The Minnesota Twins took the first game of the double header by defeating the Kansas City Royals 7-2. The Twins had a strong start by Scott Diamond who shut down the Royals for eight innings by allowing only six hits, two runs and struck out four batters for his seventh win of the season.
The Royals starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez was pitching fairly well up until the fifth inning when he gave up four runs after only able to get one out. Sanchez gave up 10 hits and six runs over 4.1 innings of work which was too much for the Royals to overcome, and after five innings they trailed 6-0.
Second baseman Yuniesky Betancourt was the only Royals player who provided any offense as he drove in both runs. The first came in the sixth when he grounded out to third but was able to knock in Jason Bourgeois and the other came in the eighth inning on a RBI single which also scored Bourgeois.
The Royals have another game to prepare for tonight, so they need to forget about this performance and be ready go at 6:10 p.m. CT for a new game.