Twins wait through rain delays to beat Royals 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) By the time their series opener against Kansas City concluded, the Minnesota Twins had played almost as much dominoes as baseball.

Play was halted for 1 hour, 31 minutes in the top of the fourth inning and again for 53 minutes in the bottom of the sixth. The game concluded at 12:56 a.m. local time.

When all was said and done, the Twins were rewarded for their patience with a 6-4 win over the Royals in a game that ended early Saturday morning.

''It was a long night,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ''It's a lot easier when you win.''

Jake Cave drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning to score the go-ahead run for the Twins, who held on to win their 50th game of the season.

Minnesota had a one-run lead when heavy rain forced the game's first stoppage. After the delay, Kansas City scored two runs in the top of the fifth off Twins reliever Gabriel Moya (1-0) to take a 4-3 advantage. The Twins responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning against Brian Flynn (2-3), including one on the walk by Cave.

''I just got behind just about everyone it felt like from that second inning on,'' Flynn said.

Minnesota added a run in the sixth before more rain stopped the action once again for nearly an hour.

Players from both sides had time to kill while they waited for a series of storms to pass. Dominoes were a popular way to pass the time, while some players watched other games on TV or stayed loose in the batting cages.

''I think you learn about people when you go through long nights and stopping and playing, stopping and playing,'' Molitor said. ''We just tried to keep it as loose as we could up here in the clubhouse and at the same time remind these guys that we had to finish what we had started.''

The multiple delays forced both teams to dig into their bullpens. Twins starter Jake Odorizzi exited after 3 1/3 innings, while Royals right-hander Heath Fillmyer was limited to three innings in his start. The two teams combined to use nine relievers.

''Just a grind. We just struggled,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''We were behind the counts. It was just a grind for us.''

Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.

Minnesota struck first on Friday with a three-run second inning. Miguel Sano's liner down the third base line bounced off the glove of Hunter Dozier and into foul territory, allowing two Twins runs to score.

Salvador Perez's 19th home run of the year cut Minnesota's lead to 3-2 in the third.

SANTANA RETURNS TO MINNESOTA

For the first time in more than a decade, former Twins ace Johan Santana is back in Minnesota.

Santana made his return to Minneapolis for the weekend as he prepares to be induced into the Twins Hall of Fame on Saturday. The two-time Cy Young winner was joined at Target Field by several former teammates, including Michael Cuddyer, Justin Morneau, Christian Guzman.

While talking about his return, Santana got a bit nostalgic about the Metrodome, the since-demolished former home of the Twins. On the old Metrodome site sits U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings.

''When I saw that, I couldn't believe the Metrodome wasn't there, because that was home,'' Santana said. ''That's where all the magic happened.''

Santana spent eight years with Minnesota before a trade sent him to the Mets. He was 93-44 with a 3.22 ERA during his Twins tenure. He'll be inducted during a pregame ceremony prior to Saturday's game between the Twins and Royals.

TWINS CLAIM TWO OFF WAIVERS

Prior to Friday's game, Minnesota claimed RHP Oliver Drake off waivers from Toronto and INF Johnny Field off waivers from Tampa Bay. Drake will join the Twins on Saturday, while Field will report to Triple-A Rochester. Drake will take the roster spot of Matt Magill, who will be placed on the paternity list.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Burch Smith is making just his fifth start of the year after moving from the bullpen to the rotation in early July. Smith posted a 7.47 ERA in his first four starts this season.

Twins: RHP Jose Berrios is looking to bounce back from his last outing, in which he needed 106 pitches to get through 4 2/3 innings in a loss to Boston.

