Whether the Royals’ inactivity at the trade deadline was a vote of confidence for the current roster or a lack of other options, the team the front office stayed with patched it together once again. These Royals, whose offensive struggles have been well-documented, capitalized on a four-run seventh inning to overcome a leadoff home run and a pair of costly errors. They defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-3 on Thursday night to win their third consecutive series and improve to 55-52 in front of 24,127 fans at Kauffman Stadium. “The bottom line is that you try to win each series and we came away with a 5-2 homestand,” Billy Butler said. “We did what we were supposed to do.” With the victory, the Royals evened the season series with Minnesota at 6-6 and were able to gain a game on Detroit, which leads the American League Central. The victory came at a cost though, as the Royals lost first baseman Eric Hosmer in the sixth inning when he reaggravated his hand injury and will miss three to six weeks. Right-hander Yordano Ventura worked through a rocky start that included a leadoff home run to Danny Santana and kept the Royals in the game until a seventh inning surge. Ventura battled back to carry the Royals to the eighth inning, allowing two runs — one earned — on five hits and recorded seven strikeouts for the second consecutive game since he had zero in his loss to Boston. It was his sixth start with at least seven strikeouts.
Timely hitting propels Yordano Ventura and the Royals past the Twins 6-3
Kansas City Star | Aug 1