Moustakas drives in 4 as Royals hold on to beat Twins 11-8

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Mike Moustakas helped the Kansas City Royals take a nine-run lead in the second inning. They nearly gave it all away.

Moustakas homered, doubled and drove in four runs in the first two innings, Jorge Soler went 4 for 5 with a home run, but the Royals nearly blew the big lead before holding on for a 11-8 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

Moustakas' double in the first scored Jon Jay and Alcides Escobar. Moustakas' 12th homer was a towering two-run shot in the second that just made it into the front row of the right-field seats and barely fair.

According to Statcast, it had a 46-degree launch angle, the highest in the majors this season, and carried 339 feet.

''I knew I hit it good, but I just wasn't sure if it would stay fair and if it was going to go far enough,'' Moustakas said. ''That was a high one for sure.''

The Royals sent 11 men to the plate in a seven-run second to build a 9-0 lead. Soler nearly had a two-run homer in the inning, but after a review it was changed to a run-producing double. The second inning also included Ryan Goins' two-run triple.

Every Royals starter had scored in the first two innings, but it almost wasn't enough.

''We just couldn't slow them down,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''We weren't throwing strikes. We were leaving balls up. They just kept adding on, adding on, adding on.''

The Twins chipped away at the Royals' lead, including bases-empty home runs by Brian Dozier and Ehrie Adrianza in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively.

''We fought back and then getting right back in the dugout,'' Dozier said. ''We were right where we needed to be as far as momentum shifting our way. We just couldn't capitalize on it.''

Miguel Sano hit a two-run double in the Twins' four-run sixth and scored on Eduardo Escobar's two-out single, cutting the Royals' lead to 9-8. Brian Flynn then struck out Max Kepler to end the sixth with runners on second and third, preserving the Royals' lead.

Sano had a RBI single in the third and has hit in 17 consecutive games against the Royals with 30 RBIs in that span.

Hunter Dozier led off the Kansas City seventh with his first career home run. Soler homered in the eighth for his fourth hit, matching his career high.

Kevin McCarthy (4-2), the fifth of seven Kansas City pitchers, retired all four batters he faced and earned the victory.

''I didn't want to use McCarthy today,'' Yost said. ''He's been in four out of five, but we were at the point we had to. He came in and did a phenomenal job.''

Kelvin Herrera protected the lead with a spotless ninth for his 12th save.

Twins rookie right-hander Fernando Romero (3-2) retired only five of the 15 batters he faced. Romero allowed eight runs and nine hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly. His ERA jumped from 1.88 to 4.15.

''They were jumping me from the first pitch,'' Romero said. ''They were just hitting everything.''

Jay singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Jay finished May with a .368 average and leads the majors with 43 hits in the month.

ONE MORE OUT

Several Royals players began walking off the field in the fifth after turning a double play. The only problem was there were only two outs.

ROSTER MOVES

Twins: RHP Aaron Slegers was recalled from Triple-A Rochester. He came in after Romero's early exit and allowed two runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings. The Twins optioned Slegers back down to Rochester after the game.

Royals: RHP Trevor Oaks was recalled from Triple-A Omaha. He gave up three runs and five hits and a walk over 1 2/3 innings in his second big league appearance.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: CF Byron Buxton (fractured left toe) went back on the disabled list with the toe still impeding his game. ... RHP Ervin Santana (hand) was recalled from his minor league rehab assignment with swelling and having trouble gripping the ball. He will be re-examined.

Royals: RHP Blaine Boyer (strained back) was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Boyer was 2-0, but had an 11.76 ERA in 20 relief appearances.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Jake Odorizzi is the scheduled starter as the Twins open a four-game series with AL Central leader Cleveland at Target Field. RHP Shane Bieber will start for the Indians, making his big league debut.

Royals: They have Thursday off before beginning a three-game series Friday with Oakland. Kansas City RHP Ian Kennedy will start the opener.

