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Matt Wallner drives in a pair of runs in Minnesota's loss to Royals

The Twins lost their sixth game in the last seven and fell nine games behind division-leading Cleveland.

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Minnesota Twins right fielder Matt Wallner hits an RBI double during the fourth inning Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, against the Kansas City Royals.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s only been six games, but in Matt Wallner’s brief taste of the major leagues, the Twins have already started to get a sense of what he can do at the plate.

It’s safe to say they’ve liked what they’ve seen.

The Forest Lake, Minnesota, native, who was called up over the weekend, provided the only offense in the Twins’ 5-2 loss to the Royals on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Wallner, who homered in his debut and has hits in all but one game, is hitting .304 with his second multi-hit game since being called up. The rookie outfielder went 3 for 4, with a pair of two-out hits.

In the second inning, he knocked in Gary Sanchez, cutting the Royals’ lead to 2-1. And in the fourth, his double brought home Nick Gordon, again cutting the Royals’ lead to a run.

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It wasn’t quite as smooth defensively for the rookie, who started in right field.

In the first inning, Wallner had a Salvador Perez flare fall just in front of him and then get by him before subsequently slipping on the grass in foul territory. Bobby Witt Jr. ran through the stop sign at third base and scored the Royals’ second run of the inning. Perez was credited with a double and an RBI.

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Kansas City second baseman Michael Massey throws to first base after forcing out Minnesota's Gilberto Celestino at second base in the second inning Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, at Kauffman Stadium.
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The Royals’ first run came off an MJ Melendez home run off starter Bailey Ober to lead off the bottom of the first.

In his second start since coming off the injured list, Ober gave up five runs on seven hits in three innings. The Royals tacked on a run in the third and two more in the seventh, while the Twins (73-76) were held mostly quiet offensively, finishing the day 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

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Minnesota Twins starter Bailey Ober delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. Ober pitched five innings, allowing three runs.
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The Royals (60-89) were playing their first game since the firing of longtime executive Dayton Moore. Dismissed Wednesday afternoon as the team president of baseball operations, Moore had been with the organization since 2006.

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The Twins lost their sixth game in the last seven and fell nine games behind division-leading Cleveland.

Field Level Media contributed to this report.

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