60-73, 30-35 home) answered with a three-run rally in the bottom of the second. A two-run RBI single by second baseman Tony Abreu gave the Royals a 3-2 lead.
Royals starter Luis Mendoza (4.48 ERA) gave up two runs on seven hits in 5 innings, striking out three and walking none.
Twins second baseman Alexi Casilla tied the game at 4-4 with a two-run RBI single in the sixth. Abreu fired back with a go-ahead RBI single to put the Royals up 5-4. Reliever Tim Collins (5-2, 3.29 ERA) earned the win, giving up two runs on three hits in the sixth.
Closer Greg Holland (2.78 ERA) struck out the side to record his 10th save.
After his MLB debut on Saturday, Royals right fielder David Lough collected a pair of hits on Sunday, including a double in the second inning.
Lefty Bruce Chen (10-10, 5.13 ERA) takes the mound against All-Star right-handed pitcher Yu Darvish (13-9, 4.31 ERA) on Monday afternoon for game one of four against the Texas Rangers at Kauffman Stadium.