Royals get first sweep since last summer, beat Twins 5-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Drew Butera hit a tiebreaking, three-run inside-the-park home run when center fielder Jake Cave failed in his attempt to make a diving catch in the seventh inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat Minnesota 5-3 on Sunday to take three in a row from the Twins and complete their first series sweep in a year.

Kansas City had not swept a series since last July 24-26 at Detroit, part of a nine-game winning streak. The Royals, who are 30-68, matched their longest winning streak of the season at three games, set May 22-23 at St. Louis and May 24 at Texas.

With the score 2-2, Lucas Duda singled off Zach Duke (3-4) leading off the seventh and Alcides Escobar walked with two outs. Butera, a slow-footed catcher with no stolen bases in nine major league seasons, hit a liner just to the right-field side of short center. As Cave landed on his stomach, the ball bounced to the warning track, where it was retrieved by right fielder Max Kepler at the base of the wall.

Waved home by third-base coach Mike Jirschele, Butera slid in ahead of second baseman Brian Dozier's throw for the first inside-the-park-homer by a Royals catcher since Brent Mayne on Sept. 22, 1991. The 97th inside-the-park homer in Royals history was the first since Jarrod Dyson's on July 8, 2015.

Brad Keller (3-4) struck out a career-high eight in seven-plus innings, allowing three runs and three hits. He had given up nine runs, 13 hits and nine walks over 6 2/3 innings in his previous two starts.

Kepler's home run leading off the eighth was the first off Keller in 63 1/3 innings. Wily Peralta worked around a two-out walk in the ninth for his fourth save in as many chances.

Twins starter Jake Odorizzi gave up two runs - one earned - and two hits over six innings.

Dozier hit an RBI double in the fourth and scored on Logan Morrison's groundout. Alex Gordon hit a two-run double in the fifth after third baseman Eduardo Escobar, shifted into right field, allowed Duda's grounder to bounce off his wrist for an error.

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Gordon has 500 doubles, and only George Brett, Hal McRae, Frank White and Amos Otis have more with the Royals.

TRADING PLACES

Royals: OF Brian Goodwin was acquired from the Nationals for minor league pitcher Jacob Condra-Bogan. The 27-year-old Goodwin hit .200 in 48 games with Washington.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: RHP Ervin Santana (right middle finger surgery) is to come off the DL and make his season debut Wednesday at Toronto. ''We think that keeping him on his regular turn would be good,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor. Santana allowed one run in six innings Friday for Triple-A Rochester.

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy (oblique strain) likely will miss several turns, ending his streak at eight seasons of 30 or more starts. Kennedy has been limited to cardio activities and no throwing since going back on the DL on July 11.

UP NEXT

Twins: LHP Adalberto Mejia (0-0) is to be recalled from Triple-A Rochester and start Monday at Toronto. He went 5-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 11 starts and three relief appearances in the International League. He lost on June 30 in his only appearance for the Twins this year, allowing four runs in four innings against the Chicago White Sox.

Royals: RHP Heath Fillmyer (0-1) will make his second career start in the series opener against the Tigers.

