MINNEAPOLIS – Jake Cave drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning and the Minnesota Twins endured a pair of rain delays before finally beating the Kansas City Royals 6-4 in a game that ended early Saturday morning.
Play was halted for an hour and 31 minutes in the top of the fourth inning and again for 53 minutes in the bottom of the sixth. The game concluded at 12:56 a.m. local time.
Minnesota held a one-run lead when heavy rain forced the game's first stoppage. After the delay, Kansas City scored two runs in the top of the fifth to take a 4-3 advantage.
The Twins responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, including one on the walk by Cave. Minnesota added a run in the sixth before more rain stopped the action once again for nearly an hour.
The multiple delays forced both teams to dig into their bullpens. Twins starter Jake Odorizzi exited after 3 1/3 innings, while Royals right-hander Heath Fillmyer was limited to three innings in his start. The two teams combined to use nine relievers.
Minnesota struck first on Friday with a three-run second inning. Miguel Sano's liner down the third base line bounced off the glove of Hunter Dozier and into foul territory, allowing two Twins runs to score.
Salvador Perez's 19th home run of the year cut Minnesota's lead to 3-2 in the third. Kansas City scored two runs in the fifth off Twins reliever Gabriel Moya (1-0) to briefly take a 4-3 lead.
Brian Flynn (2-3) took the loss.
SANTANA RETURNS TO MINNESOTA
For the first time in more than a decade, former Twins ace Johan Santana is back in Minnesota.
Santana made his return to Minneapolis for the weekend as he prepares to be induced into the Twins Hall of Fame on Saturday. The two-time Cy Young winner was joined at Target Field by several former teammates, including Michael Cuddyer, Justin Morneau, Christian Guzman and more.
While talking on Friday about his return, Santana got a bit nostalgic about the Metrodome, the since-demolished former home of the Twins. On the old Metrodome site sits U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings.
"When I saw that, I couldn't believe the Metrodome wasn't there, because that was home," Santana said. "That's where all the magic happened."
Santana spent eight years with Minnesota before a trade sent him to the Mets. He was 93-44 with a 3.22 ERA during his Twins tenure. He'll be inducted during a pregame ceremony prior to Saturday's game between the Twins and Royals.
TWINS CLAIM TWO OFF WAIVERS
Prior to Friday's game, Minnesota claimed RHP Oliver Drake off waivers from Toronto and INF Johnny Field off waivers from Tampa Bay. Drake will join the Twins on Saturday, while Field will report to Triple-A Rochester.
Royals: RHP Burch Smith is making just his fifth start of the year after moving from the bullpen to the rotation in early July. Smith posted a 7.47 ERA in his first four starts this season.
Twins: RHP Jose Berrios is looking to bounce back from his last outing, in which he needed 106 pitches to get through 4 2/3 innings in a loss to Boston.