Minnesota at Kansas City

W: O. Perez (1-2) L: S. Ponson (1-2)
S: D. Riske (2)
HR: MIN - M. Cuddyer (2)   KC - M. Sweeney (1), M. Grudzielanek (1), R. Sanders (2)

Royals 11, Twins 7

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As Ron Gardenhire sat in the visiting manager's office discussing Kansas City's 11-7 victory over his mistake-prone Minnesota Twins on Friday night, there came the clear sound of a toilet flushing.

"Somebody upstairs is telling me what we should do with this game, and that's just perfect," said Gardenhire, whose bullpen had four wild pitches and hit two batters in 3 2/3 innings.

"That's what we'll do with it."

The Royals' slumping hitters will hope this is the game that awakens their bats and gets them out of a two-week funk. Mike Sweeney, hitting .195 when the night began, had two hits including his first home run. He scored twice.

Mark Teahen, hitting .200, was 3-for-4 and Tony Pena Jr., hitting .189, had two hits and made three outstanding plays at shortstop.

"We're going to keep working hard every day in the cage and do our homework," said Sweeney.

The Royals started the night at 4-11, the worst record in the majors.

"It's only 15 games," said Sweeney. "We're not going to panic. We've dug ourselves a pretty good hole. But there's plenty of time to turn things around."

The Royals, down 4-2, got hits on four straight pitches off Sidney Ponson (1-2) in the fifth, starting with David DeJesus' leadoff single. Mark Grudzielanek then hit his first home run in 133 at-bats, and Teahen and Sweeney singled on the next two deliveries.

Teahen scored on a fielder's choice before Alex Gordon hit an RBI double off reliever Glen Perkins and came around to score on the left-hander's two wild pitches to give Kansas City a 7-4 lead.

Odalis Perez (1-2) went five innings for his first win, giving up four runs and seven hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.

David Riske pitched two innings for his second save in three opportunities.

Ponson went 5 1/3 innings and allowed six runs and 10 hits, walking one and striking out two.

"Sidney was not very good tonight," Gardenhire said. "He was up and didn't really have a lot of zip on the ball."

Joe Mauer, the defending AL batting champion, was 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Twins to lift his average to .377

Minnesota closed to 7-6 on Punto's two-run single off Jimmy Gobble in the sixth, but then the Twins' bullpen collapsed. The Royals loaded the bases in the eighth on a single and two hit batters and got runs on a walk, a sacrifice fly and another wild pitch.

"I think we saw a very ugly baseball game on our part," Gardenhire said.

Minnesota took a 2-0 lead in the second when Mike Redmond hit an RBI double and scored on Jason Bartlett's single

Sweeney hit his first home run of the year leading off the second to cut the deficit to 2-1. After Punto and Mauer hit back-to-back doubles in the third, Teahen cut Minnesota's lead to 3-2 with an RBI single.

Punto walked in the fifth and stole second. He then scored on Mauer's opposite-field single into left for a 4-2 lead.

Reggie Sanders hit reliever Matt Guerrier's first pitch for a leadoff homer in the seventh and Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer hit his second home run of the season in the ninth.

Kansas City manager Buddy Bell was asked if he had any empathy for his Minnesota counterpart for the way his bullpen collapsed.

"No," he said. "Gardie wouldn't have any for me, either."


Alexi Casilla stole second base in the eighth, making the Twins 18-for-18 for the season. ... Royals manager Buddy Bell, who underwent surgery to remove a cancerous growth in his throat last September, says he's feeling fine. He's been throwing batting practice and feeling no ill-effects at all. "A 10-game winning streak would make me feel even better," he said. ... Emil Brown and Sanders wore No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. They were supposed to wear Robinson's number last Sunday in Baltimore but the game was rained out. ... Twins OF Rondell White, on the DL with a strained right calf, did not fare well when he tried to run in the outfield.

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Players of the Game
Kansas City

M. Sweeney
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

J. Mauer
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Minnesota Twins
Alexi Casilla, 2B5010004 .235
Nick Punto, 3B4222101 .174
Joe Mauer, C5032022 .377
Michael Cuddyer, RF4111103 .333
Justin Morneau, 1B5120002 .300
Torii Hunter, CF5010023 .283
Mike Redmond, DH4211001 .192
Jason Tyner, LF3110101 .343
Jason Bartlett, SS3011101 .227
2B - Nick Punto (4, O. Perez), Joe Mauer (6, O. Perez), Torii Hunter (10, Braun), Mike Redmond (2, O. Perez)
HR - Michael Cuddyer (2, Riske)
RBI - Nick Punto 2 (3), Joe Mauer 2 (7), Michael Cuddyer (15), Mike Redmond (4), Jason Bartlett (4)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Punto 2 (2), Jason Bartlett (3)
SB - Alexi Casilla (2, 2nd base off Riske/Buck), Nick Punto (1, 2nd base off O. Perez/Buck)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Punto-Casilla-Morneau, Casilla-Bartlett-Morneau
Minnesota Twins
Sidney Ponson (L,1-2) 4.11066122 9.39
Glen Perkins 1.2311100 8.31
Matt Guerrier 1233101 2.61
Dennys Reyes0011000 10.80
Juan Rincon 1000210 2.84
HBP - Grudzielanek (by Matt Guerrier), Teahen (by Dennys Reyes)
WP - Glen Perkins 2 (2), Matt Guerrier (1), Juan Rincon (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Sidney Ponson 69-42, Glen Perkins 35-23, Matt Guerrier 18-10, Dennys Reyes 2-1, Juan Rincon 24-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sidney Ponson 7-3, Glen Perkins 2-3, Matt Guerrier 2-0, Juan Rincon 1-1
Batters Faced - Sidney Ponson 23, Glen Perkins 9, Matt Guerrier 6, Dennys Reyes 1, Juan Rincon 5
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF5230002 .358
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4112002 .233
Mark Teahen, RF4231000 .245
Mike Sweeney, DH4222102 .222
Ross Gload, 1B5101014 .250
Reggie Sanders, LF4121011 .407
    Emil Brown, LF0001000 .167
Alex Gordon, 3B3111201 .137
John Buck, C3010213 .429
Tony Pena, SS4120003 .211
2B - Alex Gordon (3, Perkins)
HR - Mark Grudzielanek (1, Ponson), Mike Sweeney (1, Ponson), Reggie Sanders (2, Guerrier)
SF - Emil Brown (1)
RBI - Mark Grudzielanek 2 (9), Mark Teahen (5), Mike Sweeney 2 (5), Ross Gload (3), Reggie Sanders (6), Emil Brown (3), Alex Gordon (3)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teahen (4), Alex Gordon (1)
SB - Mark Teahen (1, 2nd base off Perkins/Mauer)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Grudzielanek-Gload, Pena-Grudzielanek-Gload
Kansas City Royals
Odalis Perez (W,1-2) 5744120 8.64
Ryan Braun (H,1) 0.1122200 3.24
Jimmy Gobble (H,2) 0.2100010 1.59
Todd Wellemeyer (H,1) 1100100 12.71
David Riske (S,2) 2311011 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Odalis Perez 70-49, Ryan Braun 19-7, Jimmy Gobble 8-7, Todd Wellemeyer 21-11, David Riske 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Odalis Perez 7-6, Ryan Braun 1-0, Todd Wellemeyer 2-0, David Riske 2-2
Batters Faced - Odalis Perez 23, Ryan Braun 4, Jimmy Gobble 3, Todd Wellemeyer 4, David Riske 8
Game Information
Attendance - 31813
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Laz Diaz