Kansas City splits dou­ble­header with Min­nesota

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

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.

RED SOX 7, BLUE JAYS 1 Chris Sale pitched seven shutout in­nings to win his third straight de­ci­sion, Xan­der Bo­gaerts had three RBIs and the Bos­ton Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays.

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.

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