MINNEAPOLIS(AP) Without better starting pitching, the
can forget about the postseason.
homered and drove in three runs, and the
Kansas City Royals
had their highest run total of the season in a 14-6 victory over Minnesota Tuesday night.
both had three hits for the Royals.
had three hits and
extended his career-best hitting streak to 20 games for Minnesota, which has lost five of six and eight of 10. It was the
fourth straight home game the Twins have allowed double-digit runs.
''If we had all the answers it'd be easy, we could stop it, we could fix it right away,'' said manager
Much of the Twins' recent struggles can be attributed to poor starting pitching. Minnesota starters have a 4.95 ERA, ahead
of only Cleveland and Baltimore in the American League. In 23 games since the All-Star break, Twins' starters have a 6.38
(8-7) allowed six runs and six hits in 1 2-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. Blackburn, who allowed two earned
runs in 6 1-3 innings last Wednesday in Cleveland, reverted to the form of his previous three outings when he allowed 17 earned
runs in 15 1-3 innings. He is 0-3 with an 8.87 ERA in his last five starts.
''Right now my pitches are a little bit flat and up. We just need to figure out what it is,'' said Blackburn. ''It's embarrassing
and frustrating. I'm getting tired of these outings.''
It was just the latest cause for concern for a team that thought starting pitching would be a strong suit, but may now consider
, acquired Friday from Cleveland, as its ace. Pavano pitched seven scoreless innings in his Minnesota debut Saturday.
had season-ending surgery on his right wrist last week,
has been inconsistent - allowing six earned runs in 4 1-3 innings in his last start, after one earned run in his previous
has a 5.44 ERA in 10 starts,
, who is scheduled to start Wednesday, is 4-11 with a 5.63 ERA and could be bullpen-bound.
, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the game with a left shoulder strain, is 6-7 with a 5.95 ERA.
''We don't know what we're going to get right now,'' Gardenhire said. ''We just got to try and get a good roll going and a
Making his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Omaha,
(4-8) allowed one earned run and five hits in five innings, but got his second win in 11 starts since April 30. Davies, who
threw 105 pitches, last won on June 13, against Cincinnati. He allowed a season-high eight runs and eight hits last Wednesday
''Fortunately for him the thing that kept him in the ball game tonight was being able to locate his changeup, got him out
of a lot of trouble, and he had some good spots with his curveball as well,'' said manager Trey Hillman. ''Hopefully he can
keep going to those and continue to try to get that release point with his fastball because that's the key part.''
A two-run triple by Olivo and ground-rule double by
highlighted a four-run first inning for Kansas City, which is averaging 7.13 runs in its last eight games.
A single by
put the Royals up 6-1 in the second.
''We didn't let up after we got the quick runs. That's huge,'' Jacobs said. ''Anytime you put that gas pedal down you gotta
go, they all count no matter what. It was nice to see the guys swing the bats. It looked like everybody felt pretty good.''
Olivo homered off
in the third to make it 7-1. Duensing allowed three earned runs in 1 2-3 innings.
An RBI double by Gordon, and RBI triple by
made it 12-1 in the sixth.
had a two-run double in Minnesota's three-run eighth.
NOTES: Cabrera singled in the first and scored on a wild pitch. ... Olivo's home run tied his career-high of 16 set in 2006
and 2007. ... Kansas City entered the game tied with Oakland and Texas for the lowest overall team batting average at .255.