The Royals lost on Friday night to the Twins, 4-3.
They took a quick lead on a first-inning RBI single by Sal Perez and a second-inning sacrifice fly by Whit Merrifield. But Jorge Lopez, who flirted with a perfect game last weekend against this same Minnesota team, couldn’t hold it.
Lopez was in and out of trouble all evening, working around five hits in the first four innings but never being punished for it. It all hit the fan in the fifth inning, though. Single, RBI double (2-1), out, RBI single (2-2), RBI single (3-2), and just like that, Lopez was knocked out.
The Twins added a run in the seventh, but the Royals got it back in the home half on Adalberto Mondesi’s 8th home run of the year.
Fun with numbers:
Adalberto Mondesi, this year (60 games): 8 home runs
Alcides Escobar, career high (162 games): 7 home runs
Lopez couldn’t locate anything, as he gave up nine baserunners and got just 13 men out. His ERA ballooned to 4.64.
Kansas City is 50-97. They’ll try to re-take the lead in the series tomorrow night behind the right arm of... Ian Kennedy. Yuck.