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123456789RHE
MIN22-29
0011240008110
KC20-36
27000011X11160
  • W: K. McCarthy (4-2)L: F. Romero (2-2)S: K. Herrera (12)
  • HR: MIN - E. Adrianza (1), B. Dozier (8), KC - M. Moustakas (12), J. Soler (8), H. Dozier (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B42111101.237.311.408.7188.0
E. Rosario LF41200101.305.332.522.8544.0
M. Sano DH51230022.208.280.434.7146.0
L. Morrison 1B31100201.197.319.344.6635.0
E. Escobar 3B50220012.261.316.468.7843.5
M. Kepler RF41000123.247.333.473.8061.0
R. LaMarre CF40000031.262.326.262.588-1.5
E. Adrianza SS41221010.234.291.336.6278.5
B. Wilson C41100001.147.184.324.5083.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jay DH31110100.307.365.362.7284.0
    A. Escobar SS51100012.230.283.315.5981.5
    M. Moustakas 3B51241010.280.331.518.84910.5
    S. Perez C51200000.247.287.473.7593.0
    J. Soler RF52421002.278.372.481.85312.0
    A. Gordon LF51110014.275.329.383.7124.5
    H. Dozier 1B32211112.264.339.396.7358.5
    R. Goins 2B41220012.260.289.342.6326.5
    A. Almonte CF41100011.211.260.322.5833.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Sano (6), L. Morrison (8), E. Adrianza (8), B. Wilson (3)
      • HR - B. Dozier (8), E. Adrianza
      • RBI - B. Dozier (21), M. Sano 3 (20), E. Escobar 2 (25), E. Adrianza 2 (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Sano 3 (4), E. Escobar 2 (13), E. Adrianza
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moustakas (14), J. Soler (14)
      • 3B - R. Goins
      • HR - M. Moustakas (12), J. Soler (8), H. Dozier
      • SF - J. Jay (2)
      • RBI - J. Jay (15), M. Moustakas 4 (39), J. Soler 2 (25), A. Gordon (11), H. Dozier (4), R. Goins 2 (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas 2 (12), J. Soler 2 (7), A. Gordon (3), R. Goins 2 (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Gordon (3), A. Almonte (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Moustakas-Goins-Dozier)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Romero (L, 2-2)1.29881114.151.38-19.5
      A. Slegers5.16221313.381.317.5
      R. Pressly1.01110212.221.272.0
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Romero (L, 2-2)1.2
      A. Slegers5.1
      R. Pressly1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller3.03111302.131.115.5
      T. Oaks1.253311110.802.85-5.5
      B. Smith1.02442116.121.60-4.5
      B. Flynn (H, 2)0.11001104.001.70-1.5
      K. McCarthy (W, 4-2)1.10000102.661.0110.5
      T. Hill (H, 5)0.20000102.601.150.5
      K. Herrera (S, 12)1.00000100.830.7410.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller3.0
      T. Oaks1.2
      B. Smith1.0
      B. Flynn (H, 2)0.1
      K. McCarthy (W, 4-2)1.1
      T. Hill (H, 5)0.2
      K. Herrera (S, 12)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Romero 52-35, A. Slegers 83-57, R. Pressly 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Romero 3-1, A. Slegers 6-7, R. Pressly 1-0
      • Batters Faced - F. Romero 15, A. Slegers 23, R. Pressly 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Keller (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 51-29, T. Oaks 46-29, B. Smith 33-18, B. Flynn 13-6, K. McCarthy 12-8, T. Hill 5-4, K. Herrera 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 5-1, T. Oaks 2-1, B. Smith 1-1, K. McCarthy 2-1, T. Hill 1-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 13, T. Oaks 10, B. Smith 7, B. Flynn 3, K. McCarthy 4, T. Hill 2, K. Herrera 3
      • Balks - B. Smith
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
      123456789RHE
      MIN22-29
      0011240008110
      KC20-36
      27000011X11160
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Dozier 2B42111101.237.311.408.7188.0
      E. Rosario LF41200101.305.332.522.8544.0
      M. Sano DH51230022.208.280.434.7146.0
      L. Morrison 1B31100201.197.319.344.6635.0
      E. Escobar 3B50220012.261.316.468.7843.5
      M. Kepler RF41000123.247.333.473.8061.0
      R. LaMarre CF40000031.262.326.262.588-1.5
      E. Adrianza SS41221010.234.291.336.6278.5
      B. Wilson C41100001.147.184.324.5083.0
      Total37811825912-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Jay DH31110100.307.365.362.7284.0
        A. Escobar SS51100012.230.283.315.5981.5
        M. Moustakas 3B51241010.280.331.518.84910.5
        S. Perez C51200000.247.287.473.7593.0
        J. Soler RF52421002.278.372.481.85312.0
        A. Gordon LF51110014.275.329.383.7124.5
        H. Dozier 1B32211112.264.339.396.7358.5
        R. Goins 2B41220012.260.289.342.6326.5
        A. Almonte CF41100011.211.260.322.5833.5
        Total3911161132613-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Sano (6), L. Morrison (8), E. Adrianza (8), B. Wilson (3)
          • HR - B. Dozier (8), E. Adrianza
          • RBI - B. Dozier (21), M. Sano 3 (20), E. Escobar 2 (25), E. Adrianza 2 (7)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Sano 3 (4), E. Escobar 2 (13), E. Adrianza
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Moustakas (14), J. Soler (14)
          • 3B - R. Goins
