Mark Teahen hit an inside the park home run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at three off of reliever Joe Nathan, but the Twins scored in the 12th to win the game 4-3.
The Royals lost their ninth straight. Reliever Leo Nunez allowed the go-ahead run to score in the 12th, after the bullpen held the Twins to six scoreless innings. Royals starter Brian Bannister threw 111 pitches and had to leave after five innings after giving up three earned runs while walking two and striking out three.
Once again, the Royals had trouble scoring. Twins starter Nick Blackburn pitched 8 1/3 innings and two of those inside the park runs driven in were charged to Blackburn, but right now the Royals are making any starting pitcher look good. Up until the 9th, the Royals were getting anything going.
In fact, Teahen should have never had an home run. He hit a blooper down the left field line that outfielder Delmon Young dove for and missed, then loafed his way to the outfield wall. Teahen never quit hustling and came around and beat the relay throw.
Manager Trey Hillman is frustrated by the nine game losing streak.