Minnesota avoided a three-game sweep to Milwaukee with a 5-2 win Sunday. However, the three-time defending division champions couldn’t wait to put interleague play behind them. They went 5-11 in their last 16 games, with five straight series losses—four to NL teams.
Minnesota finished 8-10 in interleague play.
“It’s nice to get a win and get out of town and get rid of National League baseball and get back to some American League baseball,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Rookie Luis Rodriguez hit his first major league home run and had a career high three hits for the Twins on Sunday.
The Twins, who conclude their six-game homestand against last-place Tampa Bay next weekend, look to improve to 6-0 against the Royals this season.
Lew Ford hit a game-winning RBI single to lift Minnesota to a 6-5, 11-inning win in the last meeting between the teams on April 28. The 28-year-old outfielder has three game-winning RBIs against Kansas City this year, and is batting .359 (33-for-92) with five homers and 23 RBIs in 26 career games the Royals.
Kansas City has lost the first six games of its nine-game trip, including a 9-4 defeat to Colorado on Sunday. The Royals have scored 20 runs while batting .224 (44-for-196) during the skid.
Pinch-hitter Matt Stairs hit a two-run homer for Kansas City, which is in its worst slump since manager Buddy Bell took over on June 1. The Royals are 12-12 under Bell.