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|Kansas City (5-12)||2||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||5||7||2|
Redmond hit three opposite-field RBI singles and Minnesota rallied for a 7-5 win over the Kansas City Royals.
"I think you just have to have a slow bat and be 35 years old," Redmond said. "I hit a lot of balls to right field. That's how I hit. It's nice to be able to drive in some runs. I reacted the way they pitch me. They kept throwing me away. I don't think it is out of the ordinary to hit three balls to right field."
Redmond hit run-scoring singles in the second, fourth and sixth innings for the Twins, who had a season-high 16 hits. Torii Hunter went 2-for-4 and scored two runs and Mauer finished with two RBI.
Punto recommended a defensive shift for Redmond.
"I mentioned they probably should put their third baseman in right field," Punto said. "He's such a good hitter, if they did that he'd turn on the ball. It's a craft and he's definitely mastered it."
Alex Gordon and Mark Teahen hit solo homers off Twins starter Boof Bonser. Royals right-hander Zack Greinke, who recorded two outs in his previous start at Detroit, went five innings and allowed four runs and nine hits.
"It wasn't as good as any of us hoped for," Royals manager Buddy Bell said of Greinke. "I think Zack was trying to find anything that would work. His command wasn't as good as it usually is. He just couldn't find it today."
Redman, who backs up 2006 AL batting champion Mauer, hit .341 in 47 games last season.
"Red Dog can hit," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That's what he did all of last year. He uses the whole field. He shoots the ball the other way as good as anybody. He can pull the ball when he needs to. He had a super day."
Bonser has allowed home runs in seven consecutive starts dating to last season and has given up two homers in each of his past three starts. He gave up five runs, three earned, and seven hits in five innings. He struck out seven and issued an intentional walk.
Bonser has allowed an American League-leading seven home runs in 20 2/3 innings this season.
"I didn't walk anybody outside of intentional, which was a key," Bonser said. "The two home runs were solo shots. That's the big thing. I don't feel like I've been struggling. I've been throwing the ball over the plate."
Luis Rodriguez started at second base for the Twins as Luis Castillo remains sidelined with a sore left quadriceps. Rodriguez dropped Emil Brown's popup to shallow right with two out in the first inning and the bases loaded, allowing the Royals to score two unearned runs.
Redmond singled in Justin Morneau in the second, but Teahen homered in the third to make it 3-1.
The Twins tied it in the fourth. Hunter, who extended his hitting streak to eight games, doubled in Michael Cuddyer and scored on Redmond's two-out single.
"I probably pitched better to him (Redmond) than anyone on the team," Greinke said. "That's what he does, though, and it's really frustrating."
Joel Peralta (0-2) picked up the loss. He was charged with two runs and three hits in two-thirds of an inning.
|Royals catcher Jason LaRue takes a tumble after tagging out Minnesota's Justin Morneau. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Alexi Casilla, SS-2B||5||2||2||0||0||1||2||.273|
|Nick Punto, 3B||4||1||2||1||1||0||0||.200|
|Joe Mauer, DH||4||0||2||2||0||0||2||.386|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.324|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||4||1||2||0||1||0||0||.313|
|Torii Hunter, CF||4||2||2||1||0||1||3||.298|
|Jason Kubel, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.250|
|Mike Redmond, C||4||0||3||3||0||0||0||.267|
|Luis Rodriguez, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.214|
|Jason Bartlett, PR-SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.227|
|2B - Joe Mauer 2 (8, Greinke, Wellemeyer), Justin Morneau 2 (5, Greinke, Greinke), Torii Hunter (11, Greinke)|
|3B - Nick Punto (1, Peralta)|
|SF - Joe Mauer (1)|
|RBI - Nick Punto (4), Joe Mauer 2 (9), Torii Hunter (13), Mike Redmond 3 (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Redmond 2 (2)|
|SB - Alexi Casilla (3, 2nd base off Peralta/LaRue)|
|CS - Torii Hunter (1, 2nd base by Wellemeyer/LaRue)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Luis Rodriguez (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Pat Neshek (W,2-0)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||3.86|
|Dennys Reyes (H,4)||0.2||0||0||0||1||0||0||9.53|
|Jesse Crain (H,4)||1.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.50|
|Joe Nathan (S,6)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||3.24|
|IBB - Sweeney by Boof Bonser|
|Pitches-Strikes - Boof Bonser 87-56, Pat Neshek 5-4, Dennys Reyes 14-7, Jesse Crain 12-8, Joe Nathan 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Boof Bonser 4-5, Dennys Reyes 2-0, Jesse Crain 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Boof Bonser 24, Pat Neshek 3, Dennys Reyes 3, Jesse Crain 4, Joe Nathan 3|
|Kansas City Royals|
|David DeJesus, CF||5||1||1||0||0||2||0||.347|
|Mark Grudzielanek, 2B||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||.255|
|Mark Teahen, RF||3||1||1||1||1||1||3||.250|
|Mike Sweeney, DH||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.229|
|Ross Gload, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||1||3||.250|
|Emil Brown, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.152|
|Alex Gordon, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||2||2||.145|
|Jason LaRue, C||3||0||0||0||0||3||0||.138|
|a- Esteban German, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.265|
|Tony Pena, SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||0||.197|
|a-struck out for LaRue in the 9th|
|2B - Mark Grudzielanek (4, Bonser)|
|HR - Mark Teahen (2, Bonser), Alex Gordon (2, Bonser)|
|RBI - Mark Teahen (6), Ross Gload (4), Alex Gordon (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ross Gload (2)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Mark Teahen 1|
|DP - Teahen-Gload, Gload-LaRue, Gload-Gordon, Gload-Pena|
|E - David DeJesus (1, Misplayed grounder), Tony Pena (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Neal Musser (H,1)||0.1||2||1||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Joel Peralta (BS,3; L,0-2)||0.2||3||2||2||0||0||0||8.31|
|IBB - Morneau by Todd Wellemeyer|
|HBP - Hunter (by Todd Wellemeyer)|
|WP - Todd Wellemeyer (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 89-57, Neal Musser 7-6, Joel Peralta 18-12, Jimmy Gobble 8-7, Todd Wellemeyer 35-19|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 4-6, Joel Peralta 1-0, Todd Wellemeyer 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 22, Neal Musser 3, Joel Peralta 4, Jimmy Gobble 3, Todd Wellemeyer 10|
|Attendance - 20566|
|Game Time - 3:05|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - John Hirschbeck|