Hosmer fuels rally in 8th, Royals beat Twins 5-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The threat of Terrance Gore's wheels helped Eric Hosmer deliver an RBI single, and Kansas City gained a little ground in its playoff pursuit.

Hosmer drove in the go-ahead run with his third hit in a three-run eighth inning, helping the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Saturday night.

Minnesota (74-68) entered the day with a two-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels for the final AL wild card. Kansas City is 3 1/2 games behind the Twins at 70-71.

''A game we had to win,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Lorenzo Cain led off the eighth with a single against Ryan Pressly (2-3), and Melky Cabrera walked. Hosmer's single off Buddy Boshers, who threw only one pitch, scored pinch-runner Gore.

''In those situations when Terrance comes in the game, you're looking up,'' Hosmer said. ''You know they're not going to throw anything low, risk anything in the dirt because he's going to take the next base. It's just a huge threat anytime he comes in, so as a hitter you're just looking to be real aggressive because of what he brings.''

Salvador Perez had an RBI double and Alcides Escobar a sacrifice fly to cap the inning.

Mike Minor (6-6) got the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Brandon Maurer earned his second save in three chances since the Royals acquired him in a July 24 trade with San Diego.

Alex Gordon homered with two out in the Royals' seventh off Jose Berrios to tie it at 2. It was Gordon's sixth home run and his first since July 3, ending a 169 at-bat home run drought.

''Changeup, it was meant to be more outside,'' Berrios said through an interpreter. ''I don't think it was middle of anything like that. I knew he was looking for it.''

Cain tripled in the first and scored on Cabrera's ground out for the first Royals' run. Cain finished with three hits.

Royals rookie right-hander Jake Junis, who is 5-0 since a June 29 loss, allowed two runs and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

Eddie Rosario took Junis deep in the third, and Byron Buxton homered in the sixth.

''The first one was a hanging breaking ball and he took advantage of it,'' Junis said. ''Buxton just had a really good at-bat.''

Berrios limited the Royals to two runs and eight hits over seven innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: 3B Miguel Sano (left shin stress) did some things on the field Saturday, and Molitor said he ''had a good day.'' Sano's return will be made tricky by the fact that the minor league season is nearly over, meaning he won't be able to go on a rehab assignment. ... LHP Adalberto Mejia (arm strain) made a rehab start Saturday for Double-A Chattanooga and pitched five scoreless innings and allowed one run against Montgomery. He struck out five and walked none, throwing 50 strikes in 73 pitches.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (left elbow impingement) will throw a simulated game Monday. If all goes well, Duffy could return to the rotation next weekend. ... RHP Ian Kennedy (rotator cuff fatigue) will probably not make his next start. ... RHP Joakim Soria (left oblique strain) felt fine Saturday after a bullpen session Friday. Yost said Soria would likely be activated Monday.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Bartolo Colon is 15-10 with a 4.78 ERA in 29 career starts against the Royals.

Royals: LHP Jason Vargas is 2-7 with an 8.13 ERA in his past 11 starts.

