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Royals Top Twins, Take the Series

-Royals (5-3) dodged the rain to the take the second of three against Minnesota, 7-4.

-Jeremy Guthrie improved to 2-0, but things didn't look great early on. The righty allowed a solo home run to Joe Mauer in the first inning, but nothing else while working with a tight strike zone from the home plate umpire.

-The Royals offense didn't allow Guthrie to hang his head, exploding for five runs in the first frame.

-Alex Gordon (2-for-4) opened the inning with a single. Alcides Escobar (3-for-4) followed with a bloop to shallow left field that feel between the left fielder and shortstop, putting runners on first and second. Billy Butler (2-for-4) drove Gordon in with a double to left field. The sweet swings continued with Mike Moustakas' (1-for-4) smooth poke to right, plating Escobar. Salvador Perez (1-for-4) hit a fly ball to center that popped out of the glove of a diving Darin Mastroianni, going for a double and scoring Butler. Eric Hosmer (1-for-4) completed the scoring with an RBI ground-out. The Royals led 5-1 after the first inning.

-Guthrie returned to the hill with a four run lead, but allowed a lead-off double to Trevor Plouffe. He would eventually score on a two-out RBI single from Eduardo Escobar. 

-Like the first inning, the Royals offense had Guthrie's back again in the second. Gordon led-off the inning with a triple to the right field corner. He was knocked in by Escobar after an eight-pitch battle with Twins starter Mike Pelfrey. The Royals led 6-2 after two innings.

-Guthrie gave up another home run in the third. Josh Willingham blasted a 2-1 offering over the left field wall, but as has been the case with Guthrie, he limited the damage and held the Twins in check for the rest of the 3rd & 4th innings.

-Jeff Francoeur (1-for-4) became the seventh Royal to collect an RBI with his 3rd inning double to the center field wall, scoring Hosmer who led off the frame with a single. The Royals led 7-3 after three innings.

-Guthrie gave a run back in the 5th. Minnesota's 9th hitter, shortstop Eduardo Escobar, hit his first career home run on a 92 mph heater that was left up on a full count. Guthrie would leave after 6.2 innings with a 7-4 lead. His final line shows four runs on six hits, two strikeouts and one walk. 

-The Royals offense was mostly silent over the final five innings, outside of a two-out double from Lorenzo Cain (2-for-4). 

-Tim Collins faced the minimum in his inning and a third of work. He allowed just one hit, but an inning-ending double play got him out of the 7th.

-The rain started to fall heavily at the K in the 7th inning. It was pouring when Ned Yost send Greg Holland to the hill to close it out. Holland got Plouffe to fly out to open the 9th. He then went walk, strikeout, single, walk. The rain was falling, the bases were loaded and Joe Mauer stepped to the plate. The former A.L. MVP struck out on a 1-2 pitch, ending the game. Holland collected his second save of the season.

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People : Alex GordonBilly ButlerDarin MastroianniEduardo EscobarEric HosmerGreg HollandJeff FrancoeurJeremy GuthrieJoe MauerJosh WillinghamLorenzo CainMike MoustakasMike PelfreyNed YostSalvador PerezTim CollinsTrevor Plouffe

04/09/2013 11:38PM
Royals Top Twins, Take the Series
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