Royals starting pitcher Mark Redman was knocked out in the second inning, as Kansas City suffered a 7-3 loss to the Twins at Kauffman Stadium Thursday afternoon. Minnesota rallied for five runs with two outs in the second inning to send Redman to the showers. Before getting the second out of the inning, Redman allowed Lew Ford and Michael Cuddyer to reach with singles. With two out and two on, Ford scored from third after John Buck committed an error on Cuddyer’s attempt to steal second.
Redman then loaded the bases with back to back walks of Luis Rodriguez and Shannon Stewart. Luis Castillo then singled, driving in both Cuddyer and Rodriguez to make it 3-0, Minnesota. Stewart advanced to third on a fielding error by Royals outfielder Esteban German.
Mike Redmond followed up with a single to drive in Stewart. Rondell White was the third Twin in a row to single in a run, when he drove in Castillo. That gave the Twins a 5-0 lead and marked the end of Redman’s work day.
Redman (0-1) was charged with five of the six runs scored in the inning and allowed six hits and three walks with no strikeouts. The Royals committed three errors on the day.
Kansas City scored its runs with a home run by Angel Berroa in the second inning and RBI singles from Tony Graffanino and Shane Costa in the eighth. They dropped two of three to Minnesota.