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Royals take advantage of sloppy Twins pitching in 11th

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MINNEAPOLIS -- From pitches in the wrong places to foolish baserunning and bobbled groundballs, the list of blunders by both teams was long.

But Joakim Soria returned to the mound and made his manager's last move work out well.

Soria returned to his All-Star closing form for the Kansas City Royals, getting the last five outs of a 10-7 victory in 11 innings over the Minnesota Twins on a sloppy Saturday night for each side that lasted 4 hours and 20 minutes.

"Thankfully we found a way to win," said manager Trey Hillman, who sent Soria (1-0) in for the first time in 10 games after the right-hander rested a sore shoulder.

He threw 19 pitches, 13 for strikes.

"I feel really good," Soria said. "I'm ready for the season."

With plenty of time left.

"I haven't brought a closer in for more than one inning very often," Hillman said. "He looked good out there."

Soria sandwiched the last two outs of the 10th around a wild pitch that let a runner advance to third and gave up a one-out single to Joe Mauer in the 11th, but beyond that he was flawless.

Minnesota's bullpen was far from it.

Craig Breslow (0-1) walked the bases loaded in the 11th, getting only one out and seven of 21 pitches in the strike zone. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, forced to throw fastballs because Mauer hadn't caught him yet, walked John Buck to force in the go-ahead run. Another one scored when Alberto Callaspo hit a fielder's choice grounder, and Kansas City stretched the lead to three on a sinking single by David DeJesus that left fielder Denard Span couldn't quite catch.

"I'm not going to make excuses. I just didn't have it," Breslow said.

The lack of control chafed manager Ron Gardenhire.

"You've got to throw the ball over," he said. "They're trying to bunt, and we're not even throwing the ball over. They're trying to give you an out, and you don't throw the ball over."

It was a fitting end to a back-and-forth, mistake-filled night.

Mauer had four more hits for Minnesota and has been on base seven times since returning from the disabled list.

There were so many flubs in the field, on the mound and around the bases by each team that by the extra innings all the haphazardness on both sides seemed to have already blended into the background.

Before all the ball fours by the bullpen, the Twins were lamenting a two-out grounder hit by Miguel Olivo in the eighth that second baseman Alexi Casilla mishandled for one of the team's two errors to let the Royals take a 7-6 lead.

"That was a killer," Gardenhire said. "We have an opportunity to get the boys back in the dugout and win a baseball game, and we blew that too."

Olivo drove in three runs for Kansas City, including a two-run, two-out triple when starter Glen Perkins left a pitch over the plate. Mauer's two-out RBI double had given him a 4-3 lead in the previous inning.

Later, Nick Punto made the third out of the sixth going from second to third on a medium-length flyout to left field, leaving Mauer stuck in the on-deck circle and Justin Morneau in the hole. In the 10th, Carlos Gomez bunted foul twice before flying out after Brian Buscher led off the inning with a double.

The Royals nearly cost themselves a win, too.

Starter Brian Bannister labored through 5 1/3 innings and finished with a Sudoku-like line: eight hits, six runs, three earned runs, two walks, and four strikeouts. Bad defense behind him was to blame for a three-run second.

Notes

  • Though the Royals are 0-5 in Sidney Ponson's starts, manager Trey Hillman wasn't ready to take the struggling righty out of the rotation yet. Hillman said Ponson will take his next turn, at home on Wednesday against the Mariners. "I see stuff. Hopefully sooner than later it will play out," the manager said.
  • The Twins had their seven-game errorless streak end.
 
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Alberto Callaspo congratulates Coco Crisp, who scores in the 11th to represent the go-ahead run.  (AP)
Alberto Callaspo congratulates Coco Crisp, who scores in the 11th to represent the go-ahead run. (AP)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

