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K.C.'s De La Rosa retires 16 in row as Royals down Twins

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jorge De La Rosa got into a groove after working out of a jam in the first inning.

De La Rosa pitched a career-high eight innings Sunday and retired 16 in a row during one stretch to lead Kansas City to a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins, helping the Royals win their first series of the year.

De La Rosa (2-1) worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first, striking out Justin Morneau with a curveball and getting Torii Hunter to fly out to the warning track in center to end the inning.

"I thought that was the biggest out of the game," De La Rosa said of striking out Morneau.

The Twins did not get another baserunner until the sixth.

"No doubt that was a huge moment," Royals catcher John Buck said. "A couple of games past, it seems like we came out of that the other way. That was a crucial point and it happened to be in the first. Maybe he fed off of that. Whatever he had going, I like it. I'd like to see more of it."

De La Rosa allowed five hits, struck out four and walked one. He entered the game 0-3 with a 7.02 ERA in five career outings, including three starts, against the Twins.

"After the first inning he was as good as anybody we saw this year for us or against us," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "He pitched outstanding."

Mike Sweeney went 3-for-4 for Kansas City and Ross Gload hit a two-run home run in the third, his first of the season.

"I took one good swing today and got us two runs and De La Rosa pitched great," Gload said.

De La Rosa retired 16 in a row after the Twins loaded the bases in the first. Joe Mauer, who went 2-for-4 to raise his average to .393, singled with two outs in the sixth, went to second on a passed ball charged to Buck and scored on Michael Cuddyer's double down the left-field line.

"We had a chance to get to him in the first inning with the bases loaded, but after that not much out there," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He was starting guys off with fastballs and changeups. After the first inning, he got into a nice little groove. His changeup got better as the game went along. His fastball was jumping out of his hand. You could see his confidence growing."

Ramon Ortiz (3-1) limited the Royals to seven hits and three runs over seven innings.

"Gload hit a good pitch, a changeup, but he hit it," Ortiz said. "Everything was working, my fastball and my slider down and away. It was nothing different from my previous starts. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose."

Gload homered to center on a 1-1 pitch from Ortiz with Tony Pena aboard in the third. Sweeney's two-out single in the fifth scored Esteban German, who led off the inning with a double.

Rookie Joakim Soria, a Rule 5 pick from San Diego, worked the ninth to pick up his second save in as many opportunities.

Notes

  • CF David DeJesus was a late scratch from the Royals lineup with a sore left ankle, which he hurt on Saturday.
  • RHP Brian Bannister will make his first start for the Royals on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. He went 2-1 with a 2.61 ERA with Triple-A Omaha. Bannister will replace right-hander Brandon Duckworth in the rotation. Duckworth, who was 0-1 with a 1.59 ERA in two starts, will move to the bullpen. "From all the reports we've gotten, Bannister's been throwing good," Bell said. "We're putting Ducky in the bullpen just to give us a little more experience down there. We're really young in the bullpen, so it just made sense."
  • Twins 2B Luis Castillo missed the series with a sore quadriceps.
 
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Kansas City's Jorge De La Rosa allows five hits and records four strikeouts.  (AP)
Kansas City's Jorge De La Rosa allows five hits and records four strikeouts. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

M. Sweeney
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Minnesota

J. Mauer
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Minnesota Twins
Alexi Casilla, 2B4000010 .231
Nick Punto, 3B4010000 .204
Joe Mauer, C4120000 .393
Michael Cuddyer, RF3011110 .324
Justin Morneau, 1B4000024 .294
Torii Hunter, CF4010003 .295
Mike Redmond, DH4010011 .265
Josh Rabe, LF3000011 .111
Jason Bartlett, SS3000001 .213
Totals3316116  
Batting
2B - Michael Cuddyer (7, De La Rosa)
RBI - Michael Cuddyer (16)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Cuddyer (4)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Jason Bartlett (6, Misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
Ramon Ortiz (L,3-1) 7733041 2.48
Dennys Reyes 0.2200010 8.53
Matt Guerrier 0.1000100 2.53
HBP - Shealy (by Ramon Ortiz)
WP - Matt Guerrier (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ramon Ortiz 93-64, Dennys Reyes 9-7, Matt Guerrier 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ramon Ortiz 11-6
Batters Faced - Ramon Ortiz 29, Dennys Reyes 3, Matt Guerrier 2
Kansas City Royals
Esteban German, 2B4110001 .263
Ross Gload, LF4112001 .250
Mark Teahen, CF4020021 .268
Mike Sweeney, DH4031000 .269
Alex Gordon, 3B4000024 .136
Reggie Sanders, RF3010100 .400
John Buck, C4000013 .375
Ryan Shealy, 1B2010000 .116
Tony Pena, SS3100002 .188
Totals3239315  
Batting
2B - Esteban German (3, Ortiz), Mark Teahen (3, Reyes), Mike Sweeney (1, Ortiz)
HR - Ross Gload (1, Ortiz)
RBI - Ross Gload 2 (6), Mike Sweeney (6)
2-OUT RBI - Ross Gload 2 (4), Mike Sweeney (1)
CS - Mark Teahen (1, 3rd base by Reyes/Mauer), Reggie Sanders (1, 2nd base by Ortiz/Mauer)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - John Buck (1)
Kansas City Royals
Jorge De La Rosa (W,2-1) 8510140 3.04
Joakim Soria (S,2) 1100020 2.89
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 94-64, Joakim Soria 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 8-12, Joakim Soria 1-0
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 30, Joakim Soria 4
Game Information
Attendance - 14801
Game Time - 2:07
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Bill Welke