Kansas City, Mo. — Mark Teahen and Brian Bannister both took credit for the lights going off.
Teahen had four hits for his third straight multihit game, and Bannister won his third straight decision as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 on Tuesday night.
The game was delayed 36 minutes in the eighth inning when a bank of lights in right field went dark soon after Teahen doubled.
He said it was like Roy Hobb's long fly ball in "The Natural" that knocked out the stadium lights.
"I think that was it," Teahen said, grinning, although his double went down the left-field line.
Bannister took credit for the outage in a different way.
"I flipped the wrong switch in the bathroom," he said.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was asked if the power outage bothered the Twins.
"We haven't hit a home run in a while," he said with a straight face. "Oh, you're not talking about that. My bad."
The Twins have not homered since the second inning on July 31.
Teahen went 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI and is 9-for-13 in his past three games. He tied his career high with the four hits, doing it for the sixth time, and second this season.