Royals snap 10-game skid with 9-4 win over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Kansas City Royals finally bunched together some runs to end a lengthy losing streak.

Adalberto Mondesi had a three-run homer and a career-high four RBIs, and Kansas City snapped a 10-game skid with a 9-4 win over Minnesota on Tuesday night.

The Royals scored more than five runs for the first time since June 4 and improved to 26-65 overall, percentage points ahead of Baltimore to avoid owning baseball's worst record.

Mondesi went deep in the second inning and added an RBI single in the sixth. The middle infielder entered with just six RBIs in 17 games this year. He also impressed his manager by drawing just his second walk of the year and making several key defensive plays.

''It's fun to watch Mondy,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He jumped on a high fastball. Another big base hit. The double play that he turned was huge at that point.''

Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy made his first start since landing on the disabled list with a strained left oblique. He pitched just three innings after experiencing a recurrence of left side tightness.

Kennedy will have an MRI on Wednesday. He said Tuesday's injury was in a different location than the oblique strain that landed him on the DL.

''All week, the last 10 days, everything has been getting better,'' Kennedy said. ''It felt great all night, and then all of a sudden I felt something at the bottom of my ribs. ... It's just aggravating.''

Yost said Kennedy will not make his next scheduled start on Sunday.

Kennedy was looking for his first win since April 7 but failed to qualify. The right-hander gave up two runs and five hits while striking out three. He has gone 16 starts since his last victory.

Brian Flynn (1-1) allowed one hit in four innings of relief to pick up the win. Kansas City needed innings from the bullpen after Kennedy's early exit, and Flynn and Jason Hammel delivered.

''It was a lot of fun tonight,'' Flynn said. ''We've been waiting for this one.''

Twins starter Aaron Slegers (1-1) allowed five runs and got just four outs in his second start of the year. His first start yielded a win with six sharp innings against Baltimore five days earlier.

Tuesday's performance was a stark contrast from that game for Slegers.

''They're an aggressive team. I knew that going in,'' Slegers said. ''Some of my pitches caught a little too much of the plate and even others that didn't, they found a way to get the bat on the ball and found holes.''

Brian Dozier drove in the game's first run for Minnesota with a solo homer in the first. Eduardo Escobar plated the Twins' second run with a single in the third.

Minnesota scratched across two runs in the ninth with the game already out of hand, ending a five-game winning streak.

''Everybody is trying to stay positive,'' Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario said. ''But nothing's changed from the winning streak. It was a bad game.''

BACHELORETTE HELPS OUT TWINS

Becca Kufrin, star of ABC's ''The Bachelorette,'' threw out the first pitch before Tuesday's game. Kufrin, a Minnesota native, was at Target Field to help the Twins promote Eddie Rosario's campaign for the MLB All-Star Game's Final Vote.

Rosario is one of five AL finalists for the Final Vote spot, and the Twins have taken a page from the popular TV show by using the slogan ''Accept This Rosie.'' He caught the first pitch from Kufrin and offered her a rose.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: RHP Ervin Santana (60-day DL, finger surgery) started Tuesday for Double-A Chattanooga as part of his rehab assignment. He allowed two runs on two hits and struck out six in five innings. Santana is expected to be moved up to Triple-A Rochester for his next rehab start Sunday.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Burch Smith (0-0, 5.40 ERA) will be making his first start of the season after appearing in 24 games as a reliever. It will be the first major league start for Smith since 2013 with San Diego.

Twins: RHP Lance Lynn (6-7, 5.21) is coming off a start in which he allowed just one run in six innings against Baltimore. Lynn earned the victory in his first meeting against the Royals this year, holding Kansas City to two runs in eight innings back on May 28.

