Span drives in 6, Twins keep pace in AL Central
The surging Twins remained two games behind first-place Detroit, which beat the Chicago White Sox 12-5, in the AL Central. Minnesota was in third place and 5 1/2 games behind the Tigers after a Sept. 12 loss. The teams open a four-game series Monday night at Detroit.
The Twins batted around in a five-run fourth inning, highlighted by Span’s bases-loaded triple. Four runs were unearned after shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt’s(notes) wild throw, his fourth error in three games, allowed Delmon Young(notes) to reach first base and Jason Kubel(notes) to score.
Baker retired 13 in a row after giving up back-to-back home runs to Alberto Callaspo(notes) and Brayan Pena(notes) in the second. It was the sixth time this season the Royals have hit consecutive home runs.
Billy Butler(notes) doubled home Mitch Maier(notes) in the Royals’ eighth. It was Butler’s 50th double, making him the seventh player in big league history to reach that milestone before his 23rd birthday.
The Royals have given up 39 runs, 11 unearned, in losing four straight.
NOTES: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected in the eighth by plate umpire Eric Cooper for arguing a warning issued after LHP Ron Mahay(notes) threw inside. … The flu bug is running through the Royals’ clubhouse, keeping LF David DeJesus(notes), C Miguel Olivo(notes) and RF Mark Teahen(notes) out of the lineup. … Royals manager Trey Hillman said LHP Dusty Hughes(notes), who had not pitched since a Sept. 19 start and loss at Chicago when he left with a nerve irritation, should be available for bullpen duty Sunday after two bullpen sessions with no discomfort.