He just wishes they wouldn't go to such lengths to prove him
Torii Hunter drove in three runs for the second straight game
and Minnesota routed the Royals again, 14-5 Saturday.
Kyle Lohse (10-9) went seven innings for the win, which brought
the Twins within two games of first-place Kansas City in the AL
Minnesota got 15 hits, one day after rapping out 17 in a 9-2
romp. The power surge comes on the heels of a three-game losing
"What they were serving on the plane helped," Hunter said.
"They were serving some hits."
The defending division champions jumped to a four-run lead in
the first inning against Runelvys Hernandez (7-5).
"We know the Royals are in first place and we're trying to get
back into first place," Hunter said. "That's why we've been
playing with intensity."
The Royals came into the weekend on an emotional high after
taking two of three from New York to win a home series against the
Yankees for the first time in 10 years.
But in 18 innings against Kansas City pitching, the Twins have
gone down in order only four times. Have the Royals matched last
"I don't think so at all," Pena said. "This ballclub is going
to fight back. They're not going to run away. We just have to put
this behind us."
Carlos Beltran, who had missed five starts with a sore elbow,
homered twice and drove in the Royals' first three runs. Beltran
also had a single and is hitting .356 with three doubles, three
triples, nine homers and 28 RBI in his last 28 games.
Pierzynski had a two-run single on a wild play in the first
inning that led to the ejection of Royals catcher Mike DiFelice.
Taking the throw from shortstop Angel Berroa after Pierzynski's pop
fly dropped into shallow left, DiFelice appeared to make the tag as
Hunter crashed into him.
But Hunter was ruled safe by plate umpire Jerry Layne and
DiFelice went into a rage and was tossed. He stomped into the
dugout and began throwing coolers and a trash can onto the field.
"Everybody's personality is different," DiFelice said. "My
personality was very disappointed, mad, upset how that thing
Hunter, who hit a three-run homer Friday night, singled home a
run off Hernandez in the first and delivered a two-run single off
D.J. Carrasco in the fourth that made it 9-2.
Hernandez lasted just 3 1-3 innings and was charged with nine
runs on nine hits, with three walks and one strikeout.
Lohse gave up five runs on six hits, with four strikeouts and no
walks. Juan Rincon pitched the eighth and ninth innings.
"I don't think we let down," Royals second baseman Desi
Relaford said. "I just don't think we came to play prepared like
we should have the first two games. These guys are motivated by the
fact they're only out by a few games with a chance to make up some
ground. Basically, they wanted it more than us."
Jones' bunt single brought in the first run of the game. In the
second, Mientkiewicz had an RBI single and Koskie a sacrifice fly
for a 6-2 lead.
Cristian Guzman had an RBI triple in the third. Shannon
Stewart's RBI single made it 10-2 in the fifth, then the Twins
scored three more in the seventh when Graeme Lloyd hit Koskie with
a pitch, Mientkiewicz had an RBI single and Jones a fielder's
Michael Ryan had a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Mendy Lopez, who had only two home runs in his first 148 major
league games, hit his second in three games, a two-run shot off
Lohse in the seventh.
It was the eighth career multihomer game for Beltran and
his second this season. ... Umpire Dana DeMuth was a last-minute
scratch with a pulled hamstring. He was replaced by James Hoye. ...
It was unofficially Minnesota Day in Kansas City. As the Twins and
Royals played in the afternoon, the Chiefs and Vikings were getting
set for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff in an NFL exhibition game across the
parking lot at Arrowhead Stadium.