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.
|Pittsburgh - WP: B. Morris||8||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - LP: S. LeCure||7|
|Washington - LP: S. Strasburg||2||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: T. Koehler||11|
|Pittsburgh - LP: G. Cole||5||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - WP: M. Leake||7|
|Seattle - LP: B. Beavan||0||FINAL|
|Texas - WP: R. Ross Jr.||5|
|St. Louis - WP: S. Miller||6||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: M. Estrada||1|
|Boston - LP: B. Badenhop||1||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - WP: D. Webb||2|
|Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura||4||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: L. Harrell||2|
|Toronto - WP: A. Loup||9||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes||3|
|NY Mets||9||Top 9th Inning|
|Oakland||5||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Colorado||3||Top 6th Inning|
|Los Angeles||1||Top 6th Inning|
|Denver||61||3rd Qtr 7:08|