Royals beat Twins, lose Hosmer for 3-6 weeks
The Kansas City Royals’ clubhouse mood was somber after a 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Eric Hosmer will be going on disabled list after an X-ray revealed a displaced fracture of the third finger of his right hand.
“Very frustrating, bad timing,” Hosmer said. “The good thing is I can still get back for that last month and make that last push. They said as quick as three weeks and long as six. Obviously, I’m going to be shooting for the three to four weeks.”
Hosmer was hit by pitch from Jon Lester on July 20 and was held out of the lineup for six of the next seven games. He returned to the lineup Tuesday and aggravated it on a check swing in the fourth inning.
Alcides Escobar hit a two-run triple and Yordano Ventura pitched seven effective innings as the Royals completed a 5-2 homestand.
“It was a great pitch to hit, a fastball right down the middle,” Escobar said. “I didn’t want to miss it.”
Escobar’s triple highlighted a four-run seventh. The inning also included Jarrod Dyson’s run-scoring single. Dyson stole second and third and scored on catcher Eric Fryer’s throwing error.
Ventura (8-8) limited the Twins to two runs, one earned, on five hits, while striking out seven.
Danny Santana led off the game with a home run. Mike Moustakas committed two throwing errors in the third to gift the Twins with an unearned run.
Caleb Thielbar (2-1) retired only one of three batters he faced for Minnesota.
Twins right-hander Kevin Correia, who had yielded 11 runs on 17 hits and five walks in eight innings in losing his previous two starts, left after six innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits. His 13 losses top the American League.
“I was able to go out there get ahead of some guys,” Correia said. “I was throwing strikes and able to mix stuff up late.”
Kurt Suzuki hit a pinch RBI-double in the eighth off Wade Davis, the first extra-base the Royals right-hander allowed in 46 innings and 44 appearances.
“I’ve never seen anything like it, never,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Greg Holland worked a flawless ninth for his 29th save in 31 opportunities.
The Twins stranded 11 runners, leaving the bases loaded in the fourth and eighth and stranding two runners in two other innings.
“We’re leaving way too many runners on early in the game,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We’re not coming up with a big hit and coming up with those extra runs that you need. They show up late.”