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  • 03 Jun
    导出博客文章ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Kansas City Royals pitchers are enjoying a
    record-breaking run of success, and now the offence is joining in on the fun.
    Luis Mendoza pitched six innings to win for the first time in six starts and
    Elliot Johnson had another big hit against his former team Friday night, leading
    the Royals to a 7-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Mendoza (2-3) gave up two
    runs and seven hits and three Royals relievers pitched three hitless innings as
    Kansas City held a 13th straight opponent to three runs or fewer. That
    franchise-record streak is the longest in the American League since Toronto went
    15 games from June 26 to July 13, 1991. Johnson had a game-tying triple among
    his two hits and Billy Butler drove in three runs for the Royals, who have won
    nine of 10. "You cant say enough good things about what our pitching staffs
    done," Butler said. "Theyve been tremendous from day one, and its been fun to
    watch. Its been really fun lately to have them meshing together with the offence
    and defence. Were playing some good baseball right now and its fun to come to
    the ballpark when youre playing like that." Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore (8-3)
    gave up five runs on seven hits and four walks in 5 1-3 innings with four
    strikeouts. He is 0-3 in five starts since winning his first eight starts of the
    season. Matt Joyce hit his 13th home run, off Mendozas third pitch of the game,
    and Evan Longoria drove in another run in the first inning with a double, giving
    the Rays a 2-1 lead. They never scored again. "Our pitchings been phenomenal.
    Another game today with two runs," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "Mendy started
    out really shaky. He was all over the place and he was behind on everybody. ...
    But he really settled himself in and his command got better. To get us into the
    seventh inning like he did is a great job." Johnson, who had three hits
    including a three-run home run on Thursday night, tied it with a triple in a
    four-run fifth and scored on Alcides Escobars single to put the Royals ahead.
    Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez followed with hits and Butler, who had driven in
    the Royals first run with a single, concluded the four-run inning with a
    sacrifice fly. Butler drove in Kansas Citys final run with a two-out single off
    Fernando Rodney in the ninth. It was his 517th RBI, moving him past Carlos
    Beltran into eighth place on the Royals all-time list. Perez had two of Kansas
    Citys 10 hits and drove in two runs. The Rays have lost five of six games in a
    stretch in which their starting pitchers have a 9.29 ERA. "That is awkward for
    us because we normally, on a nightly basis, feel really good about your matchup,
    your starter versus theirs," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We havent had that
    feeling in a bit." The Royals, who lead the AL with a 3.38 ERA, have not given
    up as many as four runs in a game since May 31, when they lost 7-2 at Texas.
    They have given up 25 runs in 13 games this month. NOTES: Longoria was the DH
    for the second straight game. The slugger said he has been bothered the past two
    weeks by plantar fasciitis. ... The Rays have signed SS Riley Unroe, their
    second round pick in this years draft. His father, Tim Unroe, played five years
    in the majors. ... Kansas City signed non-drafted free agent C Logan Davis, the
    son of current Royals minor league pitching coach and one-time NL Cy Young Award
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    to Winnipeg to play in Canadas Road of the Rings in December. KANSAS CITY, Mo.
    -- With their major league-worst 102nd loss, Twins matched their most since
    moving to Minnesota for the 1961 season.Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon keyed an
    eighth-inning rally and the Kansas City Royals beat the Twins 5-2 on Wednesday
    night. Still, the defending World Series champions were eliminated from
    postseason contention with Baltimores win at Toronto.Minnesota lost for the 10th
    time in 11 games and matched the 1982 Twins for the teams most losses since the
    move. With two more defeats, the club would have its most since the 1949
    Washington Senators finished 50-104.Were trying to win games, but its becoming
    difficult, Twins right-hander Ervin Santana said. We forgot about the little
    things. Its a game. You just have to prepare to be better for the next year.Eric
    Hosmer hit a two-run homer off Santana in the third, but the Twins tied it in
    the sixth when Kennys Vargas homered with Miguel Sano aboard.The Vargas homer
    snapped a Twins streak of 106 innings without multiple runs, then longest since
    the Philadelphia Phillies went 109 innings in 1942, according to the Elias
    Sports Bureau.We just kind of stagnated from there, Twins manager Paul Molitor
    said.Santana finished with a 3.375 ERA, the second-best of his career, but won
    only seven games.His innings are up, ERA was down, Molitor said. He gave us a
    chance more times than not. He competed and he tried to hang in there on a team
    that has lost a lot of games and continued to go out there and try to be
    professional about it. He can stand tall. There are no shortcomings there, an
    ERA in the 3.3s.Its just unfortunate, and we talked about it before, we gave
    some games away that he pitched, maybe not playing good enough defeense or
    backing him up offensively.dddddddddddd But if I was Ervin Santana I would feel
    good about what I contributed and trying to give his best from day one all the
    way through to his last start.Kendrys Morales ground-rule double to right scored
    Jarrod Dyson, who had doubled and stole third. Gordons single scored Whit
    Merrifield and pinch-runner Billy Burns.Taylor Rogers (3-1), the fourth of five
    Twins pitchers, took the loss after allowing three runs, three hits and two
    walks while retiring only one of the six batters.Joakim Soria (5-8) worked a
    scoreless eighth, and Wade Davis got his 27th save in 30 chances.Royals
    left-hander Jason Vargas allowed four hits in five shutout innings, leaving with
    a 2-0 lead in his third start since Tommy John surgery in 2015. Vargas finished
    with a 2.25 ERA, allowing three runs and eight hits while striking out 11 and
    walking three in 12 innings.Kansas City did not get another hit after Hosmers
    third inning homer until Dysons one-out double in the eighth.0 for KCMinnesota
    dropped to 0-9 at Kauffman Stadium, their first winless season at Kansas
    City.TRAINERS ROOMTwins: 1B Joe Mauer (hamstring injury) did not play.Royals: OF
    Lorenzo Cain, who has appeared in one game in September because of left wrist
    inflammation, will not play again this season. There is no need to push him,
    Royals manager Ned Yost said.UP NEXTTwins: RHP Kyle Gibson, who went to the
    University of Missouri, will make his 11th career start against the Royals on
    Thursday.Royals: LHP Danny Duffy is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in three outings against
    the Twins this season. ' ' '