MLB Game Recap - Kansas City at Minnesota
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

TOR
2
NYY
7
F
STL
9
CHC
8
F
NYM
2
CIN
3
F
WAS
10
MIA
4
F(10)
CHW
5
DET
3
F
BOS
4
TB
5
F(11)
SEA
7
BAL
6
F(13)
PIT
1
MIL
10
F
LAA
8
HOU
4
F
KC
12
MIN
5
F
PHI
9
CLE
4
F
SF
1
ATL
8
F
ARI
4
SD
2
F
TEX
3
OAK
12
F
COL
4
LAD
2
F

September 21, 2019 7:10 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Kansas City (57-99)

0

2

0

0

0

3

0

0

7

12

16

1

Minnesota (95-60)

0

0

1

0

4

0

0

0

0

5

9

1

W: Rosario (2-0)

L: Rogers (2-4)

KC - HR: Cuthbert (9) , OHearn (14)

MIN - HR: Wade Jr. (2)

Rogers falters, Twins allow 7 in 9th in 12-5 loss to Royals
Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:52 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jose Berrios and Taylor Rogers have been the Twins' most reliable pitchers and helped push Minnesota to the verge of the AL Central title.

For one game, Berrios and Rogers each faltered as the Twins missed a chance to build on their division lead.

Rogers got tagged during a seven-run ninth inning and Minnesota fell to the Kansas City Royals 12-5 on Saturday night. The Twins remained four games ahead of Cleveland, which lost at home to Philadelphia.

"Sometimes things just don't play out the way you want them to, and there's not a lot to single out," Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said of Rogers. "Was he as sharp as he normally is? I mean, he's nails almost every time he goes out there."

"Does a great job and marches and walks right into the dugout quietly and does his thing and the inning's over. Seems like when he doesn't work out like that, it's very odd," he said.

Pinch-hitter Cheslor Cuthbert lined a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Rogers (2-4) to begin the Royals' big burst. Rogers gave up three runs on three hits while getting just one out.

Rogers has been a big reason the Twins are in first place. He had only allowed one run in his previous 12 outings, and his ERA rose from 2.30 to 2.69 after his appearance.

"It's been a while since I've had to do this, so that's pretty good news," Rogers said of speaking to the media after the loss.

Randy Rosario (2-0) retired the only batter he faced as the Royals ended a four-game losing streak. They avoided becoming the fourth team in the majors with 100 losses this season.

"We want to win every game we play," Kansas City first baseman Ryan O'Hearn said. "That hasn't changed. To beat a good team tonight was fun. We'll come back and try to even the series up tomorrow."

O'Hearn, who homered off Berrios earlier, started the ninth with a single. After a sacrifice, Cuthbert connected.

Jorge Soler and O'Hearn each finished with three hits.

"These kids, they've made some pretty good headway this year," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "The thing I'm most proud of is they just stay after it. I'm pleased with that."

LaMonte Wade Jr. homered and tripled for the Twins, who had won six of eight.

BERRIOS' NIGHT

Berrios was handed a 5-2 lead after Minnesota scored four runs in the fifth off Royals starter Glenn Sparkman. Berrios couldn't hold the lead as Ryan McBroom had an RBI single and O'Hearn followed with a two-run homer in the sixth.

Berrios allowed five runs in six innings after he had surrendered just two runs over his previous two starts, spanning 14 1/3 innings.

"I'm feeling really good," Berrios said. "My stuff is working for me. It was working today. It was just like, I guess, a lucky outing, if you want to call it that way. Not to make excuses, but it was just one of those things."

STATS

The five runs give the Twins 894 runs this season, setting a new Twins/Washington Senators' franchise record. The previous record of 892 was set by Washington in 1930. ... Reliever Tyler Duffey pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Berrios. Duffey has a scoreless innings streak of 21 2/3 innings and is unscored upon in his last 24 outings. ... Kansas City second baseman Whit Merrifield doubled in the ninth, giving him a majors-best 197 hits this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: OF Max Kepler (shoulder) pinch-ran in the eighth inning after missing the previous six games. Kepler has been running the bases and shagging flyballs during batting practice. The shoulder injury bothers Kepler when hitting. ... 1B C.J. Cron (bruised thumb) had no issues after starting Friday's game. It was his first start in five games. He was out of the lineup on Saturday. ... Ehire Adrianza (oblique) took groundballs prior to Saturday's game and is planning to hit off a tee on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Jorge Lopez (4-8, 5.93 ERA) will start the final road game of the season for Kansas City. He's allowed four earned runs in 17 1/3 innings over his past three starts, all coming on the road.

Twins: LHP Martin Perez (10-7, 4.92) will try to improve against the Royals in Minnesota's regular season home finale. Perez is 0-1 with a 7.02 ERA in three starts against Kansas City this season.

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Pitchers of Record

Kansas City IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
R. Rosario (W, 2-0) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Minnesota IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
T. Rogers (L, 2-4) 0.1 3 3 0 0 81.00 9.000

Batting Leaders

Kansas City AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
R. OHearn 4 3 1 1 3 0 7 0 5.3
C. Cuthbert 1 1 1 1 3 1 4 0 4.3
Minnesota AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
L. Wade Jr. 3 2 2 1 1 1 7 0 5.4
L. Arraez 5 2 1 0 1 0 3 0 1.2

Team Comparison

KC MIN
At Bats 40 37
Hits 16 9
Batting Average .400 .243
On Base Percentage .444 .300
Slugging Percentage 0.650 0.405
Doubles 4 1
Triples 0 1
Home Runs 2 1
Total Bases 26 15
Walks 3 3
Strikeouts 7 10
Stolen Bases 1 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 7 8
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 7/12 3/8
Double Plays Fielded 0 3
Errors 1 1

2019 Regular Season - MIN Leads Series 11-4

Date Result Winner Loser
Tue Apr 2 MIN 5 @ KC 4 T. Hildenberger B. Boxberger
Wed Apr 3 MIN 7 @ KC 6 T. May W. Peralta
Fri Jun 14 KC 0 @ MIN 2 K. Gibson J. Diekman
Sat Jun 15 KC 4 @ MIN 5 J. Odorizzi G. Sparkman
Sun Jun 16 KC 8 @ MIN 6 J. Lopez M. Perez
Thu Jun 20 MIN 1 @ KC 4 G. Sparkman J. Odorizzi
Fri Jun 21 MIN 8 @ KC 7 R. Harper J. Diekman
Sat Jun 22 MIN 5 @ KC 3 T. May W. Peralta
Sun Jun 23 MIN 1 @ KC 6 H. Bailey M. Pineda
Fri Aug 2 KC 9 @ MIN 11 T. May R. Lovelady
Sat Aug 3 KC 3 @ MIN 11 K. Gibson D. Duffy
Sun Aug 4 KC 0 @ MIN 3 D. Smeltzer B. Keller
Thu Sep 19 KC 5 @ MIN 8 L. Thorpe J. Barnes
Fri Sep 20 KC 3 @ MIN 4 R. Dobnak E. Skoglund
Sat Sep 21 KC 12 @ MIN 5 R. Rosario T. Rogers

Game Information

Stadium: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance: 37,750
Game Time: 3:25
Weather: 80F, Partly Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?