Twins got off to an early lead in the bottom of the 2nd, Jorge Polanco singled in Miguel Sano from second base on a line drive to center field. Then Eddie Rosario grounded into a force out that scored Jason Castro from third base. 2-0 Twins.
Kyle Gibson ran into some problems in the top of the 5th. He gave up a solo home run to Salvador Perez who hit the ball to left center field. After striking out Brandon Moss, he walked Paulo Orlando. An RBI double by Alcides Escobar tied the score at 2-2.
In the bottom of the 5th, after hitting a single to enter field, Brian Dozier stole second. From there he scored a go-ahead run when Max Kepler doubled to right field. 3-2 Twins.
The top of the very next inning, before you could say “winning,” Mike Moustakas hit a solo home run into the right field stands to tie it up again. Kyle let another Royal on base and his day was over. Craig Breslow came in and while he got one batter to fly out, he left the bases loaded for Ryan Pressly, who managed to get the next to batters to hit into outs to end the half inning.
The Twins were able to load the bases with walks and two outs in their half of the 6th, but that ended with a swinging strike out by Byron Buxton.
Bottom of the 7th, back-to-back RBI doubles by Castro and Polanco brought the Twins back on top, 5-3 and that’s where they stayed. Brandon Kintzler came in in the 9th to get his first save of the season.
Kyle Gibson, 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Jason Hammel, 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
W: Rogers (1-0)
L: Minor (0-1)
SV: Kintzler (1)
Polanco, 2 for 3, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2B
Kepler, 2 for 4, RBI, BB, 2B
Sano, 2 for 3, 2 R, BB
DUDS: None, TWINS WIN!
ROBOT ROLL CALL!
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