Kelvin Herrera gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning as the Royals lost 4-2 to the Twins at Kauffman Stadium.  It was his fourth blown save of the season.  Jorge Polanco singled in the go-ahead runs to cap the rally.  Brian Dozier’s bases-loaded sac-fly to the wall in left scored the tying run for Minnesota, which won its second straight on the heels of a three-game slide.  Robbie Grossman homered for the Twins.

Alex Gordon and Whit Merrifield had RBI singles in the fifth to put KC in front 2-1.  Starter Sam Gaviglio allowed one run in five innings in a no-decision.

>>Royals Take On Twins Again Tonight

The Royals take on the Twins again tonight at “The K.”  It’s the second of their four-game series, with Ian Kennedy set to start for KC and former Royal Ervin Santana for Minnesota.  The Royals are third in the AL Central at 69-and-70, 14-and-a-half games behind the first-place Indians and three-and-a-half games out of the second AL wild card.