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Associated Press, Published September 01 2012

Twins sweep doubleheader from Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Joe Mauer’s first grand slam of the year helped the Minnesota Twins finish off a successful Saturday.

Mauer got his third career grand slam and Chris Parmelee added a three-run shot and the Twins outlasted the Kansas City Royals 8-7 to complete a sweep of a doubleheader.

Justin Morneau drove in two runs and Minnesota rookie pitcher Cole De Vries beat the Royals 3-1 in the first game.

Mauer’s grand slam in the second inning of the nightcap was his first since 2009. Mauer’s ninth home run came after Pedro Florimon’s double was sandwiched around walks to Drew Butera and Ben Revere.

“Joe’s the heart and soul of this offense,” Parmelee said. “He’s the heart; he makes it beat. We need him in there. I feel like someone like him is someone you can’t replace – as a player and as a person.”

Parmelee homered in the first with Alexi Casilla and Josh Willingham aboard.

Luke Hochevar (7-13) lasted just 1Xc innings, the shortest outing of his career. Hochevar faced 14 batters, 10 reached (six hits and four walks) and eight scored before he was replaced by Everett Teaford, who threw 5Zc scoreless innings.

“Hochevar just didn’t have it,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He was battling his command and he had his pitch count up to the mid-60s in the second inning. It just wasn’t his night. They did the damage on two swings. It was the walks and a couple of homers.”

The Twins led 8-2 after two innings, but Twins right-hander Liam Hendriks, who is 0-9 in 15 career starts, was unable to pick up the victory. Nine of the 10 hits off Hendriks were with two outs.

Hendriks was pulled after 3Xc innings, allowing two unearned runs in the fourth after a fielding error by third baseman Trevor Plouffe.

“He couldn’t put people away,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He couldn’t finish an inning off. Ploufee missed the one play, but still he had a chance to get out of the inning by making a pitch and he couldn’t do it.

“He just didn’t make enough quality pitches and it ended up costing him a chance for his first win. These guys are trying hard for that, believe me. They want to see him get it and so do I. But he’s going to have to earn it and today he didn’t earn it.”

Anthony Swarzak replaced Hendricks, who allowed five runs, three earned, and 10 hits. Swarzak (3-4) was credited with the victory, allowing two runs and one hit in 2Xc innings.

Eric Hosmer’s two-run, two-out single off Casey Fien, the fourth Minnesota pitcher, made it 8-7 in the seventh inning.

First Game

Minnesota Kansas City

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Mstrnn cf-rf 4 1 1 0 L.Cain cf 4 0 1 0

JCarrll 2b 4 0 3 0 AEscor ss 4 0 0 0

Wlngh dh 3 1 0 0 AGordn lf 3 0 1 0

Mornea 1b 2 0 1 2 Butler dh 4 0 1 0

Doumit c 4 0 1 1 Mostks 3b 4 1 1 0

Parmel rf 4 0 2 0 B.Pena c 4 0 1 0

Revere cf 0 0 0 0 Francr rf 3 0 0 0

Plouffe 3b 4 0 1 0 Hosmer 1b 4 0 1 0

MCarsn lf 4 0 0 0 Giavtll 2b 3 0 1 1

Flormn ss 4 1 1 0

Totals 33 3 10 3 Totals 33 1 7 1

Minnesota 100 020 000— 3

Kansas City 000 000 100— 1

DP—Minnesota 1, Kansas City 1. LOB—Minnesota 8, Kansas City 7. 2B—Morneau (26), Parmelee (6). SB—J.Carroll (7), Willingham (3). S—J.Carroll. SF—Morneau.

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

De Vries W,4-5 6Xc 7 1 1 0 3

Al.Burnett H,9 Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Burton H,15 1 0 0 0 1 0

Perkins S,9-12 1 0 0 0 0 1

Kansas City

W.Smith L,4-7 6 9 3 3 2 4

Mazzaro 3 1 0 0 1 2

W.Smith pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

HBP—by Perkins (Francoeur).

T—2:31. A—0 (37,903).

Second Game

Minnesota Kansas City

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Revere cf 4 2 1 0 Lough rf 5 2 2 0

ACasill 2b 5 1 2 0 AEscor ss 5 1 0 0

Mauer 1b 3 1 1 4 AGordn lf 5 0 2 1

Mornea dh 4 0 1 0 Butler dh 4 3 3 1

Wlngh lf 3 1 1 0 S.Perez c 5 1 4 1

MCarsn lf 0 0 0 0 JDyson pr 0 0 0 0

Parmel rf 3 1 1 3 Mostks 3b 5 0 2 2

Mstrnn pr-rf 0 0 0 0 L.Cain cf 4 0 0 0

Plouffe 3b 4 0 0 0 Hosmer 1b 4 0 1 2

Butera c 3 1 0 0 TAreu 2b 4 0 0 0

Flormn ss 4 1 2 0

Totals 33 8 9 7 Totals 41 7 14 7

Minnesota 440 000 000— 8

Kansas City 201 200 200— 7

E—Plouffe (14). DP—Kansas City 3. LOB—Minnesota 3, Kansas City 9. 2B—Florimon (4), Butler (21), Moustakas (29). HR—Mauer (9), Parmelee (3). CS—J.Dyson (4).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Hendriks 3Xc 10 5 3 0 5

Swarzak W,3-4 2Xc 1 2 2 1 2

T.Robertson H,4 Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Fien H,5 Zc 1 0 0 1 0

Waldrop H,2 1 1 0 0 0 0

Perkins S,10-13 1 1 0 0 0 1

Kansas City

Hochevar L,7-13 1Xc 6 8 8 4 3

Teaford 5Zc 3 0 0 0 0

K.Herrera 2 0 0 0 1 2

WP—Hendriks, Hochevar.

T—3:07. A—23,189 (37,903).