KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s ugly baseball, and then there’s what happened during the bottom of the seventh inning on Thursday night in Kansas City, another lowlight in a season that’s been filled with them for the Twins.
Rookie Trevor Larnach had parked himself underneath a routine fly ball in left. Fellow rookie, Gilberto Celestino, was also chasing after it, running over from center.
The two collided and the ball dropped in. Celestino’s subsequent throw into the infield sailed over second baseman Nick Gordon’s head, rolling toward Miguel Sanó at first. While it did, Jarrod Dyson raced home to score the go-ahead run, which ended up being the determining factor in the Royals’ 6-5 win over the Twins on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.
The miscommunication wrapped up a game in which the Twins (22-34) and Royals (28-26) traded punches all night. Every time the Twins scored, the Royals responded immediately.
Josh Donaldson finished the with three hits, two of them home runs, and Jorge Polanco also added three hits. Catcher Ryan Jeffers, who had two hits in his return to the big leagues on Wednesday, added two more Thursday.
Starter J.A. Happ gave up five runs in the loss on nine hits, two of them coming on Salvador Pérez home runs.