Moustakas helps Royals rally past Twins for 6-5 win
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer, then drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the eighth inning, as the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Tuesday night.
The Royals trailed 5-3 in the sixth when Christian Colon started their comeback with an RBI double. Colon added a run-scoring groundout off Casey Fien (0-1) in the eighth to knot the game, and Moustakas fileted a single to left off Glen Perkins to take the lead.
Chris Young (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings in relief of struggling starter Jason Vargas, and Wade Davis breezed through the ninth for his third save of the season.
Davis has been closing games with All-Star reliever Greg Holland on the disabled list.
Before the game, another member of the dominant Royals bullpen was handed a suspension. Major League Baseball announced a five-game suspension for Kelvin Herrera and and undisclosed fine, as well as a fine for starting pitcher Yordano Ventura. Herrera is appealing the suspension.
The punishment comes after a hectic weekend series with the Oakland Athletics that saw benches clear multiple times. On Sunday Herrera was kicked out of the game after throwing a ball at A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie. Manager Ned Yost took some of the blame for what happened in the series.
“A lot of this here, when you sit back, I’ve always tried to sit back and analyze, and a lot of this is probably my fault,” Yost said. “These kids have never been through this, and it’s my job and our job to teach them how to deal with these situations. But we’ve never been confronted with these situations.”
In the aftermath, Yost said it was a good learning experience.
“It’s actually been a good thing for us to learn how to deal with these situations, and how to handle these situations as a team. Good things do come out of it even though it was nasty and it was bad,” he said. “This week I think that we all learned really good lessons on how to do things better, so I’m happy about that going forward.”