KC 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Min 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 X 4
Date of game: 8/16/2014

Recap: Minnesota vs. Kansas City

Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kurt Suzuki had two hits, including a home run, and scored twice as the Minnesota Twins beat the red-hot Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Saturday.

Danny Santana, Brian Dozier and Kennys Vargas also knocked in one run apiece and Phil Hughes worked into the eighth inning to pick up the win, Minnesota's fourth in six games.

Hughes (13-8) had six strikeouts and won his third straight start after giving up one run on seven hits and no walks.

The AL Central-leading Royals entered play 14-2 in their last 16, including a 6-5 win in the opener of the three-game series on Friday. They had a five-game road winning streak snapped.

Yordano Ventura (9-9) didn't allow a run until the seventh, when he gave up three. He walked six, struck out four and yielded four hits in 6 2/3 frames.

The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning after Nori Aoki hit a leadoff double, stole third base and scored when Suzuki, the catcher, threw the ball into left field.

Ventura issued four walks in the first four innings, including three in the second, but didn't give up a hit until Jordan Schafer's one-out single in the fifth.

That was Minnesota's only hit until Suzuki and Chris Parmelee hit consecutive singles to start the seventh inning, sparking a three-run rally that gave the Twins the lead and knocked Ventura out of the game.

They moved up on a bunt and Suzuki scored on a good slide after Santana's broken-bat grounder to first base, lifting his left arm up over Salvador Perez's tag and then back down to tap the plate.

"The slide at home plate was really nice. We had a great view of that," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "It was unbelievable because I think that ball beat him."

Dozier added an RBI double and Vargas hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1 and chase Ventura with two outs.

Casey Fien finished the eighth inning after Hughes left with runners on first and second with one out. Suzuki homered off Aaron Crow in the eighth inning, his third of the season, and Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his 31st save.

Game Notes

The Twins had won each of Ventura's previous four starts ... Aoki, Alex Gordon and Raul Ibanez each had two hits ... Neither team was effective with runners in scoring position. The Royals were hitless in six at-bats and the Twins went 1-for-9.

Expect points galore when Marshall hosts FAU

Marshall's offense started slowly last Saturday, scoring just 14 points in the first half at Florida International. However, come the final whistle, the Thundering Herd had topped 40 points for the sixth consecutive time.

NASCAR News
The Inside Line: NASCAR's elite eight move on

The Eliminator Round in the new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, with the playoff field now trimmed to eight drivers.

Polian, Wolf named Pro Football HOF finalists

Former NFL general managers Bill Polian and Ron Wolf have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class under the newly-created contributors category.

Wild, Coyle agree to 5-year extension

The Minnesota Wild moved to lock up another of their young core on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with center Charlie Coyle on a five-year contract extension.

Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.