Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/14)

Game 1: Monday, May 13
Minnesota 3Final
Kansas City 2
Game 2: Tuesday, May 14
Minnesota 1Final
Kansas City 8
Game 3: Wednesday, May 15
Minnesota 8Final
Kansas City 6
Game 4: Thursday, May 16
Minnesota 14Final
Kansas City 5

Twins 1

(23-17, 7-11 away)

Royals 8

(13-23, 8-11 home)

    8:05 PM ET, May 14, 2002

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    MIN 100000000 1 - -
    KC 12023000 - 8 - -

    W: J. Suppan (4-4)

    L: M. Kinney (1-3)

    Hinch, Knoblauch go long in Royal win

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A.J. Hinch was glad he didn't know what kind of pitch he hit for a three-run homer.

    A.J. Hinch

    "That means you're just seeing the ball and reacting to the ball," said Hinch, who tied a career high with four RBI in Kansas City's 8-1 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday night.

    "It means you're not thinking too much, and I can do that with the best of them. I can always over-think a situation and create a bigger hole than I'm in."

    Slumping Chuck Knoblauch also hit a home run and Jeff Suppan (4-4) allowed only one unearned run and nine hits in eight innings. Suppan struck out six and walked none, winning for the third time in four starts.

    The Royals had lost their seven previous home games against the Twins.

    Knoblauch, hitting just .184 coming in, connected off Matt Kinney (1-3) for the 30th leadoff homer of his career. He also had an RBI single and scored in the fourth inning.

    Kinney, in his 12th major league start, gave up five runs, seven hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings.

    "Our starting pitching just kind of set the tone for us tonight," said Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire. "It was just not a very good night for our pitching."

    After starting 0-6 under interim manager John Mizerock after Tony Muser was fired on April 29, the Royals have gone 5-2. As they wait for ownership to select a permanent manager, a groundswell is building in the clubhouse for the popular Mizerock, who managed many of the players in the Royals' minor league system.

    "I love Rock. I've said it all along," said Hinch. "I love the atmosphere he creates, his character, the way he comes to the park. You're seeing a much looser clubhouse."

    Hinch had an RBI single in the second inning and a three-run homer in the fifth off Bob Wells.

    Doug Mientkiewicz's sacrifice fly put Minnesota ahead in the first following a throwing error by Hinch, but Kansas City went ahead in the second on Neifi Perez's two-out triple, Hinch's single and Michael Tucker's bases-loaded walk.

    Knoblauch had an RBI single in the fourth and Mike Sweeney made it 5-1 with a sacrifice fly.

    A terrific throw home from Carlos Beltran in center field kept the Twins from scoring in the fourth. With David Ortiz on second, Brian Buchanan singled to center. Beltran's throw to catcher Hinch easily beat Ortiz to the plate.

    "It all started with Beltran's play, throwing out the guy at the plate," Suppan said. `That was a rough inning. But when he threw out the guy, that was huge. It got momentum back on our side."

    Game notes

    Darrell May, the LHP the Royals bought from a Japanese team during the offseason, is expected to make his second start of the year Saturday in a doubleheader at Cleveland. He has been bothered by a pulled groin muscle. ... The Twins put RHP Brad Radke on the 15-day DL. He pulled a groin muscle while pitching Monday night. The Twins purchased the contract of RHP Mike Trombley from Triple-A Edmonton. ... The Twins had not lost in Kansas City since May 5, 2001. ... Knoblauch's previous leadoff homer was last Aug. 1. He fouled off five two-strike pitches before singling in the fourth.

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