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TwinsMIN74-68
001001000290
RoyalsKC70-71
10000013X5110
  • W: M. Minor (6-6)L: R. Pressly (2-3)S: B. Maurer (22)
  • HR: MIN - E. Escobar (17), B. Buxton (14), KC - A. Gordon (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B50000014.259.346.475.821-0.5
J. Mauer 1B40100011.305.388.420.8080.5
J. Polanco SS30000030.258.315.413.728-1.5
E. Rosario RF40200011.288.327.494.820-0.5
B. Buxton CF31211100.249.313.407.7208.0
M. Kepler RF30100010.245.316.427.7430.5
a- M. Garver PH10000002.212.333.364.6970.0
Z. Granite LF00000000.231.302.256.5590.0
E. Escobar 3B31111110.256.313.446.7596.5
J. Castro C40200003.232.326.367.6922.0
R. Grossman DH10000200.251.374.396.7702.0
  • a-grounded out for Kepler in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B40100003.288.322.464.7860.0
L. Cain CF41300000.298.361.446.8076.0
T. Gore PR01000000.000.000.000.0001.0
P. Orlando CF00000000.164.190.164.3540.0
M. Cabrera RF31010111.293.332.441.7732.5
E. Hosmer 1B31310100.323.389.509.8996.0
S. Perez C40110004.261.290.486.7763.0
M. Moustakas 3B30100102.279.320.541.8612.0
B. Moss DH40000004.197.279.413.6920.0
A. Escobar SS30110000.246.267.340.6083.0
A. Gordon LF31111112.203.285.297.5816.5
    BATTING
    • HR - B. Buxton (14), E. Escobar (17)
    • SH - J. Polanco (6), R. Grossman (2)
    • RBI - B. Buxton (43), E. Escobar (61)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Buxton (16)
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Perez (22), A. Escobar (30)
    • 3B - L. Cain (5)
    • HR - A. Gordon (6)
    • SF - A. Escobar (4)
    • RBI - M. Cabrera (79), E. Hosmer (84), S. Perez (71), A. Escobar (44), A. Gordon (40)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon (13)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - E. Rosario 2 (8)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - W. Merrifield (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - J. Berrios, J. Mauer, B. Dozier, J. Polanco
    FIELDING
    • DP - A. Escobar, W. Merrifield, E. Hosmer
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Berrios7.08222113.941.1712.5
    R. Pressly (L, 2-3)0.01221005.061.13-9.0
    B. Boshers0.01110005.231.35-2.0
    T. Duffey0.01001004.811.32-2.0
    T. Rogers0.10000003.291.290.0
    A. Busenitz0.20000101.820.890.5
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Junis6.18221724.341.3113.5
    M. Minor (W, 6-6)1.21002102.751.037.5
    B. Maurer (S, 22)1.00001006.001.449.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Junis6.1
    M. Minor (W, 6-6)1.2
    B. Maurer (S, 22)1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - T. Duffey (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 94-61, R. Pressly 8-4, B. Boshers 1-1, T. Duffey 1-1, T. Rogers 1-1, A. Busenitz 5-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 8-9
    • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 28, R. Pressly 2, B. Boshers, T. Duffey 2, T. Rogers, A. Busenitz 2
    PITCHING
    • IBB - M. Minor (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 95-65, M. Minor 22-14, B. Maurer 20-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 6-4, M. Minor 3-0, B. Maurer 1-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Junis 26, M. Minor 7, B. Maurer 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TwinsMIN74-68
    001001000290
    RoyalsKC70-71
    10000013X5110
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B50000014.259.346.475.821-0.5
    J. Mauer 1B40100011.305.388.420.8080.5
    J. Polanco SS30000030.258.315.413.728-1.5
    E. Rosario RF40200011.288.327.494.820-0.5
    B. Buxton CF31211100.249.313.407.7208.0
    M. Kepler RF30100010.245.316.427.7430.5
    a- M. Garver PH10000002.212.333.364.6970.0
    Z. Granite LF00000000.231.302.256.5590.0
    E. Escobar 3B31111110.256.313.446.7596.5
    J. Castro C40200003.232.326.367.6922.0
    R. Grossman DH10000200.251.374.396.7702.0
    Total3129224811-----
    • a-grounded out for Kepler in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B40100003.288.322.464.7860.0
    L. Cain CF41300000.298.361.446.8076.0
    T. Gore PR01000000.000.000.000.0001.0
    P. Orlando CF00000000.164.190.164.3540.0
    M. Cabrera RF31010111.293.332.441.7732.5
    E. Hosmer 1B31310100.323.389.509.8996.0
    S. Perez C40110004.261.290.486.7763.0
    M. Moustakas 3B30100102.279.320.541.8612.0
    B. Moss DH40000004.197.279.413.6920.0
    A. Escobar SS30110000.246.267.340.6083.0
    A. Gordon LF31111112.203.285.297.5816.5
    Total31511514216-----
      BATTING
      • HR - B. Buxton (14), E. Escobar (17)
      • SH - J. Polanco (6), R. Grossman (2)
      • RBI - B. Buxton (43), E. Escobar (61)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Buxton (16)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Perez (22), A. Escobar (30)
      • 3B - L. Cain (5)
      • HR - A. Gordon (6)
      • SF - A. Escobar (4)
      • RBI - M. Cabrera (79), E. Hosmer (84), S. Perez (71), A. Escobar (44), A. Gordon (40)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon (13)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - E. Rosario 2 (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - W. Merrifield (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - J. Berrios, J. Mauer, B. Dozier, J. Polanco
      FIELDING
      • DP - A. Escobar, W. Merrifield, E. Hosmer
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios7.08222113.941.1712.5
      R. Pressly (L, 2-3)0.01221005.061.13-9.0
      B. Boshers0.01110005.231.35-2.0
      T. Duffey0.01001004.811.32-2.0
      T. Rogers0.10000003.291.290.0
      A. Busenitz0.20000101.820.890.5
      Total8.01155421---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios7.0
      R. Pressly (L, 2-3)0.0
      B. Boshers0.0
      T. Duffey0.0
      T. Rogers0.1
      A. Busenitz0.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis6.18221724.341.3113.5
      M. Minor (W, 6-6)1.21002102.751.037.5
      B. Maurer (S, 22)1.00001006.001.449.0
      Total9.0922482---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis6.1
      M. Minor (W, 6-6)1.2
      B. Maurer (S, 22)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - T. Duffey (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 94-61, R. Pressly 8-4, B. Boshers 1-1, T. Duffey 1-1, T. Rogers 1-1, A. Busenitz 5-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 8-9
