Royals swept by Twins after 4-3 loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 13, 2014 at 6:27 pm •  Published: April 13, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Kansas City Royals were close to getting their first road win of the season.

But the Twins scored two unearned runs in the eighth inning and rallied for a 4-3 victory on Sunday.

With the bases loaded and one out, Chris Herrmann's comebacker was fielded by Wade Davis, who threw wide to the plate to allow the tying run to score.

Davis was late getting back to the plate, and Brian Dozier slid under the tag for the go-ahead run.

"We had the win right there staring us in the face, and it just didn't happen," said Davis, who said a bad grip on the ball led to his throw sailing to the backstop.

Noticing Davis' reaction, Dozier never broke stride.

"Most definitely," Dozier said. "When you look up and you round the base and you see that nobody is covering home, you gotta be aggressive."

The loss ruined a comeback by the Royals, who scored three runs in the eighth inning after the Twins took the lead on Josmil Pinto's two-run homer in the seventh.

It also spoiled a third straight quality start by the Royals' Jason Vargas, who has a win and two no-decisions.

Eric Hosmer's double to the center field wall scored Nori Aoki to give the Royals a 3-2 lead.

But Kansas City's bullpen couldn't hold the lead, walking three before Davis' throwing error.

"I got frustrated," Davis said. "It's unacceptable. Had the play right there in front of me, just didn't make it."

Aaron Crow (0-1) walked two and was charged with two unearned runs and was the losing pitcher for Kansas City, which has lost four of five going into Monday's day off.

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