Nelson Cruz hit his 10th home run, Marwin Gonzalez had two RBIs and closer Taylor Rogers came out of trouble in the ninth inning to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas Royals on Sunday. City.
Cruz hit a solo home run from about 453 feet to center field in the ninth to give the visitors a two-touchdown lead, helping the Twins win a series for the eighth time in nine attempts this season.
Max Wisler started with two scoreless innings for Minnesota and Tyler Clippard (1-0) took the win with a perfect eighth inning. Rogers received an RBI single from Maikel Franco in the ninth inning but retired Alex Gordon to complete his sixth save.
For Minnesota, Miguel Sanó pushed Max Kepler’s career with a double into the space between the center and right outfield to break the tie to zero, and Eddie Rosario led Sanó to cross the plate with a single in the next at-turn. at bat to put the board 2-0.
After three successive singles in the third inning by Cruz, Sanó and Rosario – two of whom didn’t make it out of the box – Gonzalez produced two runs with a double to left field to extend the lead to 4-0.
For the Twins, the Dominicans Jorge Polanco 5-1, Cruz 3-2 with two runs scored and one RBI, and Sanó 4-3 with two runs scored and one RBI. Puerto Rican Rosario 5-3 with produced. Venezuelans González 4-2 with a couple of RBIs, and Ildemaro Vargas 5-0.
For the Royals, Cuban Jorge Soler 4-1 with two RBIs. Franco 4-2 with two RBIs.