As the temperature soared Sunday in Kansas City, relief pitchers jumped into action -- and the lineup kept connecting.
Jason Bartlett had five of the Twins' 22 hits Sunday.A SERIES OF NUMBERS
The Twins' sweep of Kansas City was chock-full of numbers:
Games swept by the Twins in the series -- a first for Minnesota in Kansas City.
Minnesota hits Sunday -- the most in a game this season.
Combined hits for No. 8 and No. 9 hitters Jason Tyner and Jason Bartlett on Sunday.
Walks issued by Kansas City pitchers to Twins in the series.
KANSAS CITY, MO. - As the temperature climbed to 105 degrees Sunday at Kauffman Stadium, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire had one basic concern about his red-hot offense: overheating.
Gardenhire hated watching his hitters wilt in the sun while minor-league journeyman Mike Smith exhausted 80 pitches through the first three innings against the Royals.
So the manager turned things over to his ever-efficient bullpen, and the Big Road Machine kept rolling for an 11-5 victory that gave the Twins their first four-game sweep at Kansas City in club history.
Minnesota matched a franchise record with its eighth consecutive road victory and pulled within a half-game of the White Sox for the American League wild-card lead.
|Baltimore - WP: F. Garcia||6||FINAL|
|Toronto - LP: R. Dickey||5|
|Cleveland - LP: V. Pestano||4||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: J. Tazawa||7|
|LA Angels - WP: B. Buckner||7||FINAL|
|Kansas City - LP: J. Guthrie||0|
|Colorado - LP: R. Betancourt||5||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: S. Romo||6|
|Minnesota - WP: P. Walters||3||FINAL|
|Detroit - LP: D. Fister||2|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: T. Wood||2||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - WP: H. Bailey||5|
|Pittsburgh - WP: J. Locke||5||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: M. Fiers||2|
|NY Yankees - WP: I. Nova||4||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: J. Lueke||3|
|Atlanta - WP: A. Varvaro||7||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: B. Lyon||5|
|Philadelphia - WP: C. Durbin||5||FINAL|
|Washington - LP: D. Storen||3|
|St. Louis - LP: S. Maness||3||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: P. Rodriguez||5|
|Miami - LP: R. Webb||1||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - WP: J. Peavy||2|
|Oakland - WP: A. Griffin||11||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: L. Harrell||5|
|Atlanta - WP: M. Minor||6||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: D. Gee||0|
|San Diego - WP: A. Cashner||10||FINAL|
|Arizona - LP: W. Miley||4|
|Texas - WP: D. Holland||5||FINAL|
|Seattle - LP: F. Hernandez||2|
|Real Salt Lake||1|
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