For a time, it seemed as though tonight’s game would be a cakewalk for the Kansas City Royals. In the end, they did just enough damage in the first inning to snap their four game losing streak and take a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
After Royals starter Edinson Volquez worked out of a jam in the top of the first, the offense jumped out on Twins starter Kyle Gibson. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases without any outs, bringing Eric Hosmer to the plate. Hosmer roped a double into the gap in right center, clearing the bases to give the Royals a 3-0 lead. On the next pitch, Kendrys Morales doubled down the right field line, plating Hosmer to put the Royals on top 4-0. A walk and a fly ball to center put runners on the corners as the Royals threatened to put the game away, but Gibson was able to get Alex Rios to ground into a double play, ending the threat.
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The Twins offense got to Volquez in the third. With two out and a runner on second, Brian Dozier singled through the hole on the left side, giving the Twins their first run. He came around to score two pitches later, as Joe Mauer doubled to the gap in right center to cut the lead to 4-2. Volquez escaped further damage by getting a groundout to end the inning.
Both pitchers settled in at that point, with Gibson pitching a complete game. Volquez ended up lasting seven innings, allowing those two runs on six hits, striking out three as he did not allow a walk. Wade Davis and Greg Holland pitched the final two innings to slam the door, preserving the 4-2 victory.
Alex Gordon had an excellent day at the plate, going 3-4 with a double and a run scored in the Kansas City Royals victory.