Twins need extra innings to drop Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jason Bartlett scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Scott Dohmann with two outs in the 10th inning and Torii Hunter added a two-run single as the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 8-5 on Friday night.
The six Royals pitchers walked 12 and Dohmann's wild pitch was the staff's 64th this season which lead the major league.
Dohmann (0-1), who was acquired in a trade Monday with Colorado, gave up a leadoff single in the 10th to Bartlett. After he was sacrificed to second, there was another out before Dohmann walked Joe Mauer intentionally and Michael Cuddyer unintentionally to load the bases. He then threw the wild pitch to break the tie and Hunter's single scored Mauer and Cuddyer.
The Twins have won six straight road games for the first time since April 26-May 8, 2005.
Left-hander Dennys Reyes (3-0) worked two-thirds of an inning for the victory, while Joe Nathan pitched the 10th for his 23rd save in 24 chances.
The Royals took a 5-3 lead into the ninth, but closer Ambiorix Burgos could not hold it, giving up home runs to Mauer, who leads the majors with a .365 average, and Cuddyer, the first two batters he faced. It was Burgos' 10th blown save in 26 opportunities.
Twins starter Johan Santana, who was 6-0 with a 1.96 ERA in his previous eight starts against the Royals, gave up four runs and four hits, all in the Royals' fourth. He struck out eight, hiking his major league-leading total to 168.
After starting the season 0-3 with a 4.81 ERA in his first four starts, Santana is 12-2 with a 2.93 ERA.
Santana struck out six over the first three innings and did not allow a hit until Mark Grudzielanek led off the fourth with a single.
Mark Redman, the Royals' lone representative in the All-Star game, pitched 51⁄3; innings, allowing three runs, five hits and five walks, which matched his season high. Redman, who threw just 50 strikes in 101 pitches is 7-2 since June 4 after starting the season 0-4.
John Buck, who was 0-for-11 with five strikeouts previously against Santana, singled to left on an 0-2 pitch, scoring Emil Brown and Ryan Shealy to put the Royals ahead 4-3. Brown and Esteban German also had RBI-singles in the fourth.
Justin Morneau's double in the third scored Nick Punto and Cuddyer, who both walked, and Bartlett, who led off the inning with a single. Morneau increased his RBI total to 94, second in the American League. Morneau reached base five times with two doubles and three walks.
With two outs in the eighth, Brown doubled and scored on Shealy's single to right off Jesse Crain.
The Twins, who stranded 12 runners, left the bases loaded in the fifth, sixth and seventh.