          • HR - M. Moustakas (12), J. Soler (8), H. Dozier
          • SF - J. Jay (2)
          • RBI - J. Jay (15), M. Moustakas 4 (39), J. Soler 2 (25), A. Gordon (11), H. Dozier (4), R. Goins 2 (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas 2 (12), J. Soler 2 (7), A. Gordon (3), R. Goins 2 (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Gordon (3), A. Almonte (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Moustakas-Goins-Dozier)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          F. Romero (L, 2-2)1.29881114.151.38-19.5
          A. Slegers5.16221313.381.317.5
          R. Pressly1.01110212.221.272.0
          Total8.0161111263---
          PITCHERSIP
          F. Romero (L, 2-2)1.2
          A. Slegers5.1
          R. Pressly1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Keller3.03111302.131.115.5
          T. Oaks1.253311110.802.85-5.5
          B. Smith1.02442116.121.60-4.5
          B. Flynn (H, 2)0.11001104.001.70-1.5
          K. McCarthy (W, 4-2)1.10000102.661.0110.5
          T. Hill (H, 5)0.20000102.601.150.5
          K. Herrera (S, 12)1.00000100.830.7410.5
          Total9.01188592---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Keller3.0
          T. Oaks1.2
          B. Smith1.0
          B. Flynn (H, 2)0.1
          K. McCarthy (W, 4-2)1.1
          T. Hill (H, 5)0.2
          K. Herrera (S, 12)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - F. Romero 52-35, A. Slegers 83-57, R. Pressly 13-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Romero 3-1, A. Slegers 6-7, R. Pressly 1-0
          • Batters Faced - F. Romero 15, A. Slegers 23, R. Pressly 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - B. Keller (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 51-29, T. Oaks 46-29, B. Smith 33-18, B. Flynn 13-6, K. McCarthy 12-8, T. Hill 5-4, K. Herrera 9-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 5-1, T. Oaks 2-1, B. Smith 1-1, K. McCarthy 2-1, T. Hill 1-0
          • Batters Faced - B. Keller 13, T. Oaks 10, B. Smith 7, B. Flynn 3, K. McCarthy 4, T. Hill 2, K. Herrera 3
          • Balks - B. Smith
          • 8TH INNING
            Soler homered to left811
          • 7TH INNING
            Dozier homered to left810
          • 6TH INNING
            Escobar singled to center, Sano scored, Morrison to third, Escobar to second89
            Sano doubled to left, Dozier and Rosario scored79
            Adrianza homered to right center59
          • 5TH INNING
            Escobar singled to right, Morrison scored49
            Dozier homered to center39
          • 4TH INNING
            Adrianza doubled to deep center, Kepler scored29
          • 3RD INNING
            Sano singled to center, Wilson scored19
          • 2ND INNING
            Goins tripled to deep right center, Gordon and Dozier scored09
            Gordon singled to center, Soler scored07
            Soler doubled to deep center, Perez scored06
            Moustakas homered to right, Almonte scored05
            Jay hit sacrifice fly to center, Goins scored03
          • 1ST INNING
            Moustakas doubled to left, Jay and Escobar scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Kelvin Herrera relieved Tim Hill
            • L. Morrison: Morrison flied out to left
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kepler flied out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • K. McCarthy Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
            • Tim Hill relieved Kevin McCarthy
            • E. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ryan Pressly relieved Aaron Slegers
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Soler: Soler homered to left
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Brian Flynn
            • R. LaMarre: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, LaMarre struck out swinging
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Adrianza flied out to left
            • B. Wilson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Wilson grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Slegers Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Dozier homered to left
            • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
            • A. Almonte: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Almonte grounded out to second
            • J. Jay: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jay singled to left
            • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Escobar grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • R. LaMarre: LaMarre flied out to center
            • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Adrianza homered to right center
            • B. Wilson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Wilson grounded out to third
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked, Dozier to second
            • M. Sano: Sano doubled to left, Dozier and Rosario scored
            • Brian Flynn relieved Burch Smith
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Escobar singled to center, Sano scored, Morrison to third, Escobar to second
