Twins beat Royals
Thursday, September 13, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Denard Span had a game-ending RBI double in the 10th inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 4-3 victory Thursday night over the Kansas City Royals.
Trailing 3-1, the Twins capitalized on a bases-loaded walk by Royals closer Greg Holland in the eighth and Trevor Plouffe’s homer in the ninth to tie it.
Alexi Casilla led off 10th with a double to right-center off Francisley Bueno (1-1) that fell just beyond the glove of diving center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who injured his leg on the play and had to leave the game. Span then hit a double over the head of right fielder Eric Hosmer for the win.
Closer Glen Perkins (3-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
Josh Willingham also connected for Minnesota and Salvador Perez had two RBI for the Royals.
After being stymied by Royals starter Luis Mendoza for most of six innings and reliever Aaron Crow for one, Minnesota loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth against reliever Kelvin Herrera before Holland entered and walked Willingham to make it 3-2.
Plouffe homered leading off the ninth to tie the game at 3. The Royals lost for the third time in 57 games when leading after eight innings.
Mendoza, who had allowed 13 earned runs in 151⁄3 innings over his past three starts, kept the ball down and allowed two hits while striking out six.