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Royals Slip Past Twins in 10, 3-2

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Twins waste an excellent Tommy Milone start as Royals win in extras.

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What looked for most of the game like a very positive night for the Twins (another solid starting pitching effort, key plays by future stars) went off the rails with a quickness on Friday, as Kansas City put together three late-inning rallies to steal a 3-2 victory in 10 innings.

Tommy Milone made a strong argument to stick in the rotation once Ervin Santana returns, pitching six innings, striking out five and allowing just one run.  (Per Rhett Bollinger, the lefty has posted a 1.95 ERA in his last six starts.)

Miguel Sano was a factor in both Twins runs, getting his first MLB RBI in the second on a single.  He tattooed a double in the fifth, and came around to score on an Aaron Hicks sac fly, giving Minnesota a 2-1 lead.

What looked to be another low-scoring Twins win fell apart before they could get to Glen Perkins, though.

The Royals tied it in the eighth off Casey Fien, with a single and stolen base by Lorenzo Cain and a bloop by former Twin Kendrys Morales doing the damage.

KC should have won in a very strange ninth inning.  After Twins reliever Ryan Pressly loaded the bases with one out, the Twins brought in Aaron Thompson and deployed a 5 infielder, 2 outfielder set up, which looked as strange as it sounds.  Mike Moustakas hit a fly ball to Aaron Hicks in right center, and Royals rookie Dusty Coleman tagged up to score.

Then he stopped running.

The throw was off-line, and Coleman probably scores if he just keeps going.  Instead, the Twins were able to double him off third for the third out and send the game to extras.

The Twins' luck did not hold out, however, and the offense stayed quiet, Thompson stayed in the game, and the Royals put together a game-winning rally.  Cain again led off the inning with a hit (this time a double), went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on an infield grounder.  Joe Mauer fielded it and gunned it home, but Cain slid in safely.  Review confirmed the call.  Pickles.

(Also: Drew Butera was a late-inning defensive replacement for Kansas City.  Sweet Drew still has a job!)

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