Jul 31, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura (30) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Yordano Ventura Dominates Twins in Royals Win

The Kansas City Royals bounced back from 2 straight losses with 2 straight wins with a 6-3 victory over Minnesota at Kauffman Stadium Thursday night behind 7 strong innings by Yordano Ventura.

Kansas City put the game out of reach with a 4-run 7th inning to take a tied 2-2 game to a 6-2 lead. Alcides Escobar struck the big blow, with a 2-run triple that put the Royals up 4-2.

The victory puts Kansas City at 3 games over .500 at 55-52. The Royals gained a game on the slumping Tigers, and are now 4 games behind Detroit in the American League Central.

On the Mound

Yordano Ventura pitched 7.0 innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 walks, 2 runs (1 earned) with 7 strikeouts. Ventura’s win evened his season record at 8-8.

Aaron Crow entered in the 8th inning, but managed to get only one out while giving up a leadoff double and a walk. Crow’s line was .1 innings, with 1 hit, 1 walk, and 1 earned run.

Wade Davis then allowed an inherited runner to score when he gave up a double to Kurt Suzuki, but then escaped the inning without further damage by striking out 2 sandwiched around a walk.

Greg Holland earned his 29th save with a clean 9th inning that included 1 strikeout.

At the Plate

Twins starter Kevin Correia held the Royals scoreless until they tied the game with 2 runs in 5th inning on consecutive doubles by Raul Ibanez and Mike Moustakas followed by a fielding error by 2nd baseman Eduardo Escobar that allowed Moustakas to score.

The Royals then put the game away with a 4-run rally in the bottom of the 7th.

Escobar’s triple in the 7th was the key blow. He went 1-3, with the triple, 1 run scored and 2 RBI’s.

Lorenzo Cain was the only Royal to get more than one hit, going 2-4, with 2 singles and 1 run scored.

Jarrod Dyson caused all kinds of problems while going 1-4, with a single, a sharp grounder that Eduardo Escobar could not field for an error and scored Moose in the 2nd, 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. Dyson also stole both 2nd and 3rd in the 7th inning, and scored on a throwing error by Minnesota catcher Eric Fryer. Dyson now has 21 stolen bases on the season.

This and That

The Royals received some bad news on Thursday night when they learned that Eric Hosmer has a stress fracture in his hand that might put him out for up to 6 weeks.

The Royals evened their record at Kauffman Stadium at 27-27.

Wade Davis gave up his first extra base hit of the season on Kurt Suzuki’s pinch-hit double in the 8th. Davis had gone 45.1 IP without allowing an extra-base hit.

Ventura notched 7 strikeouts for the 2nd game in a row.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Yordano Ventura gets out nod with his 7 strong innings that were good enough for the win. Ventura has been a solid addition to the rotation as a rookie, and looks poised to help the team win for years to come.

The Twins

Danny Santana hit a leadoff home run (4) in the 1st inning for the Twins off Yordana Ventura. Santana went hitless the rest of the way to finish 1-4, with 1 run scored and 1 RBI.

Up Next

The Royals will travel to Oakland to face the new-look A’s who traded CF Yoenis Cespedes for Boston ace Jon Lester at the trade deadline on Thursday. The Royals will send Jeremy Guthrie (6-9, 4.70 ERA) to the mound against Sonny Gray (12-3, 2.65 ERA) for Oakland. Game time is 8:35 PM CST at Oakland Coliseum on Friday night.

Box

Twins Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS
Danny Santana CF 4 1 1 1 1 0 5 .313 .347 .467 .814
Eduardo Nunez SS 5 0 0 0 0 2 5 .248 .275 .361 .636
Trevor Plouffe 3B 5 0 0 0 0 1 5 .235 .305 .391 .696
Josh Willingham DH 4 0 0 0 1 3 5 .219 .362 .427 .789
Oswaldo Arcia RF 5 1 1 0 0 2 5 .219 .299 .383 .682
Chris Colabello 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .228 .276 .386 .662
Chris Parmelee LF 1 0 0 0 3 0 4 .263 .320 .381 .701
Eric Fryer C 3 0 2 0 0 0 3 .194 .265 .226 .491
   Kurt Suzuki PH-C 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 .306 .369 .391 .760
Eduardo Escobar 2B 4 1 2 0 0 1 4 .271 .313 .392 .705
Team Totals 36 3 7 2 5 10 41 .194 .293 .361 .654

2B: E Fryer (1, off Y Ventura); O Arcia (8, off A Crow); K Suzuki (20, off W Davis).
HR: D Santana (4, off Y Ventura, 1st inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep RF Line).
TB: D Santana 4; E Fryer 3; E Escobar 2; K Suzuki 2; O Arcia 2.
RBI: D Santana (22); K Suzuki (42).
Team LOB: 11.
With RISP: 2 for 12.
Fielding
DP: 1. T Plouffe-E Escobar-C Colabello.
E: E Escobar (5); E Fryer (1).

Royals Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS
Jarrod Dyson CF 4 1 1 1 0 1 4 .274 .328 .330 .658
Omar Infante 2B 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .265 .307 .366 .673
Eric Hosmer 1B 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .267 .312 .377 .689
   Billy Butler PH-1B 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 .269 .321 .363 .684
Salvador Perez C 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .275 .315 .419 .734
Alex Gordon LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .276 .355 .421 .776
Lorenzo Cain RF 4 1 2 0 0 0 4 .297 .332 .410 .742
Raul Ibanez DH 3 1 1 0 0 0 3 .170 .256 .292 .549
Mike Moustakas 3B 2 2 1 1 1 1 3 .196 .265 .393 .657
Alcides Escobar SS 3 1 1 2 0 0 3 .277 .312 .379 .691
Team Totals 32 6 8 4 1 6 33 .250 .273 .375 .648

2B: R Ibanez (8, off K Correia); M Moustakas (14, off K Correia).
3B: A Escobar (3, off R Pressly).
TB: A Escobar 3; R Ibanez 2; M Moustakas 2; L Cain 2; A Gordon; B Butler; J Dyson.
GIDP: S Perez (16).
RBI: A Escobar 2 (32); J Dyson (15); M Moustakas (42).
Team LOB: 3.
With RISP: 3 for 8.
Fielding
E: M Moustakas 2 (10).
Baserunning
SB: L Cain (15, 2nd base off C Thielbar/E Fryer); J Dyson 2 (21, 2nd base off R Pressly/E Fryer, 3rd base off R Pressly/E Fryer).

Twins Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str
Kevin Correia 6 5 2 1 0 4 0 4.96 23 95 63
Caleb Thielbar, L (2-1) 0.1 1 2 2 1 0 0 3.31 3 11 6
Ryan Pressly 0.2 2 2 1 0 1 0 1.42 4 13 10
Sam Deduno 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.27 3 12 7
Team Totals 8 8 6 4 1 6 0 4.50 33 131 86
Royals Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Yordano Ventura, W (8-8) 7 5 2 1 3 7 1 3.50 103 71
Aaron Crow 0.1 1 1 1 1 0 0 3.15 14 7
Wade Davis, H (20) 0.2 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.97 16 11
Greg Holland, S (29) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.77 14 10
Team Totals 9 7 3 2 5 10 1 2.00 147 99

Balks: None.
WP: None.
HBP: None.
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.

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