Royals swept in doubleheader by Twins
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Luke Hochevar's night was over quickly.
Hochevar (7-13) lasted just 1 2-3 innings, the shortest outing of his career, in an 8-7 loss Saturday night to the Minnesota Twins in the second game of a doubleheader.
Justin Morneau drove in two runs and Minnesota rookie Cole De Vries beat the Royals 3-1 in the first game.
Hochevar faced 14 batters, 10 reached (six hits and four walks) and eight scored before he was replaced by Everett Teaford, who threw 5 1-3 scoreless innings.
Hochevar gave up a grand slam to Joe Mauer in the second inning and a three-run homer to Chris Parmelee in the first.
"Hochevar just didn't have it," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He was battling his command and he had his pitch count up to the mid-60s in the second inning. It just wasn't his night. They did the damage on two swings. It was the walks and a couple of homers."
"We were looking for him to hold the fort after we lost the first one, but he just couldn't get it done. We wanted him to pitch his way through it and it just didn't happen."
Mauer's grand slam in the second inning of the nightcap was the third of his career and the first by the Twins this year. Mauer's ninth home run came after Pedro Florimon's double was sandwiched around walks to Drew Butera and Ben Revere.
Parmelee homered in the first with Alexi Casilla and Josh Willingham aboard.
"It was just a bad game," Hochevar said. "My command wasn't working. I threw inside pitches to Mauer and Parmelee both and both of them jumped on it and got the bat on it. That and the walks. Falling behind guys was the problem. Mauer is not a guy with runners on base you want to get too aggressive with."
The Twins led 8-2 after two innings, but Twins right-hander Liam Hendriks, who is 0-9 in 15 career starts, was unable to pick up the victory.
Hendriks was pulled after 3 2-3 innings, allowing two unearned runs in the fourth after a fielding error by third baseman Trevor Plouffe.
After Plouffe's miscue that could have ended the inning, Hendriks allowed RBI singles to Alex Gordon and Billy Butler, trimming the lead to 8-5.
Anthony Swarzak replaced Hendricks, who allowed five runs, three earned, and 10 hits. Swarzak (3-4) was credited with the victory, allowing two runs and one hit in 2 2-3 innings.
Eric Hosmer's two-run, two-out single off Casey Fien, the fourth Minnesota pitcher, made it 8-7 in the seventh inning.
Salvador Perez went 4 for 5, matching his career high in hits, and drove in a Kansas City run with a first-inning single.
De Vries (4-5) has four career victories and three of them are against the
Royals. He limited the Royals to one run and seven hits, walked none and struck
out three over 6 2/3 innings in the opener.
"We just couldn't muster anything against him," Yost said. "He does a nice job of keeping the ball down and getting us to swing at his pitches a lot more than we want to. We just couldn't do anything with the bats."