Meche finally wins, Royals beat Twins 6-3 and halt 7-game slide
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—The Kansas City Royals aren’t going to lose 100 games this season, and manager Buddy Bell isn’t surprised at all.
It also was Kansas City’s 63rd win of the season, ensuring it won’t have triple-digit losses for the first time in four years.
“I knew that question would come up,” a grimacing Bell said when asked about avoiding another 100-loss year. “I never thought that this team would lose 100. I don’t really think it’s that big of a deal. I always believed from the very beginning that wasn’t going to be the case.”
Meche (8-12) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings, earning his first win since he beat Detroit on July 20. He was 0-6 with three no-decisions in his previous nine starts.
“I’ve been pitching well, so I could kind of swallow it a little bit easier,” said Meche, who struck out seven and walked one.
“It’s just been a bad-luck season. I haven’t had good run support. I’m not going to look at the guys any different.”
Meche, whose 3.82 ERA is eighth best in the AL, said turning the 100-loss corner is just another sign the Royals are headed in the right direction. Between seven-game losing skids in May and September, the Royals were 43-40.
“We just have a lot of good things going with this team for the future,” Meche said. “I think it’s going to be an exciting offseason to see what moves we make. I think we’re getting close.”
Silva (11-14) lasted just two innings before departing with a pulled right groin. He allowed three runs and five hits in his shortest outing of the season.
Manager Ron Gardenhire came out to the mound to talk with Silva in the second and lifted right-hander before the third.
“He’s day to day,” Gardenhire said. “I’m not sure about his next start. We’ll just have to wait and see how everything goes and where he’s at when it comes up.”
Teahen had a single, double and solo homer for Kansas City.
“Once we got four runs, I felt great,” he said. “The first three or four innings went smooth as they could have. Every time I got a 3-2 count, I was able to throw different pitches other than my fastball to get some good punchouts and get some guys off balance.”
Teahen went deep leading off the third. In the sixth, John Buck singled and DeJesus connected for his seventh homer.
Alex Gordon hit his 34th double in the seventh, establishing a Royals rookie record.
“I know one thing,” Bell said. “It’s not very much fun to lose 100. I can tell you that.”
Kevin Seitzer and Mark Quinn had shared the Royals record for doubles by a rookie. … DeJesus had driven in 56 runs in both 2005 and ’06. … Kansas City went 83-79 in 2003.