MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins knew there were going to be some bumps in the road when they started using catcher Ryan Doumit in left field as a way to keep his big bat in the lineup.
They hit a pretty big one in the eighth inning on Wednesday night.
Doumit committed three errors in Kansas City's four-run inning, helping the Royals turn a tight game into a 10-5 victory.
"I'm going to have days like this," Doumit said. "It's part of the learning curve. It's part of all that. It's embarrassing, but I'm going to learn from it and go out and get 'em tomorrow."
P.J. Walters (2-4) gave up six runs on seven hits in four innings for the Twins, who were missing star catcher Joe Mauer for the second straight game with back spasms. But they trailed just 6-5 heading into the eighth inning.
Doumit has played fairly well in his limited time in left field, enough to please both manager Ron Gardenhire and GM Terry Ryan. But the acclimation turned ugly in the eighth when he dropped a fly ball from Johnny Giavotella after a long run to the gap, then booted a hard-hit single by Alcides Escobar that allowed a run to score. Doumit's throw also allowed two runners to advance, giving him a third error in the inning.
"A tough inning for him, but he's actually been playing pretty good out there," Gardenhire said. "A catcher by position out playing other positions, he's handled himself pretty good. Tonight was a little rough out there, the one inning. But we'll keep running him out there. He gives us everything he has."
It was the second time this season, and fourth since 2010, that a player has committed three errors in one inning, according to STATS LLC. Oakland first baseman Brandon Moss did it in the sixth against San Francisco on June 23.
"Tonight was just one of those nights," Doumit said. "I took my eye off the ball. When you take your eye off the ball, bad things happen."
It was another one of those nights for Walters as well.
He breezed through the first three innings before Perez hit a solo homer in the fourth and the Royals crushed him in the fifth. Butler's two-run single gave Kansas City a 5-3 lead and chased Walters, and Lorenzo Cain capped the inning with an RBI-single off of Anthony Swarzak to make it 6-3.