Twins Lose 2 of 3 to Royals
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With Paulo Orlando a double shy of the cycle, Kansas City manager Ned Yost said the Royals were hoping their best hitter could get one more at-bat in the ninth inning against Minnesota.
Orlando got his chance, but settled for a single.
The Royals were plenty satisfied, though, as Orlando hit a three-run homer, triple and scored three times three runs scored on Sunday in an 11-4 win over the Twins.
Chris Young pitched three scoreless innings for his first save.
Brian Dozier hit his 26th home run for Minnesota and Joe Mauer had a pair of hits, including an RBI single in the fifth that pulled the Twins to 7-4.
Kansas City took advantage of three errors in the sixth, two by third baseman Jorge Polanco, to pull away. Minnesota finished its seven-game homestand 2-5.
"We had a lot of misplays around the field today, so you don't want to point any fingers," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "Not a good game, not a good homestand."
Polanco's second misplay loaded the bases for Cain, who singled off reliever Michael Tonkin to drive in a pair of runs. Two batters later, left fielder Robbie Grossman failed to come up with Kendrys Morales' flyball, resulting in two more runs.
"We did a good job of swinging the bat today, that was huge," Cain said. "Of course they made a lot of errors as well, but at the same time guys stepped up in clutch situations and we definitely needed it."
Santiago remained winless with Minnesota since being acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in a four-player trade on Aug. 1. He's allowed 15 earned runs in 14 1/3 innings in his first three starts for Minnesota.