The Minnesota Twins snapped a six-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon with an important 7-4 win over the Kansas City Royals. Now 6-15 on the year, Minnesota received steady pitching from starter Jason Marquis (6.0 IP, 3 ER), who lowered his season ERA to 6.23.
In what was nearly the biggest sports story of the day, Twins outfielder Josh Willingham finished the game 3-for-5 and was just a home run shy of the cycle. Willingham came to the plate for his final appearance in the bottom of the eighth with a great chance to add his name to the record book, but was unable to take Royals' reliever Nate Adcock deep.
Offensively, Minnesota's most important sluggers came alive when it counted, as hitters No. 1-6 combined for 10 of the team's 11 hits. The seven-run outing was also only the third time all season where the Twins have scored at least seven in a single game.
The Twins will hope to keep this momentum going on Monday as they kick off a three-game series with Albert Pujols and the Los Angeles Angels.