Kansas City splits doubleheader with Minnesota
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mike Moustakas hit his 22nd home run and Alex Gordon connected for a three-run shot as the Kansas City Royals rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat the Minnesota Twins 11-6 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.
Kansas City lost the second game 10-5.
In the opener, Moustakas tied his season high for home runs and matched Jermaine Dye in 2000 for the club record before the All-Star Game.
Alcides Escobar and Brandon Moss, with an estimated 474-foot drive to straightaway center, also homered for the Royals.
Gordon’s homer with Moss, who had three hits, and Escobar aboard in the eighth gave the Royals a cushion.
Salvador Perez hit a two-out, tworun single in a three-run seventh to snap a 6-all tie against Tyler Duffy (0-2). Ramon Torres, who also had three hits, doubled in Whit Merrifield with the first run of the inning.
Mike Minor (4-1), the fourth of six Kansas City pitchers, picked up the victory, permitting one run and striking out four in two innings.
Luke Farrell’s big league debut ended after 22/3 innings. The son of Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell retired only eight of the 18 Twins batters he faced, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks. The 26-year-old right-hander walked Brian Dozier and Robbie Grossman with the bases loaded in the second.
With the blessing of Boston general manager Dave Dombrowski, John Farrell left the Red Sox in Toronto and flew to Kansas City to watch his youngest son make his major league debut.
In the nightcap, Miguel Sano belted a three-run homer, Felix Jorge pitched five-plus solid innings to win his major league debut and the Minnesota Twins held off the Kansas City Royals to salvage a split.
Eddie Rosario went 5-for-5 and scored three runs. Rosario’s single scored Kennys Vargas in a three-run ninth.
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ASTROS 7, YANKEES 6 Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run homer in the fifth before his two-RBI double put Houston on top in a four-run eighth inning as the Astros rallied for a victory over the New York Yankees.
RANGERS 10, WHITE SOX 4 Cole Hamels overcame a shaky start to win for the first time since April, and the Texas Rangers hit three home runs Saturday in a victory over the Chicago White Sox.
CARDINALS 2, NATIONALS 1 Alex Mejia’s first two major league hits — including an eighth-inning home run — were the difference as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Washington Nationals.