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KC34-75
0020200004100
MIN50-58
03002100X6110
  • W: G. Moya (1-0)L: B. Flynn (2-3)S: F. Rodney (23)
  • HR: KC - S. Perez (19)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B52300000.301.369.425.7947.0
A. Gordon LF40210021.244.316.353.6702.0
S. Perez C31221001.235.274.441.7149.0
L. Duda 1B30010012.234.306.389.6950.5
R. Herrera RF40100004.266.302.374.6761.0
B. Phillips CF40000031.195.250.366.616-1.5
H. Dozier 3B40100011.209.267.338.6060.5
R. O'Hearn DH40000011.154.313.385.697-0.5
A. Mondesi SS41100021.269.283.413.6961.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B40110111.276.357.369.7252.5
    E. Rosario LF52200014.298.341.498.8383.5
    J. Polanco SS50210012.290.372.390.7623.5
    L. Morrison DH41100023.191.286.376.6621.0
    L. Forsythe 2B31110111.208.273.289.5623.5
    M. Kepler RF11000301.231.322.415.7373.0
    M. Sano 3B41220013.214.281.411.6925.5
    J. Cave CF30110110.275.310.459.7692.5
    M. Garver C40100015.264.343.404.7470.5
      BATTING
      • HR - S. Perez (19)
      • SF - L. Duda (3)
      • RBI - A. Gordon (25), S. Perez 2 (55), L. Duda (39)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez 2 (19)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Polanco (6), M. Sano (12)
      • RBI - J. Mauer (34), J. Polanco (10), L. Forsythe (14), M. Sano 2 (30), J. Cave (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Cave (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (25)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - M. Kepler (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Duda-Perez-Dozier-Merrifield)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Polanco-Forsythe-Mauer)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Fillmyer3.05333303.861.42-0.5
      B. Flynn (L, 2-3)2.15332304.071.64-7.5
      J. Adam0.20001205.671.410.0
      K. McCarthy1.00000103.801.243.5
      B. Maurer1.010000010.692.502.0
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Fillmyer3.0
      B. Flynn (L, 2-3)2.1
      J. Adam0.2
      K. McCarthy1.0
      B. Maurer1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi3.14220214.601.414.0
      G. Moya (W, 1-0)1.24220007.361.454.0
      T. May (H, 1)1.01000304.501.503.5
      T. Hildenberger (H, 15)1.01000203.541.183.0
      T. Rogers (H, 6)1.00000204.091.234.0
      F. Rodney (S, 23)1.00000103.241.3710.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi3.1
      G. Moya (W, 1-0)1.2
      T. May (H, 1)1.0
      T. Hildenberger (H, 15)1.0
      T. Rogers (H, 6)1.0
      F. Rodney (S, 23)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 70-40, B. Flynn 54-28, J. Adam 19-9, K. McCarthy 9-5, B. Maurer 19-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 2-3, B. Flynn 4-0
      • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 16, B. Flynn 14, J. Adam 3, K. McCarthy 2, B. Maurer 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Odorizzi (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 75-49, G. Moya 19-11, T. May 17-13, T. Hildenberger 19-12, T. Rogers 13-9, F. Rodney 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 2-6, G. Moya 2-2, T. Rogers 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 15, G. Moya 8, T. May 4, T. Hildenberger 4, T. Rogers 3, F. Rodney 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      KC34-75
      0020200004100
      MIN50-58
      03002100X6110
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield 2B52300000.301.369.425.7947.0
      A. Gordon LF40210021.244.316.353.6702.0
      S. Perez C31221001.235.274.441.7149.0
      L. Duda 1B30010012.234.306.389.6950.5
      R. Herrera RF40100004.266.302.374.6761.0
      B. Phillips CF40000031.195.250.366.616-1.5
      H. Dozier 3B40100011.209.267.338.6060.5
      R. O'Hearn DH40000011.154.313.385.697-0.5
      A. Mondesi SS41100021.269.283.413.6961.0
      Total354104101012-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Mauer 1B40110111.276.357.369.7252.5
        E. Rosario LF52200014.298.341.498.8383.5
        J. Polanco SS50210012.290.372.390.7623.5
        L. Morrison DH41100023.191.286.376.6621.0
        L. Forsythe 2B31110111.208.273.289.5623.5
        M. Kepler RF11000301.231.322.415.7373.0
        M. Sano 3B41220013.214.281.411.6925.5
        J. Cave CF30110110.275.310.459.7692.5
        M. Garver C40100015.264.343.404.7470.5
        Total33611606920-----
          BATTING
          • HR - S. Perez (19)
          • SF - L. Duda (3)
          • RBI - A. Gordon (25), S. Perez 2 (55), L. Duda (39)
          • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez 2 (19)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Polanco (6), M. Sano (12)
          • RBI - J. Mauer (34), J. Polanco (10), L. Forsythe (14), M. Sano 2 (30), J. Cave (16)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Cave (7)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - W. Merrifield (25)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - M. Kepler (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Duda-Perez-Dozier-Merrifield)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Polanco-Forsythe-Mauer)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          H. Fillmyer3.05333303.861.42-0.5
          B. Flynn (L, 2-3)2.15332304.071.64-7.5
          J. Adam0.20001205.671.410.0
          K. McCarthy1.00000103.801.243.5
          B. Maurer1.010000010.692.502.0
          Total8.01166690---
          PITCHERSIP
          H. Fillmyer3.0
          B. Flynn (L, 2-3)2.1
          J. Adam0.2
          K. McCarthy1.0
          B. Maurer1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Odorizzi3.14220214.601.414.0
          G. Moya (W, 1-0)1.24220007.361.454.0
          T. May (H, 1)1.01000304.501.503.5
          T. Hildenberger (H, 15)1.01000203.541.183.0
          T. Rogers (H, 6)1.00000204.091.234.0
          F. Rodney (S, 23)1.00000103.241.3710.5
          Total9.010440101---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Odorizzi3.1
          G. Moya (W, 1-0)1.2
          T. May (H, 1)1.0
          T. Hildenberger (H, 15)1.0
          T. Rogers (H, 6)1.0
          F. Rodney (S, 23)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 70-40, B. Flynn 54-28, J. Adam 19-9, K. McCarthy 9-5, B. Maurer 19-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 2-3, B. Flynn 4-0
          • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 16, B. Flynn 14, J. Adam 3, K. McCarthy 2, B. Maurer 4
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Odorizzi (7)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 75-49, G. Moya 19-11, T. May 17-13, T. Hildenberger 19-12, T. Rogers 13-9, F. Rodney 11-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 2-6, G. Moya 2-2, T. Rogers 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 15, G. Moya 8, T. May 4, T. Hildenberger 4, T. Rogers 3, F. Rodney 3
          • 6TH INNING
            Polanco doubled to deep left, Rosario scored46
          • 5TH INNING
            Cave walked, Morrison scored, Kepler to third, Sano to second45
