Alcides Escobar, Royals
His singles were timely and critical, one tying the score in the third inning, one putting KC in front for good in the fourth.
BY THE NUMBERS
16 Strikeouts by Twins hitters, most in a nine-inning game this year, and second only to 19-K extra-inning game in Seattle last month
9 Extra-base hits by Brian Dozier in his past nine games, including a triple to lead off Wednesday’s game, and an RBI double later
1 Pinch hits by Joe Mauer this season, after ninth-inning single, his first pinch hit since 2011
The Twins are off Thursday before playing a doubleheader in Chicago Friday.