DP--Minnesota 2, Kansas City 2. LOB--Minnesota 8, Kansas City 6. 2B--Coomer (25), JMaxwell (5), THunter (9), Koskie (26), JJones (18), Damon (35), MJSweeney (27), Quinn (27). 3B--Randa (4). HR--Hocking (4), Quinn (19). SB--CGuzman (24).
Umpires--Home, Culbreth; First, Froemming; Second, Winters; Third, Welke, Bill.
T--3:05. A--13,273 (40,625).
MINNESOTA KANSAS CITY
ab r h bi ab r h bi
CGzmn ss 5 1 3 0 Damon cf 5 0 1 0
Hcking 2b 5 1 1 3 WDlgdo ss 5 1 1 0
Lawton rf 3 0 0 0 MJSwy dh 4 0 1 3
Cmngs rf 2 0 1 0 Dye rf 4 1 3 0
Coomer 1b 3 1 2 0 Quinn lf 4 2 2 1
JMxwll 2b 1 1 1 0 Randa 3b 4 2 2 1
Cnizaro ph 1 0 1 0 McCrty 1b 4 1 3 2
DOrtiz dh 5 1 1 0 Zaun c 4 0 0 0
THuntr cf 5 1 2 3 Ordaz 2b 3 1 1 1
Koskie 3b 4 0 2 1
JJones lf 4 0 2 0
Przyns c 3 0 0 0
Moeller c 1 1 1 0
Totals 42 7 17 7 Totals 37 8 14 8
Minnesota 000 002 023 -- 7
Kansas City 062 000 00x -- 8
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- If Mike Sweeney breaks Hal McRae's Kansas City record of 133 RBIs in a season, Johnny Damon might be a good bet to erase Willie Wilson's club mark of 133 runs scored.
Leadoff batter Damon, leading the AL in runs with 114, spends much of his time getting on base ahead of Sweeney, who bats third and has 121 RBIs, just 12 short of McRae's total in 1982.
"I hope he gets the record," said Damon, who had a hit, but failed to score Wednesday in Kansas City's 8-7 victory over Minnesota. "And I hope I'm the one he drives in every time."
With 30 games to go, three key team records are in peril. Besides Wilson's run record and McRae's standard for RBIs, Steve Balboni's record of 36 home runs is being threatened by Jermaine Dye, who has 31.
Sweeney, batting .341 with 23 home runs, reached 100 RBIs this year faster than anyone else in team history.
"It's something I think would be special to be in a group of guys like George Brett and Hal McRae," he said.
"But at the same time, it's not what I came into the season to do. A lot of the praise should go to guys like Johnny. They've been on base ahead of me all year."
Sweeney drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double Wednesday as temperatures climbed past 100.
"He's an RBI addict," Royals manager Tony Muser said. "He just has an uncanny ability to put the ball in play in RBI situations. He can hit soft stuff. He can hit hard stuff. He can hit the changeup. He can stay back on the breaking ball. He can put all different types of pitches in play in different parts of the strike zone."
The Royals led 8-0 before the Twins scored five in the last two innings. Jerry Spradlin started the ninth, gave up two quick singles and Denny Hocking's three-run homer, then lost his job. The 6-foot-7 right-hander was released following the game.
"It's a business. I didn't finish the way I needed to," Spradlin said. "They've got to do what they've got to do. I appreciate the fact they gave me a chance."
The official temperature in downtown Kansas City in the seventh inning was 104. The Royals closed the sun-baked upper deck and let everyone move down to lower-level seats, many in the shade.
Temporarily adding to the discomfort was a water-main break that disrupted water service at the Truman Sports Complex until about 15 minutes after the start of the game.
After Hocking's home run, Ricky Bottalico allowed singles to Midre Cummings and pinch-hitter Jay Canizaro before getting David Ortiz to hit into a double play and inducing a game-ending grounder from Torii Hunter, who drove in three runs.
"I was happy to see our team fight back," Twins manager Tom Kelly said. "We made it interesting."
Sweeney's bases-loaded double against Mark Redman (12-7) stretched his hitting streak to 16 games as the Royals swept the two-game series.
Mac Suzuki (8-7) gave up two runs and nine hits in seven innings, lowering his ERA from 4.00 to 3.94, sixth in the AL. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.
Redman, the AL's rookie leader in wins, strikeouts, ERA and winning percentage, gave up six runs and seven hits in two innings.
Kansas City's Mark Quinn, who along with Redman is one of the contenders for the AL Rookie of the Year award, hit his 19th homer leading off the third against Johan Santana.
Notes: Water service was restored about 15 minutes into the game. But the club said all tickets, used as well as unused, could be redeemed for any other home game this season. ... Royals SS Rey Sanchez, who was hit in the knee by a pitch Tuesday night, was a late scratch. ... The Twins made a roster move, activating C Chad Moeller from the 15-day DL and sending C Danny Ardoin to Triple-A Salt Lake City. ... The Twins were 1-5 in Kansas City this season. ... Minnesota CF Hunter made several outstanding running catches. ... In his 16-game streak, Sweeney is 23-for-64 (.359). ... Suzuki, in his previous start, issued seven walks in just three innings. ... The Twins hit five doubles.
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