            Forsythe grounded out to shortstop, Rosario scored, Morrison to second44
            Duda hit sacrifice fly to right, Merrifield scored43
            Gordon singled to center, Mondesi scored, Merrifield to second33
          • 3RD INNING
            Perez homered to center, Merrifield scored23
          • 2ND INNING
            Mauer singled to center, Sano scored, Cave to third03
            Sano doubled to left, Forsythe and Kepler scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Fernando Rodney relieved Taylor Rogers
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, O'Hearn flied out to left
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield lined out to right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Taylor Rogers relieved Trevor Hildenberger
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Herrera grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Phillips struck out looking
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brandon Maurer relieved Kevin McCarthy
            • M. Garver: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Garver singled to right
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer lined out to left
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Rosario lined out to shortstop
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco flied out to center
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Trevor May
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Merrifield singled to center
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging, Merrifield stole second
            • S. Perez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Perez flied out to shallow right
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Adam Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Kepler walked
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Jason Adam
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
            • J. Cave: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Kepler caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Cave lined out to center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Trevor May relieved Gabriel Moya
            • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dozier singled to center
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Flynn Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Mauer struck out on foul tip
            • E. Rosario: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Rosario singled to right center
            • J. Polanco: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco doubled to deep left, Rosario scored
            • Jason Adam relieved Brian Flynn
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • G. Moya Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn flied out to left
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mondesi reached on an infield single to third
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield singled to center, Mondesi to third
            • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to center, Mondesi scored, Merrifield to second
            • S. Perez: Ball, Perez singled to right, Merrifield to third, Gordon to second
            • L. Duda: Duda hit sacrifice fly to right, Merrifield scored
            • R. Herrera: Herrera grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Flynn Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario singled to left center
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco reached on an infield single to shortstop, Rosario to second
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Morrison reached on fielder's choice to first, Rosario to third, Polanco out at second
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Forsythe grounded out to shortstop, Rosario scored, Morrison to second
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked
            • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Sano reached on an infield single to third, Morrison to third, Kepler to second
            • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cave walked, Morrison scored, Kepler to third, Sano to second
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Herrera singled to right
            • B. Phillips: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Phillips flied out to shallow left
            • Gabriel Moya relieved Jake Odorizzi
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dozier grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Herrera out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Brian Flynn relieved Heath Fillmyer
            • J. Cave: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Garver grounded out to second
            • J. Mauer: Mauer grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mondesi lined out to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield singled to right
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Perez homered to center, Merrifield scored
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Duda grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Polanco popped out to third
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Morrison singled to right
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Forsythe walked, Morrison to second
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler reached on fielder's choice to second, Morrison to third, Forsythe out at second
            • M. Sano: Ball, Sano flied out to center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • B. Phillips: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Dozier fouled out to first
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, O'Hearn lined out to right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Forsythe singled to right
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kepler walked, Forsythe to second
            • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sano doubled to left, Forsythe and Kepler scored
            • J. Cave: Foul, Cave singled to center, Sano to third
            • M. Garver: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Garver lined out to third
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mauer singled to center, Sano scored, Cave to third
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rosario hit into double play first to catcher to third to second, Cave out at home, Mauer to third
            • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield popped out to second
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Strike looking, Gordon reached on an infield single to third
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Perez hit by pitch, Gordon to second
            • L. Duda: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Duda flied out to deep center, Gordon to third
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Herrera grounded into fielder's choice to second, Perez out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • L. Morrison: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)