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The Sports Xchange, Published April 13 2014

Miscues help Twins sweep Royals

MINNEAPOLIS – An otherwise snappy game ended with a whacky finish.

Two unearned runs on three walks and an error allowed the Minnesota Twins to steal a sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a 4-3 win on Sunday.

With the Royals ahead 3-2 in the eighth inning, an errant throw home by Royals relief pitcher Wade Davis allowed two runs to score, giving the Twins the win.

“I made the pitch, had the play right there in front of me and just didn’t make it,” Davis said. “It’s extremely frustrating. We had the win right there staring us in the face and it didn’t happen.”

Royals reliever Aaron Crow came in to start the eighth inning and walked the only two batters he faced – Twins shortstop Pedro Florimon and second baseman Brian Dozier.

“Two leadoff walks spell trouble in a one-run game,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “It’s frustrating, but I still felt like we could cover it.”

Davis took over for Crow, struck out Joe Mauer then walked Trevor Plouffe to load the bases with one out. On a tapper back to the mound by Twins left fielder Chris Herrmann, Davis’ throw home sailed past catcher Salvador Perez, allowing Florimon to score. Dozier then scored ahead of Perez’ throw back to Davis on a close play at the plate.

Davis said he was upset about the error and reacted to it rather than covering home plate.

“I got to it and fielded it cleanly and went to grab it, palmed it and made a bad throw, then made a mistake by not getting to home plate and being there for that run,” Davis said. “I got frustrated and made a mental mistake by not getting there. It’s unacceptable.”

Dozier said he decided to make a break for home after he saw Davis wasn’t covering the plate.

“I saw the throw and saw Davis just hanging out a good 10 yards away from the plate, so I thought I might as well take a shot,” Dozier said. “When you look up and round the base and see that nobody is covering home, you have to be aggressive.”

The game ended in an odd fashion as well.

The final out came as third baseman Mike Moustakas was called for interference on Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki on a foul pop up after Twins closer Glen Perkins struck out left fielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez for the first two outs of the ninth inning.

The win gave the Twins a three-game sweep of the Royals on the heels of being swept by Oakland in the home-opening series in Minnesota.

KC ab r h bi MIN ab r h bi

Aoki rf 3 0 0 1 Dozier 2b 3 1 1 0

Infante 2b 4 0 1 0 Mauer 1b 4 0 2 0

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

Butler dh 4 0 0 0 Colbllo rf 2 0 0 0

Gordon lf 4 0 0 0 Hrrmann lf 1 0 0 0

Perez c 4 0 0 0 Kubel lf 2 0 0 0

Moustks 3b 3 1 1 0 Mstronn pr 1 1 0 0

Cain cf 3 1 2 0 Pinto dh 3 1 1 2

Escobar ss 3 1 2 0 Suzuki c 3 0 0 0

Hicks cf 3 0 1 0

Flormon ss 2 1 0 0

Totals 32 3 7 2 Totals 27 4 5 2

Kansas City 000 000 030 — 3

Minnesota 000 000 22x — 4

E—Correia 1, W.Davis 1, Plouffe 1. LOB—Minnesota 5, Kansas City 4. 2B—Hosmer (3), Moustakas (2). HR—Pinto (3). SB—Florimon (3), A.Hicks (1), Mauer (1).

IP H R ER BB SO

Kansas City

Vargas 7 5 2 2 3 4

Crow L, 0-1 0 0 2 0 2 0

W.Davis BS, 2 1 0 0 0 1 3

Minnesota

Correia 7 6 3 3 1 2

Duensing BS, 1 Xc 1 0 0 0 0

Fien W, 1-0 Zc 0 0 0 0 1

Perkins S, 3 1 0 0 0 0 2

Inherited runners-scored—W.Davis 2-2, Duensing 2-2, Fien 1-0.

Umpires—Home, Lazaro Diaz; First, Mark Carlson; Second, Scott Barry; Third, Jeff Nelson.

T—2:47. A—20,878 (42,035)