By: Sam Ekstrom | KFAN.com
After a sweep at the hands of the Kansas City Royals last week, manager Ron Gardenhire ripped into his team, and they responded by sweeping the Astros.
Monday night, the Royals set them back once again with a 13-0 drubbing.
Kansas City pounded Minnesota pitching for 13 runs and 16 hits, while the Royals’ Jeremy Guthrie (12-7) delivered his second complete-game shutout of the season, sending the Twins to their most lopsided defeat since July 25, 2011.
Kevin Correia (7-8) allowed six runs in two innings of work for the Twins, upping his ERA to 7.88 since June 30. Kansas City batted 11 men in a back-breaking six-run second inning, which was highlighted by a pair of two-run singles from Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas.
Moustakas continued killing the Twins with a 4-for-5 effort at the plate. In last week’s series between the two clubs, he went 5-for-10 with five RBIs.
Hosmer had a career-high five RBIs in Monday’s game alone, including a three-run homer in the sixth inning that made it 9-0.
The Twins’ bullpen – so strong in the previous series – slipped up to the tune of seven runs allowed, though all seven were charged to right-hander Ryan Pressly. Facing an insurmountable deficit, Gardenhire sent utility infielder Jamey Carroll out to pitch the ninth inning. The 39-year-old retired the Royals in one-two-three fashion.
Meanwhile, the Royals’ bullpen was dormant all night as Guthrie went the distance. The right-hander –having a career-best season at age 34 – struck out seven hitters and retired the final 13 he faced.
Kansas City (57-52) has now won 12 of 13 games and has pulled within four games of the second wild card position. They’ll send James Shields to the mound on Tuesday to face Andrew Albers, making his major-league debut after going 11-5 with a 2.86 ERA at Triple-A Rochester.