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.
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