Twins edge Royals

August 22, 2009


— A three-run rally capped by an error that looked like a sight gag. A blown save and 53-pitch outing by one of baseball’s best closers. A loss by another All-Star closer.

The Twins and Royals don’t have a rivalry. What they have is, well, just odd.

Orlando Cabrera hit a run-scoring triple in the 10th inning after a rare blown save by Joe Nathan in the ninth, helping Minnesota rally for a bizarre 5-4 victory over Kansas City on Friday night.

Minnesota fell behind 3-0 early, rallied with the help of the bumbling Royals and had to pull it out after some unusually tense moments from Nathan (2-1).

What else did they expect?

“When we play the Royals, it’s a mess,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “It always is a mess because neither team gives up, neither team quits and there’s always strange things happening during the games. It was just another typical Twins and Royals game.”


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