KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals have made a habit of falling into hibernation mode, offensively, late in games this season — leading to a minus-52 run differential after the fifth inning. They’d bucked that trend, though, this past week with late runs in wins in both Seattle and Minnesota.

When the Royals rallied late in Saturday’s game, it seemed as though they were laying the groundwork for a walk-off win.

Instead, Royals reliever Wily Peralta gave up two runs in the top of the 10th as the Twins rallied and handed their hosts a bitter 5-3 loss in the third game of a four-game set in front of an announced 28,504 at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

“I was just trying to go down and away with the first guy and he went the other way and got a hit,” Peralta said. “Then I try to go down and in to the next guy and hit him. That’s the way it goes. I didn’t have my best stuff. I didn’t execute.”

Peralta (2-3) had been stellar of late, particularly in tight spots. He’d stranded inherited runners on Friday night and had a strong outing against the Twins last Sunday in Minnesota.

Opponents had been batting .171 against him in his last 13 appearances, and he hadn’t allowed a hit in nine of his previous 12 outings.

“He’s been good,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “We’re just running into situations. Part of it might have been my fault a little bit because we had three different scenarios.”

Yost explained he’d gotten Peralta up in the bullpen in the eighth inning. The original plan had been to use Peralta in the ninth if the Royals (26-51) scored two or more runs in the eighth.

Once they scored a third run and had the potential to take a lead and close it in the ninth, Yost got closer Ian Kennedy up in the bullpen. Kennedy pitched the ninth, and Peralta was called upon in an inning later.

Peralta rejected the notion that throwing in the bullpen early and not pitching until the 10th played a role in his outing.

“I was fully ready,” Peralta said. “That wasn’t the reason for it.”

Peralta got off to a rocky start that ultimately cost him. Peralta gave up a single and then hit Jake Cave, who’d intended to bunt, to start the inning. Peralta then gave up a one-out RBI single to Twins first baseman C.J. Cron that got past the dive of Hunter Dozier at third base and into left field.

“He got me out yesterday with a slider down,” Cron said of Peralta. “This one wasn’t as down as the last one, thankfully. But that’s baseball, I mean a foot more to my left and it’s a double play so I’m just fortunate it got through.”

Eddie Rosario added a two-out RBI double to give the Twins an insurance run.

The extra-inning loss made a footnote out of Dozier driving in the tying runs in the eighth inning on his first hit since returning from the injured list on Friday. Alex Gordon also had a crucial RBI in that inning. Nicky Lopez (2 for 5) was the only Royal with a multi-hit game.

Things started to align for the Royals in the eighth when Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios left the game with a blister on his right ring finger. That change helped set the table for a Royals late-inning rally to force extra innings.

Berrios, who’d tied the Royals hands for seven innings, came out with the blister on his finger with the Royals trailing 3-0. Left-handed rrelieverTaylor Rogers took over runners on first and second, no outs and the top of the Royals’ lineup due up.

It looked as if the Royals might squander the opportunity when Whit Merrifield struck out swinging over the top of an off-speed pitch for strike three and Lopez hit a pop-up into shallow center field that didn’t allow the runners to advance.

However, Gordon roped an RBI double into left-center field, and that left him on second base as the tying run. Dozier then lined a two-run single up the middle into center field to tie the score 3-3.

Those three runs took Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy off the hook after he’d given up two runs in the top of the eighth. All three of the runs Duffy allowed came on solo home runs by Miguel Sano, Cave and Cron.

The Royals tied the score in the bottom of the eighth, and Kennedy pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to keep it knotted up. After the Royals stranded two in the ninth, the Twins’ two runs in the 10th against Peralta closed the scoring.


Notes: Royals left-handed pitcher Eric Skoglund’s rehab assignment shifted from Class AA Northwest Arkansas to Class AAA Omaha. He was scheduled to start Saturday night for Omaha against San Antonio. Skoglund is eligible to be activated on June 26 after serving an 80-game suspension for violating the MLB Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. … Royals’ 2018 first-round draft pick, right-handed pitcher Jackson Kowar, was promoted from High-A Wilmington to Class AA Northwest Arkansas and was scheduled to make his first Class AA start on Saturday night. Kowar went 5-3 with a 3.53 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, a .245 batting average against, 66 strikeouts and 22 walks in 74 innings (13 starts).