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Pitching leads Royals past Twins

Published on -8/1/2014, 10:29 AM

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By KATHLEEN GIER

McClatchy-Tribune

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Whether the Royals' inactivity at the trade deadline was a vote of confidence for the current roster or a lack of other options, the team they stayed with patched it together once again.

The Royals, whose offensive struggles have been well documented, capitalized on a four-run seventh inning to overcome a leadoff home run and a pair of costly errors. They defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-3 on Thursday night to win their third consecutive series and improve to 55-52 in front of 24,127 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

The victory also helped them even the season series at 6 with the American League Central bottom dwellers and move to four games behind first-place Detroit.

Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura worked through a rocky start that included a leadoff home run to Danny Santana to keep the Royals in the game until their seventh inning surge.

He ended up holding the Twins to two runs -- one earned -- on five hits and recorded seven strikeouts for the second consecutive game since he had zero in his loss to Boston. It was his sixth start with at least seven strikeouts.

His one real mistake came when Santana knocked his leadoff homer just past the outstretched arm of Lorenzo Cain in right field. It was the fourth homer Ventura had given up in his last three starts.

Ventura settled down from there, retiring six of the next seven batters.

The third inning brought more trouble, but this time it was mostly out of Ventura's hands.

Eduardo Escobar led off the inning with a single and ended up advancing to third and eventually home on a pair of costly errors by Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. Eduardo Nunez reached on an overthrow to first baseman Eric Hosmer and one batter later, Trevor Plouffe reached on an overthrow to All-Star catcher Salvador Perez.

Moustakas found a way to make up for it in the bottom of the fifth inning though when he followed up Raul Ibanez's leadoff double with one of his own to knock in the Royals' first run. He tied the score when he crossed home plate on an error by Escobar, the Twins' second baseman during Jarrod Dyson's at-bat.

Correia, who entered the game winless in 10 starts against the Royals, added one more scoreless inning before exiting with five hits and four strikeouts with one earned run.

Then the Royals dug into his bullpen, dinging Caleb Thielbar and Ryan Pressley for three runs to take the lead.

Lorenzo Cain hit a leadoff single and Moustakas walked, which forced Thielbar's early exit, and Alcides Escobar pushed them across with a two-run triple off Pressley. Dyson knocked him in with a single to center.

Aaron Crow took over for the eighth, but made a brief appearance giving up a leadoff double to Oswaldo Arcia and a walk to Chris Parmalee. Kurt Suzuki then entered the game to pinch-hit for Eric Fryer and the Royals countered with Wade Davis who had a streak of 43 appearances without an extra-base hit broken with an RBI double that scored Arcia. Davis bounced back to end the threat by striking out Nunez on batter later.

All-Star closer Greg Holland came in to defend the Royals' 6-3 lead and did so with a fly out, a strike out and a line out for his 29th save in 31 tries.

The Royals finished the game without first baseman Eric Hosmer who left before the bottom of the sixth inning when he re-aggravated his right wrist injury.

Whether the Royals' inactivity at the trade deadline was a vote of confidence for the current roster or a lack of other options, the team they stayed with patched it together once again.

The Royals, whose offensive struggles have been well documented, capitalized on a four-run seventh inning to overcome a leadoff home run and a pair of costly errors. They defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Thursday night to win their third consecutive series and improve to 55-52 in front of 24,127 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

The victory also helped them even the season series at 6 with the American League Central bottom dwellers and move to four games behind first-place Detroit.

Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura worked through a rocky start that included a leadoff home run to Danny Santana to keep the Royals in the game until their seventh inning surge.

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