After a rare offensive outburst a day earlier, the Kansas City Royals' bats seemingly came back to Earth on Saturday, stymied by a pitcher in his big league debut.
On Sunday, they'll hope Ervin Santana - who has dominated Minnesota in recent years - can give the Twins a dose of their own medicine in the series finale at Target Field.
Kansas City (37-41) connected for a season-high four homers in Friday's 9-3 win, then took its seventh loss in 10 games in a 6-2 defeat Saturday. Minnesota (36-41) starter Kyle Gibson held them in check over six innings, marking the eighth time in 11 contests the Royals have been held to three runs or fewer.
"We got kind of put in a hole early there," Eric Hosmer said of his club, which trailed 5-0 after the first and came up empty handed in a bases-loaded situation in the eighth. "We were trying to inch back, and inch back. Just fell short."
They'll turn to Santana (5-5, 2.74 ERA), who has been one of baseball's best pitchers this month. His 1.56 E...