The bats came alive last night for the Twins and Cole DeVries notched his first Major League victory as the Minnesota Twins (21-33) defeated the Kansas City Royals (23-30) 10-7.
Justin Morneau (10) and Josh Willingham (11) both hit 2-run bombs and Trevor Plouffe (7) added one of his own as the Twins were able to pile on runs to help their pitcher out. Ben Revere and Jamey Carroll each added 3 hits in a 12 hit fiesta.
DeVries went 5 innings and gave up 4 ER on 6 hits to put his season ERA at 4.20. He got into a little trouble in the 4th but just tried to keep in the zone and not get rattled. ''The whole thing is a blur,'' he said, ''to be honest with you.'' He said he doesn't even remember the last couple batters that inning. About the win - ''It feels awesome,'' said De Vries, a former undrafted free agent out of the University of Minnesota. ''It's something I've been waiting for my whole life.''
Joe Mauer showed up to the ballpark unable to play with a sore thumb and he is still listed day-to-day.
The Twins take on the Royals again tonight @ 7:10 CT with Francisco Liriano (1-5, 7.20) getting his second start back in the rotation. The Twins will face Bruce Chen (4-5, 4.86) a 13 year vet who has knocked back and forth between a starter and reliever in his career.
The Twins are on a bit of a roll lately having won 6 out of their last 7. A win tonight would be their third series win in a row and would move them to only 1.5 games behind K.C. for last place in the AL Central.