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Slegers Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Moustakas fouled out to catcher
            • S. Perez: Perez popped out to first
            • J. Soler: Soler singled to left
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Gordon grounded out to first
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • T. Oaks Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Dozier homered to center
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rosario reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • M. Sano: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sano grounded into double play third to second to first, Rosario out at second
            • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison doubled to deep center
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar singled to right, Morrison scored
            • Burch Smith relieved Trevor Oaks
            • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Escobar to second on balk, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Slegers Pitching:
            • A. Almonte: Almonte fouled out to third
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Jay grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Escobar flied out to right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Trevor Oaks relieved Brad Keller
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Escobar fouled out to left
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kepler walked
            • R. LaMarre: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, LaMarre struck out looking
            • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Adrianza doubled to deep center, Kepler scored
            • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Wilson grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Slegers Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez flied out to deep right
            • J. Soler: Soler singled to center
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon lined out to center
            • H. Dozier: Dozier singled to left, Soler to second
            • R. Goins: Ball, Goins grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Wilson doubled to deep center
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Dozier popped out to second
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rosario grounded out to second, Wilson to third
            • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Sano singled to center, Wilson scored
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Morrison grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Slegers Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jay flied out to left
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Kepler grounded out to second
            • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, LaMarre struck out swinging
            • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Romero Pitching:
            • R. Goins: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Goins singled to center
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Almonte singled to right, Goins to third
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay hit sacrifice fly to center, Goins scored
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Almonte stole second, Escobar grounded out to third
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Moustakas homered to right, Almonte scored
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez singled to center
            • J. Soler: Soler doubled to deep center, Perez scored
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon singled to center, Soler scored
            • Aaron Slegers relieved Fernando Romero
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gordon stole second, Ball, Dozier walked
            • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goins tripled to deep right center, Gordon and Dozier scored
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (7 Runs, 7 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier grounded out to third
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario singled to right
            • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Rosario to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked
            • E. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • F. Romero Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jay walked
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Escobar singled to center, Jay to second
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Foul, Moustakas doubled to left, Jay and Escobar scored
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Perez singled to left, Moustakas to third
            • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Soler grounded out to catcher, Perez to second
            • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to first
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)