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 28, R. Pressly 2, B. Boshers, T. Duffey 2, T. Rogers, A. Busenitz 2
      PITCHING
      • IBB - M. Minor (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 95-65, M. Minor 22-14, B. Maurer 20-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 6-4, M. Minor 3-0, B. Maurer 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 26, M. Minor 7, B. Maurer 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Escobar hit sacrifice fly to center, Hosmer scored25
        Perez doubled to left, Cabrera scored, Hosmer to third24
        Hosmer singled to center, Gore scored, Cabrera to second23
      • 7TH INNING
        Gordon homered to left22
      • 6TH INNING
        Buxton homered to left21
      • 3RD INNING
        Escobar homered to right11
      • 1ST INNING
        Cabrera grounded out to shortstop, Cain scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Paulo Orlando in center
        • Brandon Maurer relieved Mike Minor
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to second
        • J. Castro: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Castro popped out to third
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mauer singled to shallow right
        • J. Polanco: Foul, Polanco hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Mauer to second
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • B. Buxton: Buxton intentionally walked
        • Mitch Garver hit for Max Kepler
        • M. Garver: Ball, Garver grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Zack Granite in left
        • Ryan Pressly relieved Jose Berrios
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Cain singled to right
        • Terrance Gore ran for Lorenzo Cain
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked, Gore to second
        • Buddy Boshers relieved Ryan Pressly
        • E. Hosmer: Hosmer singled to center, Gore scored, Cabrera to second
        • Tyler Duffey relieved Buddy Boshers
        • S. Perez: Perez doubled to left, Cabrera scored, Hosmer to third
        • M. Moustakas: Moustakas intentionally walked
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Tyler Duffey
        • B. Moss: Moss lined out to right
        • Alan Busenitz relieved Taylor Rogers
        • A. Escobar: Escobar hit sacrifice fly to center, Hosmer scored
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castro singled to right
        • Mike Minor relieved Jake Junis
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked, Castro to second
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dozier grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Grossman out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • B. Moss: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moss grounded out to first
        • A. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon homered to left
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Merrifield singled to left
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield caught stealing, catcher to second
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario singled to center
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rosario caught stealing, catcher to second, Foul, Foul, Buxton homered to left
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Kepler grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • E. Hosmer: Hosmer singled to right
        • S. Perez: Ball, Perez grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Hosmer out at second
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moustakas popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grossman grounded out to second
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier lined out to left
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Merrifield lined out to left
        • L. Cain: Cain lined out to left
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • E. Rosario: Rosario singled to right
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario caught stealing, catcher to second, Buxton singled to shallow left
        • M. Kepler: Kepler singled to right, Buxton to second
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar walked, Buxton to third, Kepler to second
        • J. Castro: Castro flied out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • B. Moss: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moss flied out to left
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar flied out to deep right
        • A. Gordon: Gordon lined out to right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar homered to right
        • J. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Castro singled to shallow center
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Grossman hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Castro to second
        • B. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Dozier struck out on foul tip
        • J. Mauer: Mauer grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Cain singled to center
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Hosmer singled to center, Cain to second
        • S. Perez: Perez flied out to center, Cain to third
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Moustakas grounded out to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to second
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Ball, Buxton fouled out to first
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas singled to right
        • B. Moss: Foul, Ball, Foul, Moss flied out to left
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Escobar doubled to left, Moustakas to third
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Merrifield grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gordon out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dozier lined out to center
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield popped out to second
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Cain tripled to deep right
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop, Cain scored
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Hosmer walked
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Perez grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)