Twins rally from early deficit to knock off Royals
Granted, it was against two of baseballs worst teams. But the Twins had to build momentum somehow. And they did what they needed to do against who they needed to do it against.
They dispatched the Royals 8-5 on Wednesday to take two of three games of the series against their AL Central foe. The offense, from top to bottom, was a threat. Brian Dozier and Logan Morrison are finding their power strokes. Lance Lynn needed 114 pitches to get through five-plus innings, but was functional.
Most importantly, the Twins won two of three games against Kansas City after sweeping Baltimore in four. They have won six of their first seven games of their current homestand, their best stretch of play since they won eight out of 10 in early May to climb two games of .500.
Their goal is to finish strong before the break, and they are four games closer to achieving that, as Tampa Bay comes to town Thursday for the first of four games.
The Twins put themselves in a 3-0 hole in the first inning. Lynn gave up a single to Jorge Bonifacio but got Mike Moustakas hit a grounder that Dozier dived to stop. Dozier flipped the ball from his glove to shortstop Jorge Polanco, who promptly dropped it for an error. That put two on for Salvador Perez, batting .344 in his career at Target Field.
And Perez squared up a Lynn pitch and sent an 108 miles per hour rocket into the seats in left for a 3-0 Kansas City lead.
The Twins scored twice in the second to get within 3-2, but Moustakas homered to right in the third to put the Royals up 4-2.
But the Twins scored three runs in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead. The key play came with the bases loaded when Dozier hit a swinging bunt down the third base line that he beat out for a hit as Royals pitcher Glenn Sparkman fielded and threw wildly to first. Two runs scored on the play.
The Twins added three more runs in the sixth on a two run home run by Dozier, his 15th, and a solo shot by Morrison, his 11th, to take a 8-4 lead.
Alan Busenitz, called up on Wednesday to replace the injured Addison Reed, pitched the final two innings, giving up a home run to Moustakas in the ninth.