At first, it was all Royals. And really, how could they. Joe Mauer's night? This game went to the dogs.
Jake Odorizzi had an unusual night, yielding four points in six innings of work. Two circuits provided most of the Kansas City mark: a first-round shot by Jorge Soler and an explosion in the fifth inning by Whit Merrifield. Shortly after Merrifield's Dinger, Lucas Duda brought home a run with a flying fly.
At this point, the score was 4-1 and the crowd was calm. The only race for the Twins was offered by Max Kepler. Then, at the fifth house, the Minnesota bats appeared and brought the crowd with them. Mitch Garver started with a single and Marwin Gonzalez then dropped a baseball in the seats.
With a score of 4-3, Ehire Adrianza scored a mistake, advanced on a two-ball run, then scored on a Jorge Polanco double to tie the game.
In the next heat, C.J. Cron doubled the starting score. The Royals would choose to intentionally fill the bases, then have a home key force for the second leg. A lining would allow them to escape the sixth without causing any other damage.
Trevor May cleared a fast seventh and Blake Parker blocked a runner in third place in the eighth.
Taylor Rogers had the ninth inning tonight. His first outing was marked by a brilliant recovery of Marwin Gonzalez in the right field. Then a similar line leads to the right to put a runner on board. A sweet tapper back to Rogers made for a 1-3 putout, but advanced the race tied to the second.
Alex Gordon walked to evoke an imbalance, the left-handed Rogers facing right-hander Soler, who had already given way earlier in the evening.
After two quick shots (and a lost ground), Soler flew to the center and Twins fans returned home happy.
This is the third consecutive victory for the Twins, who are trying to sweep tomorrow!
CF Max Kepler (1 for 3, R, BB, HR, RBI)
RF Marwin Gonzalez (2 for 4, R, HR, RBI)
NO DUDS! TWINS WIN!
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