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Twins beat Royals 9-6

The chance for a sweep fell by the wayside.

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals Peter G. Aiken

I’m going to keep this brief, because this game really doesn’t matter and I’m still not done hyperventilating over Patrick Mahomes.

The Royals had a chance to sweep the Twins and win their fourth game in a row, but they lost. Jake Junis did not have his best day. The final score was Minnesota 9, Kansas City 6.

Here are your Royals highlights: they took a 2-0 lead in the first when Ryan O’Hearn socked a double and Rosell Herrera switched places with him. After the Twins scored five unanswered, the Royals came back with three to tie the contest in the fourth inning. Brian Goodwin singed home O’Hearn, and then Adalberto Mondesi clobbered a two-run homer to right to make it 5-5.

Mondesi has 9 homers this year, which is already in the top 10 all-time for a Royals shortstop.

Whit Merrifield added a two-out RBI single at the very end of the game to make the final score 9-6.

Junis struggled in the late-summer heat. He only got nine outs and gave up eight hits. Four runs were charged to him, and he struck out three batters in one of his shortest outings of the year. He took the loss to drop to 8-13.

As a team, the Twins banged out 18 hits against Junis, Brian Flynn, Jerry Vasto, Kevin McCarthy, Brandon Maurer, and Wily Peralta.

The Royals are 52-97. They finished the season 8-2 against the Twins at Kauffman Stadium, though, so there is that.

With just two weeks remaining in the season, the Royals will hit the road for their final road trip of 2018. They begin a three-game series in Pittsburgh to play the Pirates tomorrow, giving us one more chance to watch pitchers hit.