Kansas City at Minnesota

Kansas City
W: P. Hughes (13-8) L: Y. Ventura (9-9) S: G. Perkins (31)
HR: KC - None   MIN - K. Suzuki (3)

Hughes goes 7, Suzuki homers, Twins top Royals 4-1


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kurt Suzuki rarely makes errors or hits home runs. He did both on Saturday night, and the homer made up for a bad throw that could have cost Minnesota another game.

The All-Star catcher went 2 for 3 with a solo homer and made an impressive slide into home plate that helped lift the Twins over first-place the Kansas City Royals, 4-1.

Suzuki redeemed himself for an errant throw in the fourth that allowed Nori Aoki to score after stealing third and give Kansas City a 1-0 lead. The mistake came with his starting pitcher, Phil Hughes, looking dominant and locked in a duel with hard-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura.

''The hardest part is Phil was throwing so good and for me to do something like that, that's what really got me a little bit,'' Suzuki said.

It was his fourth error of the season.

''It was pretty brutal,'' Suzuki said. ''It was just one of those things where you get your body moving too quick and I lost the ball probably about right before my arm started coming forward. I said, `This is not good.'''

It looked as if that run would be all the Royals needed to win their fourth straight. Ventura had dominated Minnesota's lineup with his power for most of the night, consistently hitting into the upper-90s.

Hughes (13-8) allowed one run, seven hits and struck out six over 7 1-3 to outlast the young righty.

''You just don't want to be the guy that breaks first,'' Hughes said. ''Obviously in a situation like that, I knew that one run might not be good enough and I had to at least keep it there.''

Ventura (9-9) threw six innings of one-hit ball before the Twins broke through in the seventh. With runners on second and third, Ventura threw a 99-mph fastball that shattered Danny Santana's bat - but Santana reached base when Billy Butler tried to throw out Suzuki at home. The throw was in time, but the tag by catcher Salvador Perez was off, and Suzuki scored.

Brian Dozier followed with his 25th double of the season to score pinch-runner Eduardo Escobar. Kennys Vargas chased Ventura two batters later with a sacrifice fly to score Santana.

''You got to put up more runs than one,'' Butler said. ''That's not the way it is every night, but that's the way it is tonight.''

Hughes has won three in a row after losing three straight starts. He also has allowed only three runs this month. Casey Fien pitched to two batters in the eighth and Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for this 31st save in 34 chances.


Suzuki's solo homer in the eighth off Aaron Crow was his first since May 20, a span of 217 at-bats. Asked if manager Ron Gardenhire said anything to him in the dugout, Suzuki laughed and said: ''Yeah, he said, `What happened? Where'd that come from?'''


Ventura struggled with his command, walking a season-high six batters and getting called for a balk in the third inning. Still, he had a no-hitter through four innings despite allowing six base runners. None of his walks came around to score. The Royals lost a game Ventura started for just the second time in the last nine starts.

''Command was off a little bit, but he did a nice job getting us to the seventh with a one-run lead,'' manager Ned Yost said.


Twins: A week after severely spraining his right ankle, RHP Anthony Swarzak appears to be fine and has avoided the disabled list. ''He came and did everything out in the pen yesterday, actually simulated running off the mound going to first base. He's fine,'' Gardenhire said.


Kansas City's Jeremy Guthrie (8-10) will pitch Sunday against Tommy Milone (6-3) in the third of this four-game series. Guthrie will try to bounce back from his previous start when he allowed six runs - four earned - against Oakland on Tuesday as the A's snapped the Royals' eight-game winning streak. Milone makes his second start for the Twins since being acquired from Oakland last month.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Players of the Game

P. Hughes
IP 7.1
H 7
ER 1
BB 0
K 6
Kansas City

N. Aoki
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

Related Video

Kansas City Royals
Norichika Aoki, RF4120001.272.340.346
Omar Infante, 2B4010013.257.296.356
Salvador Perez, C4000002.264.302.409
Billy Butler, 1B4010012.277.324.383
Alex Gordon, LF4020000.282.357.433
Lorenzo Cain, CF4000043.298.336.407
Raul Ibanez, DH3020010.170.257.297
   a-Josh Willingham, PH-DH1000011.209.340.397
Mike Moustakas, 3B4000003.201.261.383
Alcides Escobar, SS2000011.276.313.370
Yordano Ventura, P0000000.250.250.250
   Francisley Bueno, P0000000.000.000.000
   Aaron Crow, P0000000.000.000.000
a-struck out for Ibanez in the 9th
2B - Norichika Aoki (16, Hughes)
SB - Norichika Aoki (14, )
Team LOB - 7
DP - Infante-Escobar-Butler
E - Alcides Escobar (12, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Yordano Ventura (L,9-9) 6.2433640 3.48
Francisley Bueno 0.1000000 2.45
Aaron Crow 1211011 3.12
IBB - Mauer by Yordano Ventura
Pitches-Strikes - Yordano Ventura 114-69, Francisley Bueno 2-1, Aaron Crow 21-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yordano Ventura 7-10, Francisley Bueno 1-0
Batters Faced - Yordano Ventura 31, Francisley Bueno 1, Aaron Crow 5
Minnesota Twins
Danny Santana, SS-CF5101003.318.356.465
Brian Dozier, 2B3011101.237.336.422
Joe Mauer, 1B3000113.273.346.366
Kennys Vargas, DH2001110.286.339.411
Oswaldo Arcia, RF3000112.225.303.413
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4000001.244.314.394
Kurt Suzuki, C3221101.310.371.406
Chris Parmelee, LF3010011.253.305.387
   Eduardo Escobar, PR-SS1100010.274.314.398
Jordan Schafer, CF-LF2020100.204.289.259
Phil Hughes, P0000000.000.000.000
   Casey Fien, P0000000.000.000.000
   Glen Perkins, P0000000.000.000.000
2B - Brian Dozier (25, Ventura)
HR - Kurt Suzuki (3, Crow)
SF - Kennys Vargas (1)
SH - Jordan Schafer (6)
RBI - Danny Santana (28), Brian Dozier (53), Kennys Vargas (12), Kurt Suzuki (49)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Hughes-Santana-Mauer
E - Kurt Suzuki (4, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
Phil Hughes (W,13-8) 7.1711060 3.76
Casey Fien (H,23) 0.2000010 2.81
Glen Perkins (S,31) 1100020 2.58
HBP - Escobar (by Phil Hughes)
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 94-69, Casey Fien 8-5, Glen Perkins 23-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 6-9
Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 29, Casey Fien 2, Glen Perkins 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35575
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Chris Segal, Third Base - David Rackley