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Diamond helps Twins beat Royals in first game of doubleheader

Jun 30, 2012 - 9:06 PM Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Scott Diamond allowed only two runs in eight strong innings, giving the Minnesota bullpen some relief in a 7-2 win over the Royals to begin a Saturday day-night doubleheader.

The twinbill was necessary after a game was washed out in April, and Diamond (7-3) made sure the relief corps would be well-rested for the latter half. The lefty matched his longest career outing and continued his superb season by yielding only six hits.

Diamond's earned run average was lowered to 2.63 after tossing his eighth quality start in 11 chances. Minnesota, meanwhile, snapped its three-game skid.

The Twins also put together an offensive barrage, with a homer from Trevor Plouffe and a three-hit, two-RBI game from Alexi Casilla.

Yuniesky Betancourt drove in both of the Royals' runs, but Kansas City saw its four-game win streak snapped. As he is wont to do, Jonathan Sanchez (1-4) struggled with his command all afternoon, allowing six runs, 10 hits and walking six in only 4 1/3 innings.

It's the third time in 10 starts this season that Sanchez has walked at least six, and he's issued at least two free passes in every start thus far.

Diamond allowed a leadoff single to Alex Gordon, but erased him with a double play groundout and didn't allow another hit until the sixth.

Meanwhile, Minnesota built an insurmountable six-run lead.

In the third, Joe Mauer led off with a single and moved to second on Josh Willingham's walk. Plouffe put the first run on the board with an RBI double down the left-field line.

Newly-extended Ryan Doumit followed with a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead, and the Twins exploded for four more runs in the fifth.

Sanchez retired the first batter of the inning, but departed after allowing the next five to reach base. Doumit and Darin Mastroianni both singled with one out, and Doumit scored on Brian Dozier's infield hit.

After pulling off a double steal to put runners on second and third, the Twins went ahead by five on Casilla's two-run double. Span ended Sanchez's day with an RBI single to center for a 6-0 margin.

The Royals finally got to Diamond in the sixth on a pair of singles and an RBI groundout and again in the eighth on a Betancourt RBI single, but the deficit proved to be too much.

Plouffe's solo shot in the eighth off Tommy Hottovy accounted for the final margin.

Game Notes

The make-up game played Saturday was originally scheduled for April 28...Doumit signed a two-year extension on Friday reportedly worth about $7 million...This is the first time in five Target Field day-night doubleheaders where the Twins won the first game...Hottovy is the "26th man" recalled for Saturday's doubleheader, as allowed by the new collective bargaining agreement.


    Jun 30 3:57 PM

  • Trevor Plouffe two-out, solo Home Run (16) to left. Ryan Doumit due up.

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  • Yuniesky Betancourt single to left scored Jason Bourgeois with one out. On the play, Jarrod Dyson advances to second. Runners on first and second and Mike Moustakas due up.

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  • Yuniesky Betancourt grounded out third to first scored Jason Bourgeois with two out. On the play, Alex Gordon advances to second. Runner on second and Mike Moustakas due up.

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  • Denard Span single to center scored Alexi Casilla with one out. Runner on first and Ben Revere due up.

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  • Alexi Casilla double to left scored Darin Mastroianni and Brian Dozier with one out. Runner on second and Denard Span due up.

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  • Brian Dozier infield single to catcher scored Ryan Doumit with one out. On the play, Darin Mastroianni advances to second. Runners on first and second and Alexi Casilla due up.

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  • Ryan Doumit sacrifice fly out to center scored Josh Willingham with one out. On the play, Trevor Plouffe advances to third. Runner on third and Darin Mastroianni due up.

    Royals 0, Twins 2  Bot 3, 1 OutJun 30 2:06 PM

  • Trevor Plouffe double to left scored Joe Mauer with none out. On the play, Josh Willingham advances to third. Runners on second and third and Ryan Doumit due up.

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