Beltran, the AL player of the month for April, snapped an 0-for-12 slump with a bases-loaded double Saturday, leading the Royals to a 5-2 win. The All-Star outfielder has hit just .216 with three home runs this month, after hitting .316 with eight homers in April.
“I’m seeing the ball good. I don’t know what’s going on,” Beltran said. “It seems like I can’t get on top of the ball. In that at-bat, I was going out there and just try to put the ball in play. J.C. (Romero) threw me a sinker right down the middle and I was able to hit it. As soon as I hit it I knew it was in the gap.”
Royals manager Tony Pena threw back his head and laughed when asked if he’d even considered pinch-hitting for his star outfielder.
“No,” he said. “He’s having his struggles. But the horses always step in at the right time. That’s what good players do. They brought in a very, very tough relief pitcher and he got a big hit. I was so happy for Carlos.”
Minnesota has lost five of its last six to fall out of first place in the AL Central. The Twins look forward to returning home after Sunday’s game, having played 18 of their last 25 on the road.