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KC26-65
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MIN40-49
101000002490
  • W: B. Flynn (1-1)L: A. Slegers (1-1)
  • HR: KC - A. Gordon (6), A. Mondesi (2), MIN - B. Dozier (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B32200210.306.375.435.8107.5
R. Herrera RF40110004.250.272.341.6133.0
M. Moustakas 3B50100015.251.306.460.7670.5
S. Perez C50110021.213.254.375.6291.0
L. Duda DH51200011.240.303.410.7132.5
H. Dozier 1B52210021.213.271.341.6136.0
A. Gordon LF42221101.251.329.355.68410.0
A. Escobar CF41200011.199.246.278.5242.5
A. Almonte CF10000000.179.260.284.5440.0
A. Mondesi SS41241101.230.254.393.64712.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B50100002.266.357.351.7081.0
    E. Rosario LF30100110.300.341.530.8711.5
    B. Dozier 2B41111023.223.308.409.7175.0
    E. Escobar 3B40110011.275.330.523.8531.5
    L. Morrison DH40100012.193.288.359.6471.5
    J. Polanco SS31100100.250.351.313.6643.0
    M. Kepler RF-CF41110021.230.312.410.7224.0
    M. Garver C20000102.258.331.380.7121.0
    a- W. Astudillo PH10000001.333.333.467.8000.0
    J. Cave CF21100011.286.318.492.8101.5
    b- R. Grossman PH-RF20110001.240.320.351.6712.0
    • a-fouled out for Garver in the 9th
    • b-grounded into a double play for Cave in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Merrifield 2 (29)
    • 3B - H. Dozier
    • HR - A. Gordon (6), A. Mondesi (2)
    • RBI - R. Herrera (8), S. Perez (35), H. Dozier (12), A. Gordon 2 (17), A. Mondesi 4 (10)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez (8), A. Mondesi (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - L. Morrison (13)
    • 3B - M. Kepler (3)
    • HR - B. Dozier (14)
    • RBI - B. Dozier (39), E. Escobar (54), M. Kepler (34), R. Grossman (26)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier (16), E. Escobar (25), R. Grossman (13)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Mondesi (5)
    • CS - A. Mondesi (2)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon (8)
    • DP - 2 (Moustakas-Dozier; Mondesi-Merrifield-Dozier)
    • E - W. Merrifield (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Dozier-Polanco-Mauer)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    I. Kennedy3.05221315.131.442.5
    B. Flynn (W, 1-1)4.01002303.711.6017.5
    J. Hammel2.03220206.211.612.0
    PITCHERSIP
    I. Kennedy3.0
    B. Flynn (W, 1-1)4.0
    J. Hammel2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Slegers (L, 1-1)1.17550015.681.42-14.0
    T. Rogers2.10001204.061.196.0
    M. Magill2.03111203.571.162.0
    M. Belisle1.11001205.821.382.0
    Z. Duke1.01001102.811.471.5
    A. Reed1.03330114.831.44-2.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Slegers (L, 1-1)1.1
    T. Rogers2.1
    M. Magill2.0
    M. Belisle1.1
    Z. Duke1.0
    A. Reed1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 67-37, B. Flynn 53-29, J. Hammel 31-23
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 1-4, B. Flynn 5-3, J. Hammel 1-3
    • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 14, B. Flynn 14, J. Hammel 9
    PITCHING
    • HBP - Z. Duke (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Slegers 41-27, T. Rogers 37-22, M. Magill 44-27, M. Belisle 29-18, Z. Duke 27-15, A. Reed 19-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Rogers 3-1, M. Magill 1-2, M. Belisle 2-0, Z. Duke 1-1
    • Batters Faced - A. Slegers 11, T. Rogers 7, M. Magill 9, M. Belisle 6, Z. Duke 6, A. Reed 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    KC26-65
    1400010039151
    MIN40-49
    101000002490
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B32200210.306.375.435.8107.5
    R. Herrera RF40110004.250.272.341.6133.0
    M. Moustakas 3B50100015.251.306.460.7670.5
    S. Perez C50110021.213.254.375.6291.0
    L. Duda DH51200011.240.303.410.7132.5
    H. Dozier 1B52210021.213.271.341.6136.0
    A. Gordon LF42221101.251.329.355.68410.0
    A. Escobar CF41200011.199.246.278.5242.5
    A. Almonte CF10000000.179.260.284.5440.0
    A. Mondesi SS41241101.230.254.393.64712.0
    Total40915924815-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Mauer 1B50100002.266.357.351.7081.0
      E. Rosario LF30100110.300.341.530.8711.5
      B. Dozier 2B41111023.223.308.409.7175.0
      E. Escobar 3B40110011.275.330.523.8531.5
      L. Morrison DH40100012.193.288.359.6471.5
      J. Polanco SS31100100.250.351.313.6643.0
      M. Kepler RF-CF41110021.230.312.410.7224.0
      M. Garver C20000102.258.331.380.7121.0
      a- W. Astudillo PH10000001.333.333.467.8000.0
      J. Cave CF21100011.286.318.492.8101.5
      b- R. Grossman PH-RF20110001.240.320.351.6712.0
      Total3449413814-----
      HITTERSAB
      J. Mauer 1B5
      E. Rosario LF3
      B. Dozier 2B4
      E. Escobar 3B4
      L. Morrison DH4
      J. Polanco SS3
      M. Kepler RF-CF4
      M. Garver C2
      a- W. Astudillo PH1
      J. Cave CF2
      b- R. Grossman PH-RF2
      Total34
      • a-fouled out for Garver in the 9th
      • b-grounded into a double play for Cave in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield 2 (29)
      • 3B - H. Dozier
      • HR - A. Gordon (6), A. Mondesi (2)
      • RBI - R. Herrera (8), S. Perez (35), H. Dozier (12), A. Gordon 2 (17), A. Mondesi 4 (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez (8), A. Mondesi (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Morrison (13)
      • 3B - M. Kepler (3)
      • HR - B. Dozier (14)
      • RBI - B. Dozier (39), E. Escobar (54), M. Kepler (34), R. Grossman (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier (16), E. Escobar (25), R. Grossman (13)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Mondesi (5)
      • CS - A. Mondesi (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon (8)
      • DP - 2 (Moustakas-Dozier; Mondesi-Merrifield-Dozier)
      • E - W. Merrifield (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Dozier-Polanco-Mauer)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Kennedy3.05221315.131.442.5
      B. Flynn (W, 1-1)4.01002303.711.6017.5
      J. Hammel2.03220206.211.612.0
      Total9.0944381---
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Kennedy3.0
      B. Flynn (W, 1-1)4.0
      J. Hammel2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Slegers (L, 1-1)1.17550015.681.42-14.0
      T. Rogers2.10001204.061.196.0
      M. Magill2.03111203.571.162.0
      M. Belisle1.11001205.821.382.0
      Z. Duke1.01001102.811.471.5
      A. Reed1.03330114.831.44-2.5
      Total9.01599482---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Slegers (L, 1-1)1.1
      T. Rogers2.1
      M. Magill2.0
      M. Belisle1.1
      Z. Duke1.0
      A. Reed1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 67-37, B. Flynn 53-29, J. Hammel 31-23
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 1-4, B. Flynn 5-3, J. Hammel 1-3
      • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 14, B. Flynn 14, J. Hammel 9
      PITCHING
      • HBP - Z. Duke (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Slegers 41-27, T. Rogers 37-22, M. Magill 44-27, M. Belisle 29-18, Z. Duke 27-15, A. Reed 19-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Rogers 3-1, M. Magill 1-2, M. Belisle 2-0, Z. Duke 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Slegers 11, T. Rogers 7, M. Magill 9, M. Belisle 6, Z. Duke 6, A. Reed 6
      • 9TH INNING
        Grossman singled to left, Kepler scored94
        Kepler tripled to right, Polanco scored93
        Gordon homered to right, Dozier scored92
        Dozier tripled to center, Duda scored72