D. Young
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Kansas City

A. Callaspo
AB 6
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Kansas City Royals
Coco Crisp, CF5220101 .253
Willie Bloomquist, 2B-RF5231111 .368
Billy Butler, 1B6111002 .240
Jose Guillen, RF5010012 .262
    Mitch Maier, RF0000000 .167
   a- Mark Teahen, PH-3B0100100 .286
John Buck, DH5001111 .261
Alberto Callaspo, 3B-2B6331001 .382
David DeJesus, LF5121113 .241
Miguel Olivo, C4023001 .208
Mike Aviles, SS4010012 .214
    Tony Pena Jr., SS2000005 .000
Totals471015855  
a-walked for Maier in the 11th
Batting
2B - Coco Crisp (7, Perkins), Alberto Callaspo 2 (11, Perkins, Ayala)
3B - Miguel Olivo (1, Perkins)
HR - Willie Bloomquist (1, Perkins)
RBI - Willie Bloomquist (5), Billy Butler (9), John Buck (16), Alberto Callaspo (7), David DeJesus (13), Miguel Olivo 3 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Willie Bloomquist (2), David DeJesus (8), Miguel Olivo 2 (3)
SB - Willie Bloomquist 2 (3, 2nd base off Ayala/Mauer, 2nd base off Nathan/Mauer)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - David DeJesus 1, Jose Guillen 1
DP - DeJesus-Aviles-Callaspo, Callaspo-Pena-Butler
PB - Miguel Olivo (3)
E - Mike Aviles (3, Throwing), Coco Crisp (2, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
Brian Bannister 5.1863241 1.96
Jamey Wright 1.2200000 1.84
Juan Cruz (BS,1) 0.2111200 2.38
Ron Mahay 1.2200010 5.87
Joakim Soria (W,1-0) 1.2100010 1.35
IBB - Morneau by Brian Bannister
HBP - Span (by Brian Bannister)
WP - Juan Cruz (1), Ron Mahay (1), Joakim Soria (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Bannister 94-64, Jamey Wright 18-12, Juan Cruz 24-10, Ron Mahay 34-21, Joakim Soria 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Bannister 4-8, Jamey Wright 1-2, Ron Mahay 1-3, Joakim Soria 3-0
Batters Faced - Brian Bannister 27, Jamey Wright 5, Juan Cruz 5, Ron Mahay 7, Joakim Soria 5
Minnesota Twins
Denard Span, CF-LF5111003 .300
Alexi Casilla, 2B3000113 .160
   a- Jason Kubel, PH1000012 .296
    Brendan Harris, 2B1000010 .356
Joe Mauer, C6041000 .667
    Jose Morales, PR0000000 .349
Justin Morneau, DH5000114 .313
Joe Crede, 3B5120003 .225
Michael Cuddyer, RF4321111 .238
Brian Buscher, 1B5010003 .217
Delmon Young, LF4232010 .276
    Carlos Gomez, PR-CF1000001 .196
Nick Punto, SS3011101 .238
Totals43714646  
a-struck out for Casilla in the 8th
Batting
2B - Joe Mauer (2, Bannister), Brian Buscher (1, Mahay)
HR - Michael Cuddyer (2, Bannister)
SF - Nick Punto (1)
RBI - Denard Span (13), Joe Mauer (2), Michael Cuddyer (8), Delmon Young 2 (11), Nick Punto (7)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Mauer (2)
SB - Delmon Young (2, 2nd base off Bannister/Olivo)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Casilla-Punto-Buscher, Crede-Buscher, Casilla-Punto-Buscher
E - Alexi Casilla (2, Misplayed grounder), Nick Punto (2, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
Glen Perkins 61055041 3.34
Luis Ayala (BS,2) 1.1321010 5.84
Jose Mijares 0.2000000 0.00
Joe Nathan 1100000 2.00
Matt Guerrier 1000100 4.15
Craig Breslow (L,0-1) 0.1033300 8.10
R.A. Dickey 0.2100100 5.40
HBP - Olivo (by Matt Guerrier), Olivo (by R.A. Dickey)
Pitches-Strikes - Glen Perkins 84-57, Luis Ayala 23-15, Jose Mijares 11-8, Joe Nathan 25-16, Matt Guerrier 16-8, Craig Breslow 21-7, R.A. Dickey 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Glen Perkins 8-5, Luis Ayala 2-0, Jose Mijares 3-0, Joe Nathan 2-1, Matt Guerrier 1-2, Craig Breslow 1-0, R.A. Dickey 2-0
Batters Faced - Glen Perkins 27, Luis Ayala 6, Jose Mijares 3, Joe Nathan 4, Matt Guerrier 5, Craig Breslow 4, R.A. Dickey 5
Game Information
Attendance - 29061
Game Time - 4:20
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Jeff Nelson