Royals keep rolling, rout Twins
Jeremy Guthrie pitched a four-hitter and Eric Hosmer drove in a career-high five runs to help the Kansas City Royals rout the Minnesota Twins 13-0 on Monday night.
The Royals, who have won 12 of their past 13 games, scored a season-high 13 runs.
Guthrie (12-7) won his fourth straight start to log his 12th victory, which is a career high. It was his second career shutout and he lowered his earned run average to 3.94. The right-hander retired the final 13 batters, did not allow a Twins runner to reach third base and only two touched second base. He struck out seven and walked one.
The Royals sent 11 men to the plate in a six-run second inning, which was highlighted by Mike Moustakas and Hosmer stroking two-run singles. Moustakas collected two hits in the inning.
The inning, also, included Lorenzo Cain walking with the bases loaded and a Billy Butler run-producing single.
Hosmer hit his 12th home run in the sixth with Jarrod Dyson and Cain aboard.
Moustakas, who had two hits in the second inning, went 4-for-5, matching his career high for hits.
Kevin Correia (7-8) was pulled after two innings and 16 batters faced, allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks. Correia has been rocked lately, not lasting more than two innings in two of his past three starts. He has given up 14 runs and 24 hits in just 9 2-3 innings. It got so bad that infielder Jamey Carroll pitched the eighth for the Twins, his first career big league outing on the mound. He retired the Royals in order.
Notes: Royals 2B Miguel Tejada went 0-for-3 with a walk to snap his season-high eight-game hitting streak. ... Royals OF David Lough was held of the lineup with soreness in his left quadriceps after leaving the game Sunday with the injury. ... Royals RHP Wade Davis, who is on the family emergency leave list, is still penciled in as the Wednesday starter, but that could change with the death of his step-brother. ... Twins OF Josh Willingham, who had left knee surgery on July 3, began a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Class AAA Rochester.