Davis’ Throwing Error Sends Twins Over Royals
Pitcher Wade Davis made a wild flip home on a comebacker in the eighth inning and the Twins rallied past the Royals 4-3 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
A madcap sequence put the Twins ahead and a crazy play ended it, too.
With two outs and none on in the ninth, Mike Moustakas popped a ball straight up. As he stood to watch it in the batter's box, catcher Kurt Suzuki tripped over him, resulting in an interference call for the final out.
"That's always on the hitter," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That's not going to be on the defender. He has a right to catch the ball."
After the Royals scored three times in the eighth for a 3-2 lead, reliever Aaron Crow (0-1) walked two Minnesota batters to start the bottom half.
Davis struck out Joe Mauer, but Trevor Plouffe walked to load the bases. Chris Herrmann then hit a grounder back to the mound and Davis, hoping to begin an easy double play, hesitated briefly after getting the ball out of his glove.
Davis' toss sailed past catcher Salvador Perez. Pedro Florimon scored the tying run and Brian Dozier slid home under Perez's return throw to Davis, who was a step late covering the plate.
"You got to be aggressive, you can't lose that," Dozier said. "I saw the throw. I saw Davis just hanging out a good 10 yards away from the thing, so might as well take a shot."
The lapse by Davis compounded an already frustrating series for the Royals. Kansas City was outscored 21-5 in the sweep.
Casey Fien (1-0) got one out and Glen Perkins posted his third save.
The Royals have lost their first five road games this season, managing just nine runs.
Josmil Pinto hit his third homer in the seventh inning to give the Twins a 2-0 lead.
Twins starter Kevin Correia cruised through seven innings before running into trouble in the eighth. He allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings.
Eric Hosmer's RBI double capped the Royals' three-run eighth.
Not wearing sleeves despite a gametime temperature of 42 degrees, Jason Vargas held the Twins to two runs on five hits over seven innings for his third straight quality start this season.
That type of outing would have been more than enough last season, when the Royals won 15 of 19 from Minnesota. But the Twins now have the upper hand to start 2014.
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