      • 6TH INNING
        Mondesi singled to shallow center, Gordon scored, Escobar to third62
      • 3RD INNING
        Escobar singled to shallow right, Cave scored, Rosario to third52
      • 2ND INNING
        Herrera singled to right center, Merrifield scored51
        Mondesi homered to right, Dozier and Escobar scored41
      • 1ST INNING
        Dozier homered to left11
        Perez singled to deep left, Merrifield scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Addison Reed relieved Zach Duke
        • S. Perez: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Duda singled to right
        • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Dozier tripled to center, Duda scored
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon homered to right, Dozier scored
        • A. Almonte: Ball, Ball, Almonte lined out to third
        • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Mondesi fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Morrison flied out to right
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Polanco singled to right
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler tripled to right, Polanco scored
        • Willians Astudillo hit for Mitch Garver
        • W. Astudillo: Foul, Astudillo fouled out to second
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Grossman singled to left, Kepler scored
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to second
        • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Zach Duke relieved Matt Belisle
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Gordon singled to right
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar lined out to right
        • A. Mondesi: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Mondesi reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gordon out at second
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield walked, Mondesi to second
        • R. Herrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Herrera hit by pitch, Mondesi to third, Merrifield to second
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Abraham Almonte in center field
        • Jason Hammel relieved Brian Flynn
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
        • E. Escobar: Escobar flied out to deep left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Belisle Pitching:
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Moustakas grounded out to third
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Duda singled to shallow right
        • H. Dozier: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Flynn Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garver walked
        • Robbie Grossman hit for Jake Cave
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Grossman grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Garver out at second
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mauer flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Magill Pitching:
        • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Duda lined out to right
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Dozier struck out on foul tip
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gordon walked
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Escobar reached on an infield single to third, Gordon to second
        • A. Mondesi: Mondesi singled to shallow center, Gordon scored, Escobar to third
        • Matt Belisle relieved Matt Magill
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mondesi stole second, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Herrera grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Flynn Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Morrison struck out looking
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco flied out to right
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Magill Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Herrera grounded out to first
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Moustakas singled to shallow center
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Perez lined out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Flynn Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mauer singled to shallow center
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked, Mauer to second
        • B. Dozier: Dozier grounded into double play third to first, Mauer out at third, Rosario to second
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Rogers Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon popped out to second
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • A. Mondesi: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mondesi walked
        • Matt Magill relieved Taylor Rogers
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi caught stealing, catcher to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Brian Flynn relieved Ian Kennedy
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco grounded out to second
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler safe at first on 2nd baseman Merrifield fielding error
        • M. Garver: Ball, Garver popped out to first
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Rogers Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Perez grounded out to third
        • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • J. Cave: Ball, Cave singled to shallow center
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mauer flied out to center
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario singled to shallow center, Cave to second
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • E. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Escobar singled to shallow right, Cave scored, Rosario to third
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Morrison lined out to left
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Slegers Pitching:
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • A. Gordon: Gordon flied out to center
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Escobar singled to shallow right, Dozier to second
        • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mondesi homered to right, Dozier and Escobar scored
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Merrifield doubled to deep left
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Herrera singled to right center, Merrifield scored
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Aaron Slegers
        • M. Moustakas: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Herrera out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Morrison doubled to deep left, Morrison out at third
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Kepler struck out on foul tip
        • M. Garver: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Garver fouled out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Slegers Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield doubled to right
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Herrera flied out to left
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moustakas popped out to shortstop
        • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Perez singled to deep left, Merrifield scored
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Duda popped out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario flied out to deep center
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Dozier homered to left
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Escobar struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)