Guthrie gives Royals big reason to celebrate

Guthrie gives Royals big reason to celebrate

KANSAS CITY -- Long before Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain's heroics in the 10th inning lifted the Royals to a 3-2 walk-off win, starter Jeremy Guthrie kept it close on Friday night.

Guthrie turned in his second straight quality start -- first time he has done that this season -- and held the Twins to just two runs through 7 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four in a start the Royals, who had lost four straight, badly needed.

"Another great start by him," manager Ned Yost said. "Two runs in eight innings -- he just kept us in it. He was just throwing the ball so well."

Guthrie's finest moment came in the sixth when a throwing error by third baseman Mike Moustakas and a dropped popup by second baseman Omar Infante put two on with two out. But Guthrie came back and struck out Twins rookie Miguel Sano on a 95-mph fastball at the letters after Sano had doubled and singled in earlier at-bats.

Rosario reaches on dropped ball

"The thing about Guthrie is he doesn't panic and or get excited," Yost said. "He just doesn't."

Said Guthrie of that moment, which kept the Royals within 2-1, "It's tough. Our defense has been great. Moose made a great snare of the ball just to get it before he threw it high. Ninety-five percent of the third basemen wouldn't have even gotten that ball. And the popup, it's always a tough blue sky at that time of night, sixth or seventh inning. That's the worst time to see a popup.

"Fortunately, we got out of it."

Guthrie was able to watch the winning rally on TV as he was getting his arm iced.

"Hopefully it's a good momentum builder for us," he said. "First win that's a walk-off and it's in front of a big crowd. It's exciting."

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.