Fast fading twins 5-2 . Royals bullpen clutch in stopping

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MJ Melendez of the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riddell) Celebrates crossing the plate after hitting a single home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins. ,

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It was entirely fitting that the day the Kansas City Royals fired Dayton Moore, they used the same blueprint to beat the rapidly fading Minnesota Twins as their longtime front office executive once to make them the winner. used to.

Some occasional hits, stellar defense at the huge Kaufman Stadium and shutdown attempts by the bullpen.

MJ Melendez homeed for the second straight day, but otherwise the Royals had to score enough runs to support their relief corps, which stitched together five innings of a two-hit ball in their 5-2 win on Wednesday night. Gave.

“You will always have stuff that comes out and today was one of those days, and the conversations we had – you still have to play,” said Royals manager Mike Matheny. “Really play the game in a way that everyone can be proud of.”

One of Moore’s most successful signings, Salvador Pérez, got three hits while driving in a run for the sixth straight game, and Bobby Witt Jr. and Edward Olivers also scored to give the Kansas City bullpen some breathing room. .

Anthony Missiewicz (1–1) and three other relievers dazzled in Daniel Lynch’s support, while Scott Barlow pitted around an error for two nights in the ninth and his second save in the 23rd year.

It was the kind of work the Royals once saw out of relievers from Calvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland, when Moore’s teams were together winning back-to-back American League pennants and the 2015 World Series title.

“Closing things off was a really impressive job by the bullpen,” Matheny said. “Good effort by all means.”

Bailey Ober (1-3) allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk-over in five innings for Minnesota, which raced to the AL Central two weeks earlier, but six of seven to start the eight-game journey. Lost which dashed their playoff hopes.

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said, “It’s hard to score runs right now and you just have to find a way out.” “We can have a guy who comes out and has a good night, but we need more than that.”

The Royals opened the game the same way they ended last night: with production at the top of the order.

Melendez, who hit a two-run homer in the series opener, went ahead with the game for the third time this season, running a 3-1 pitch into center field at an estimated 437 feet. And after reaching Witt’s base hit, Perez blew an RBI double to right that was secretly reminiscent of his two-out, go-forward double on Tuesday night.

Minnesota got once back in seconds on Matt Wallner’s base hit, and when the Royals responded on Olivers’ two-out single in the third, the Twins were again locked within a run, a two-bag error by Vinnie Pasquantino. Thank You for.

However, it was to the Twins, as the Kansas City bullpen was downright dominant.

Colin Snyder worked around the two-on, no-out jam in the fifth. Missiwicz retired four of the five they faced in the sixth and seventh. Dylan Coleman handled the remainder of the seventh and the first two outs of the eighth. And Amir Garrett finished it off before Barlow ended the Twins’ 13th loss in their last 16 games.

“We have some people who have had to deal with some tired arms,” ​​Matheny said. “We’re trying to put them in a position where they can lift each other up and they’re doing a good job of it.”

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Moore bid farewell to the Royals during brief remarks at Kaufman Stadium on Wednesday and spent a few minutes emotionally with the players at the clubhouse. Many of them acknowledged the sadness of the moment. Moore had led the organization for the past 16 years as general manager and president of baseball operations.

“He’s such a great guy. A great guy,” Perez said. “I just old him, ‘Thanks for everything.’ I love him.”

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Perez played his 1,245th game, tying Alcides Escobar and Fred Patek for eighth place in Royals history, and his three hits on Wednesday night touched the height of the season.

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RHP Josh Winder (4-4, 4.17 ERA) will face Kansas City for the first time in the final game of the road trip to Minnesota on Thursday. Royals RHP Jonathan Hesley (3-8, 5.09) will look to make 6 2/3 scoreless innings on his last start in Boston.

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This story was originally published September 21, 2022 11:13 PM.

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