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KC30-68
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  • W: B. Keller (3-4)L: Z. Duke (3-4)S: W. Peralta (4)
  • HR: MIN - M. Kepler (12), KC - D. Butera (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Mauer DH40000031.278.365.369.734-1.5
E. Rosario LF31000101.309.351.528.8792.0
B. Dozier 2B41110010.225.309.415.7243.5
E. Escobar 3B40100010.272.332.504.8360.5
L. Morrison 1B30010110.191.286.363.6491.5
M. Garver C30000011.246.333.371.705-0.5
a- J. Polanco PH10000011.258.333.371.704-0.5
M. Kepler RF-CF31111000.226.315.410.7246.0
E. Adrianza SS20000120.259.319.401.7200.0
J. Cave CF20000000.289.330.518.8480.0
b- R. Grossman PH-RF10000000.255.335.368.7030.0
  • a-struck out for Garver in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Cave in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B40000022.302.371.424.795-1.0
J. Bonifacio RF40000020.246.343.410.753-1.0
M. Moustakas 3B30000100.245.308.457.7661.0
S. Perez DH40000021.220.259.400.659-1.0
L. Duda 1B31100000.246.314.411.7252.0
R. Herrera CF21000111.237.272.320.5911.5
A. Gordon LF31120001.240.317.343.6605.0
A. Escobar SS11100100.204.256.279.5353.0
D. Butera C31131012.168.240.257.4977.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Dozier (20)
    • HR - M. Kepler (12)
    • RBI - B. Dozier (50), L. Morrison (32), M. Kepler (38)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Gordon (11)
    • HR - D. Butera (2)
    • SH - A. Escobar (4)
    • RBI - A. Gordon 2 (19), D. Butera 3 (13)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Butera 3 (10)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Escobar-Dozier-Morrison)
    • E - E. Escobar (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Odorizzi6.02211804.371.3921.0
    Z. Duke (L, 3-4)0.21221003.751.61-9.0
    T. Hildenberger0.11110013.421.14-2.0
    A. Busenitz1.00001006.232.002.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Odorizzi6.0
    Z. Duke (L, 3-4)0.2
    T. Hildenberger0.1
    A. Busenitz1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Keller (W, 3-4)7.03332813.201.3127.0
    T. Hill (H, 7)1.00000105.591.453.5
    W. Peralta (S, 4)1.00001103.181.509.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Keller (W, 3-4)7.0
    T. Hill (H, 7)1.0
    W. Peralta (S, 4)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 100-67, Z. Duke 20-10, T. Hildenberger 9-6, A. Busenitz 17-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 4-7, Z. Duke 1-1, T. Hildenberger 1-0, A. Busenitz 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 22, Z. Duke 4, T. Hildenberger 2, A. Busenitz 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 99-68, T. Hill 9-8, W. Peralta 16-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 9-4, T. Hill 2-0
    • Batters Faced - B. Keller 26, T. Hill 3, W. Peralta 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    MIN44-53
    000200010331
    KC30-68
    00002030X540
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer DH40000031.278.365.369.734-1.5
    E. Rosario LF31000101.309.351.528.8792.0
    B. Dozier 2B41110010.225.309.415.7243.5
    E. Escobar 3B40100010.272.332.504.8360.5
    L. Morrison 1B30010110.191.286.363.6491.5
    M. Garver C30000011.246.333.371.705-0.5
    a- J. Polanco PH10000011.258.333.371.704-0.5
    M. Kepler RF-CF31111000.226.315.410.7246.0
    E. Adrianza SS20000120.259.319.401.7200.0
    J. Cave CF20000000.289.330.518.8480.0
    b- R. Grossman PH-RF10000000.255.335.368.7030.0
    Total3033313104-----
    HITTERSAB
    J. Mauer DH4
    E. Rosario LF3
    B. Dozier 2B4
    E. Escobar 3B4
    L. Morrison 1B3
    M. Garver C3
    a- J. Polanco PH1
    M. Kepler RF-CF3
    E. Adrianza SS2
    J. Cave CF2
    b- R. Grossman PH-RF1
    Total30
    • a-struck out for Garver in the 9th
    • b-grounded out for Cave in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B40000022.302.371.424.795-1.0
    J. Bonifacio RF40000020.246.343.410.753-1.0
    M. Moustakas 3B30000100.245.308.457.7661.0
    S. Perez DH40000021.220.259.400.659-1.0
    L. Duda 1B31100000.246.314.411.7252.0
    R. Herrera CF21000111.237.272.320.5911.5
    A. Gordon LF31120001.240.317.343.6605.0
    A. Escobar SS11100100.204.256.279.5353.0
    D. Butera C31131012.168.240.257.4977.5
    Total275451387-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Dozier (20)
      • HR - M. Kepler (12)
      • RBI - B. Dozier (50), L. Morrison (32), M. Kepler (38)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Gordon (11)
      • HR - D. Butera (2)
      • SH - A. Escobar (4)
      • RBI - A. Gordon 2 (19), D. Butera 3 (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Butera 3 (10)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Escobar-Dozier-Morrison)
      • E - E. Escobar (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi6.02211804.371.3921.0
      Z. Duke (L, 3-4)0.21221003.751.61-9.0
      T. Hildenberger0.11110013.421.14-2.0
      A. Busenitz1.00001006.232.002.0
      Total8.0454381---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi6.0
      Z. Duke (L, 3-4)0.2
      T. Hildenberger0.1
      A. Busenitz1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller (W, 3-4)7.03332813.201.3127.0
      T. Hill (H, 7)1.00000105.591.453.5
      W. Peralta (S, 4)1.00001103.181.509.5
      Total9.03333101---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller (W, 3-4)7.0
      T. Hill (H, 7)1.0
