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It was more of the same today for Minnesota, who have followed up a 7-2 stretch — what seemed at one point like the perfect catapult into a divisional-heavy schedule — with five straight losses. Additionally, it’s two in a row now against the Royals, who have switched places with the Twins, and returned the latter into fifth place among the AL Central representatives.
The first action of this one came in the form of more injury news - Josh Donaldson was removed from action after upsetting a leg muscle an inning prior, following his 13th double of the campaign.
The Twins broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning — facing a reacclimating Danny Duffy, the Twinkies (for which the Town was so named) used three hits, a walk, an error, and a fielder’s choice to scratch across a pair of runs.
The Royals then scored six times unanswered. With baserunners all over the place in the home fourth, Hunter Dozier was set up for a two-run double, and Edward Olivares plated himself and a plus-one to make it 4-2 Kansas City.
The Twins would get one more inning out of starter Griffin Jax, but Salvador Perez made sure it counted, driving in a fifth run and scoring the sixth himself.
That was it for the scoring, outside of a Trevor Larnach solo shot in the eighth, an inside pitch that was deposited into the right field seats and received by a very happy Twins fan.
Minnesota left the tying run on deck in the top of the ninth — despite an even nine hits for each side, it never really seemed like the Twins were in the game after giving up the lead.
The series closes tomorrow, and Minnesota will be tasked with winning their only game of the week.
PH/LF Trevor Larnach (2-for-2, HR, RBI, R)
SP Griffin Jax (5 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, HR)
RF/LF/RF Alex Kirilloff (0-for-4, 5 LOB)
LF/3B Luis Arraez (0-for-4, K, 3 LOB)
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