After winning their first three games of the season, the Kansas City Royals have dropped two in a row, losing 6-4 to the Minnesota Twins Saturday afternoon at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
The Royals got on the board first, scoring 2 runs in the top of the 3rd inning. Ross Gload singled and moved to second on a balk. He scored on a Alberto Collaspo triple. Collaspo then scored the Royals’ second run on a Joey Gathright sacrifice fly.
The Twins came storming back with 3 runs in the bottom of the 4th and 3 more in the 6th to take a 6-2 lead. Three of those runs came on a Justin Morneau blast – his first of the year. Morneau was the hitting hero on the day, going 2 for 4 with 4 runs batted in.
KC scored a couple of runs in the 7th, but could do no more as the Twins won 6-4.
Livan Hedrnandez (2-0) pitched 7 innings, allowing 4 earned runs on 7 hits for the win. Joe Nathan tossed one inning of relief to earn his 3rd save. KC starter Gil Meche (0-1) was roughed up for 6 earned runs on 6 hits in 5 2/3 innings to take the loss.
The Royals (3-2) and Twins (3-3) wrap up their weekend series Sunday afternoon under the dome, with Brett Tomko (0-0) going to the mound against Boof Bonser (0-1) for the Twins.