      W. Peralta (S, 4)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 100-67, Z. Duke 20-10, T. Hildenberger 9-6, A. Busenitz 17-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 4-7, Z. Duke 1-1, T. Hildenberger 1-0, A. Busenitz 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 22, Z. Duke 4, T. Hildenberger 2, A. Busenitz 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 99-68, T. Hill 9-8, W. Peralta 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 9-4, T. Hill 2-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 26, T. Hill 3, W. Peralta 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Kepler homered to right center35
      • 7TH INNING
        Butera homered to center, Gordon and Escobar scored25
      • 5TH INNING
        Gordon doubled to deep left, Duda and Herrera scored22
      • 4TH INNING
        Morrison reached on fielder's choice to second, Dozier scored, Escobar out at second20
        Dozier doubled to deep right center, Rosario scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Wily Peralta relieved Tim Hill
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier popped out to shortstop
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Escobar popped out to third
        • L. Morrison: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked
        • Jorge Polanco hit for Mitch Garver
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler homered to right center
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adrianza walked
        • Tim Hill relieved Brad Keller
        • Robbie Grossman hit for Jake Cave
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Grossman grounded out to second, Adrianza to second
        • Jo. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
        • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Alan Busenitz relieved Trevor Hildenberger
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bonifacio flied out to center
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Moustakas walked
        • S. Perez: Foul, Ball, Perez grounded into double play third to second to first, Moustakas out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to second
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison grounded out to first
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Garver grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Zach Duke relieved Jake Odorizzi
        • L. Duda: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Duda singled to left center
        • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Herrera flied out to center
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon reached on fielder's choice to second, Duda out at second
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar walked, Gordon to second
        • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Zach Duke
        • D. Butera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Butera homered to center, Gordon and Escobar scored
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • Jo. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Mauer struck out on foul tip
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Rosario flied out to deep right
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike swinging, Bonifacio fouled out to first
        • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to second
        • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Kepler grounded out to first
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cave grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • L. Duda: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Duda safe at first on 3rd baseman Escobar fielding error
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Herrera walked, Duda to second
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon doubled to deep left, Duda and Herrera scored
        • A. Escobar: Escobar hit sacrifice bunt to third, Gordon to third
        • D. Butera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Butera popped out to first
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • Jo. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to second
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rosario walked
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier doubled to deep right center, Rosario scored
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Escobar singled to right, Dozier to third
        • L. Morrison: Morrison reached on fielder's choice to second, Dozier scored, Escobar out at second
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas popped out to third
        • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Perez flied out to deep right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Kepler grounded out to first
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
        • J. Cave: Foul, Cave lined out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gordon lined out to left
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar singled to left
        • D. Butera: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Butera struck out on foul tip
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • M. Garver: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Garver lined out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Duda popped out to shortstop
        • R. Herrera: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • Jo. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
        • E. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Dozier: Dozier flied out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield flied out to left
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)