The Kansas City Royals wrapped up a six game home stand with an 8-3 loss to the Twins. The Royals were looking to finish the stand with a three-game sweep but the Twins jumped all over starter Jimmy Gobble to prevent that from happening. Gobble was touched for a run in the third inning, and then Minnesota rallied for five runs in the fourth. Gobble, who was yanked with two outs in the fourth, was charged with the Twins first six runs and dropped to 2-3. In the fifth, the Royals loaded the bases with one out and trailing 6-1. Mike Sweeney hit a pop fly down the first base line, and the umpire invoked the infield fly rule, even though Doug Mientkiewicz dropped it. Desi Relaford tagged and head home. The throw hit Mike Sweeney in the back and the ball and allowed Relaford to score. The ball was grabbed by Henry Blanco who threw to first base. Why? Carlos Beltran didn’t realize the infield fly rule had been called and headed for second base, but stopped and turned around once he saw Carlos Beltran standing on the bag. Double play, inning and rally over. The Royals never scored again.
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