Jarrod Dyson made the Kansas City Royals' roster out of spring training because of his speed. That paid off Friday night with Dyson scoring the winning run ona sacrifice fly shortstop Alexi caught in shallow left field with his back to the infield in the eighth inning as the Royals rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins to snap a six-gamelosing streak.
Kansas City trailed 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth when WilsonBetemit doubled with one out and moved to third on Kila Ka'ahiue'ssingle. Dyson ran for Ka'ahiue and stole second on the first pitchas catcher Drew Butera's throw skipped into center field, allowingBetemit to score the tying run and Dyson to advance to third.
Dyson then came home on Alcides Escobar's pop up, scoringeasily.
"I got a chance to showcase some speed," Dyson said. "When Isaw it go up, I thought it was going to fall in. I saw Casillarunning hard, but he would have to set his feet to make a strongthrow, but I felt by then I'd be at top speed."
Dyson said "that's a first" for him, scoring on a sacrificefly to shortstop.
"All the years I've coached, managed and played in the bigleagues, I've seen it one other time and that was Rafael Furcal,"Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Dyson read it, tagged and was atfull speed in his first step. He was really scooting.
"Dyson has that type of ability, that type of speed that he canwin a ball game. he helps us win games in situations late in thegame when we need to tie it or we need to win it. That's proof ofthat again. You're not going to see that very often."
Blake Wood (1-0) worked 1 2-3 scoreless innings and Joakim Soriapitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
Burnett (0-1), just called up from Triple-A Rochester, took theloss.
"We got to limit the mistakes and the walks, and get the runswe're supposed to get," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Wecan't be throwing the ball into the outfield and we can't makebaserunning mistakes. We should have had four or five runs. It wasabout missing the ball at the end and not getting the runs weshould have gotten."
Twins starter Scott Baker held the Royals to two runs and eighthits in 6 1-3 innings, lowering his ERA to 3.16. He was replacedafter Chris Getz's single in the seventh drove in Brayan Pena topull the Royals to 3-2.
Danny Valencia, who was 2 for 18 on the Twins' recent homestand,doubled to the left-center gap off left-hander Bruce Chen to scoreJason Kubel and Justin Morneau, who had both singled, to putMinnesota up 3-1 in the sixth.
Chen gave up three runs, eight hits and two walks in 5 1-3innings.
Luke Hughes homered in the fifth to give the Twins a 1-0 lead.
The Royals tied it in the bottom of the inning when AlexGordon's two-out triple into the right-field corner scored MelkyCabrera, who had singled.
Both teams missed opportunities to score in the fourth. JasonKubel led off the top of the inning with a double off thecenter-field fence. He stopped at third on Michael Cuddyer's singleto left with one out. Chen got Valencia on a pop up and Rene Tosonion a grounder to short.
Jeff Francoeur was hit by a pitch from Baker with one out in thebottom of the inning and advanced to second on Ka'aihue's single toright. Francoeur attempted to score on Pena's single to right, butwas thrown out at the plate by Kubel.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times