KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Dee Brown had an impressive day for a
guy who stranded five baserunners.
Three straight times Kansas City's journeyman outfielder came to
bat with the bases loaded. He responded with a grand slam and an
RBI single during the Royals' 12-3 blowout Friday night of the
slumping Minnesota Twins.
"My third time up, I told (Twins catcher) Matt LeCroy, 'Matt,
I've already had a good day but now I can only fail,' " said Brown,
who struck out in his other bases-loaded situation. He also flew
out with two on in the eighth.
The five RBI were a career high.
"I had a chance for 12 RBI but only came up with five. It
ended up being a good day but I left a lot of guys on base," he
Desi Relaford had a two-run homer and an RBI single for the
Royals, who batted around in both the third and fourth innings and
have won four of five since an eight-game losing streak.
The Twins, who outscored Kansas City 25-0 in a three-game sweep
last week in Minnesota have matched their season-worst skid with
five straight losses.
"We kicked their tails last week," said Brad Radke (5-6), who
lasted only three innings in his second-shortest stint of the
season. "This week they're kicking our tails."
Brown hit his second career grand slam off Radke in the six-run
third. He had an RBI single off Joe Roa in the four-run fourth and
struck out against Grant Balfour with two out and the bases loaded
in the fifth.
Mike Sweeney singled in his first four at-bats, giving him hits
in six straight and seven of eight at-bats. David DeJesus hit his
first major league home run leading off the bottom of the first for
Every starter but catcher John Buck had at least one hit and one
run scored for the Royals, who had 17 hits. Buck was 0-for-5 and
made the third out in every inning he batted.
"It just wasn't our night pitching," Minnesota manager Ron
Gardenhire said. "Balls were falling everywhere -- bloops, blops
and hard-hit balls. That was pretty much the night."
Darrell May (7-9), who started the year 2-8, pitched seven
innings of seven-hit ball and won for the fourth time in five
decisions. He gave up three runs, with two walks and three
Radke was charged with seven runs on eight hits. Roa got only
one out and was charged with five hits and four runs.
The defending AL Central champion Twins unraveled in the fifth
after Tony Graffanino beat out an infield single and sped all the
way to third on third baseman Corey Koskie's wild throw. Sweeney
then reached on an RBI single that skipped off the glove of
shortstop Cristian Guzman and could have been ruled an error.
Brown's slow roller glanced off Roa's glove for an RBI single,
making it 9-1 before Ruben Mateo dumped a two-run single into
right-center for an 11-1 lead.
Radke had Brown down 0-2 before Brown worked the count to 2-2
and lifted a changeup into the right-field seats.
"I battled him," he said. "I didn't hit it that good, but it
was able to get out of here. I was a little out front but I knew it
had a chance."
Shannon Stewart homered leading off the game for Minnesota on an
0-1 pitch, just as DeJesus would do for Kansas City a few minutes
later. The Twins got two in the seventh on LeCroy's RBI double and
Luis Rivas' sacrifice fly.
Brown's other grand slam came on April 9, 2003, at Detroit.
... An MRI on Twins 1B Doug Mientkiewicz found no broken bones in
his left wrist, which was hit by a line drive during batting
practice. ... Radke's ERA went from 3.47 to 3.89. ... SS Guzman was
back in the lineup after sitting out because of a nosebleed. ...
DeJesus' home run was the Royals' first leadoff homer of the
season. It was the first time both teams hit leadoff home runs
since Aug. 30, 2000, when Jacque Jones did it for Minnesota and Ray
Durham for Oakland.