Perez without a hit, the rest of the Royals’ bats are busy; The twins finish last
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Salvador Perez went without a hit on a night where every other Royals starters had at least one hit, and Kansas City beat the Minnesota Twins 11-6 on Friday.
With the loss, the Twins were sure to finish in last place at AL Central after winning the division the past two years.
Perez, who leads the majors with 48 homers and 121 RBIs, went 0 for 4 and was hit with a pitch.
“It was a great display throughout,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said of the balanced attack. “A couple of guys with several hits, extra-base shots, leading the ball into the middle of the field. We are talking about approach. The approach really varies from pitch to pitch, bat to bat. When they use the middle and lead the ball, it puts a lot of pressure.
Hunter Dozier, who scored, and Whit Merrifield each had three hits.
Jonathan Heasley claimed his first major league victory. On September 11, he had his last start for Double-A Northwest Arkansas, the highest level he pitched before his MLB debut six days later.
Heasley (1-1) allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings, including three runs in the sixth.
“He attacked the area,” Matheny said. “I think he did a great job staying on the sidelines. Overall not a lot of mistakes until he got tired. He hit a wall pretty quickly, but that’s totally understandable. He was sort of unconditioned before he got here and we tried to get him back up. It’s hard to do.
John Gant (5-11) allowed six runs and eight hits in four innings.
“His bike was not where it should be today,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He denied during the outing that he felt anything, but we’ll go back and get him checked out.”
Merrifield started off with a soft single, Nicky Lopez scored for a hit and Perez was dived, charging up the bases. A wild throw scored a point and Carlos Santana had an RBI on the ground.
The Royals added two more points in the third and Andrew Benintendi netted a two-point brace in the fourth for a 6-1 lead.
Dozier scored in a two-run fifth that ended when Perez hit with bases loaded.
“We did a good job fighting and finding ways to move forward,” Dozier said. “Take the walks when they gave them to us. We did a good job feeding each other. “
Ryan Jeffers led the Twins sixth with a homerun and Miguel Sano added a two-run single.
Royals C Sebastian Rivero have been recalled from Triple-A Omaha. As Perez treated a sore ankle, the Royals needed someone to support Cam Gallagher. To make room on the list, RHP Tyler Zuber was an option in Omaha.
Griffin Jax (3-5, 6.78 ERA) starts for the Twins against Kris Bubic (6-6, 4.52 ERA).
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