Royals sprint past Twins, 7-3

After rolling through the American League Central Division through most of two months, the Twins have veered into the ditch.

Rookie shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. hit three doubles and drove in a pair of runs, and Royals starter Brady Singer kept the Twins’ offense in neutral over 5⅔ innings as Kansas City won 7-3 Saturday in front of 22,249 at Target Field.

The loss was the Twins’ third in four games, all against AL Central opponents Detroit and Kansas City. The Twins were 14-3 against their division rivals until they lost to the Tigers, 4-2, in 10 innings on Wednesday.

They’ll try to salvage a split of this four-game series in a 1:10 p.m. first pitch on Sunday before leaving to play eight games in seven days in Detroit and Toronto.

Twins starter Chris Archer, who entered the season with only 19⅓ innings pitched since 2019 because of surgery to repair thoracic outlet syndrome and a hip injury, was charged with five runs in four innings, but only three were earned because of some uncharacteristically rough defense.

“There were a few things that happened earlier in the game. We could’ve done a better job with some of it,” manager Rocco Baldelli said.

With the Twins trailing 2-1 in the fourth, Hunter Dozier singled and took second when catcher Gary Sanchez blocked Archer’s pitch wide to the left batter’s box but couldn’t contain it. It was called a wild pitch, and…

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