Jul 31, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Danny Santana (39) is congratulated by third baseman Trevor Plouffe (24) after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Twins Done in by Bullpen, Drop Series to Royals

The Minnesota Twins came into tonight hoping to be able to take the rubber match with the Kansas City Royals.  With Kevin Correia on the mound for the Twins, and Yordano Ventura for the Royals, they were up against it from the get go.

Scoring was broken open early for the Twins.  With speedy center fielder Danny Santana leading off, the Twins got on the board with their first batter.  Santana took a Ventura pitch and deposited it over the right field wall.  The Twins were able to spot starter Correia, some early breathing room.

Again in the third inning, it was Trevor Plouffe putting a ball into play allowing the Twins to score their second run of the game.  Plouffe grounded into a fielder’s choice to third scoring Eduardo Escobar.  Eduardo Nunez was also safe on the play at third base thanks to a throwing error from the Royals third basemen, Mike Moustakas.

In the fifth inning, it was Moustakas making up for his error.  A double to right scored designated hitter, Raul Ibanez for the Royals, cutting the Twins lead to 1.  This time, Escobar was caught making a fielder error while filling in for normal second basemen Brian Dozie, and Jarod Dyson was able to reach, scoring Moustakas on the play.  At the end of the fifth, the score was knotted at 2.

The Royals struck again in the seventh inning, this time off relievers Caleb Thilebar and Ryan Pressly.  An Alcides Escobar triple drove in Lorenzo Cain and Moustakas giving the Royals a 4-2 advantage.  Kansas City wasn’t done however.  A Dyson single then scored Escobar from third to give the Royals their fifth run.  A throwing error by Twins catcher Eric Fryer allowed Dyson to score after stealing third on an Omar Infante strike out.  The Royals exited the seventh inning with a four run, 6-2 lead.

Minnesota would battle in the 8th, and newly extended All-Star catcher, Kurt Suzuki would be at the middle of it.  A Suzuki double to left scored Oswaldo Arcia and put Chris Parmelee at third.  The Twins would strand Parmelee and Arcia’s run would mark their last of the game.

Greg Holland came on for the Royals in the ninth to close it out, giving Kansas City the 6-3 win and the 2-1 series victory.

Check out the full box score for more information.

Minnesota is now 11 games below the .500 mark, and the head to Chicago to take on the White Sox over the weekend.  Tomorrow night’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm central time, and will feature Logan Darnell for the Twins.  He will be opposed by Chris Sale for the White Sox.

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