4/9: Twins Lose Fifth Straight to Kansas City Royals, 7-0

The Minnesota Twins lost 7-0 to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night. It is the first time in Twins history that they have started 0-5; the 1969, 1981 and 2012 started 0-4 before getting a win.

Ian Kennedy pitched 6.2 scoreless innings in his first start after signing a five-year, $70 million deal. Tommy Milone gave up four hits and four runs (two earned) in 4.2 innings pitched. Shortstop Eduardo Escobar committed two errors after Milone had pitched three scoreless innings.

“Whatever is happening behind me,” Milone told the Star Tribune. “I have to come back and make pitches.”

Casey Fien pitched an inning of relief and was tagged with the other three earned runs in the sixth inning. Danny Santana was injured in the inning and was placed on the 15-day disabled list; Max Kepler was recalled from Triple-A Rochester.

“I’m really sore right now,” Santana told the Pioneer Press through an interpreter. “I don’t know how bad it is, but it’s sore. I don’t know how long I’ll be out. Maybe I can come back in a few weeks.”

Salvador Perez scored two runs for Kansas City. Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Kendrys Morales, Omar Infante and Paulo Orlando all had one apiece.

“Disappointed to not have played a more competitive game,” Molitor said. “You just got to figure out a way to keep coming back the next day and stay positive about things turning around.’’

[Star Tribune, Pioneer Press]
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