MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, USA
Nelson Cruz continued his rise up the all-time charts by hitting two home runs in the Minnesota Twins 4-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.
Devin Smeltzer (2-0) hung up the relief win from Matt Wisler for Minnesota. Smeltzer worked 2 2/3 innings in which he gave up a hit with three strikeouts. The Twins won three of the four games in the series after being swept by the Royals in their visit last week to Kansas City.
Rookie Kris Bubic (0-3) allowed two touchdowns and four hits on four walks in four 1/3 innings for the Royals. Hunter Dozier blew the fence in the ninth inning to end Minnesota’s shutout.
Cruz provided all the offense the Twins needed and continued their siege against Kansas City pitching and the history books.
The 40-year-old slugger opened the fourth inning with a slam that hit the second-story facade in left field. In the seventh inning he hit his eighth home run of the season between left and center field.
Cruz passed Duke Snider and tied Mark Teixeira for 55th all-time with 409 home runs.
In his last 16 games against the Royals, the Dominican is hitting .482 with 13 home runs and 26 RBIs.
For the Twins, the Dominicans Cruz 3-2 with two RBIs and two runs; Jorge Polanco 4-2; Miguel Sanó 4-1. The Puerto Rican Eddie Rosario 4-2. Venezuelans Marwin González 3-0 with one scored; Ehire Adrianza 3-0.
For the Royals, the Dominicans Maikel Franco 4-2; Adalberto Mondesí 3-0. The Venezuelan Salvador Pérez 2-0. The Colombian Meibrys Viloria 1-0. Cuban Jorge Soler 4-1.