Greinke, Royals beat Twins to win home finale

September 28, 2009

The Minnesota Twins somehow missed Zack Greinke the first 14 times they faced the Kansas City Royals this season.

Now, they get him twice in a week - it couldn't have come at a worse time.

Greinke worked through several jams in seven innings to bolster his Cy Young Award chances and put a dent in Minnesota's postseason hopes, helping the Royals win their home finale 4-1 on Sunday.

With a chance to pull within one game of AL Central-leading Detroit, Minnesota couldn't overcome Francisco Liriano's short-lived return to the rotation and let Greinke (16-8) wriggle out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the third inning. The Twins, who had won five straight, hope to have learned something from the outing: Greinke is scheduled to pitch against them again Saturday in Minnesota.