Polanco and Correa power Twins past struggling Royals 10-6


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jorge Polanco homered in a four-run first inning and Carlos Correa hit a go-ahead homer in the fourth to power the Minnesota twins to a 10-7 victory against Kansas City Royals Friday night.

Bobby Witt Jr. completed a cycle double for the Royals, who lost seven of eight. He singled in the first, hit a two-run triple in the third and added a solo homer in the seventh for his sixth of the season. In his attempt to complete the cycle, he flew to right field in the eighth inning with two runners on base.

Minnesota starter Bailey Ober pitched three innings, allowing three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five. The Twins have used seven relievers to close out the last six innings. Trevor Megill (1-1) was credited with the win, pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Emilio Pagán exited the final for his seventh stoppage.

Minnesota recorded a season-high 15 hits. Polanco’s first two-run homer was his fifth of the season and his first at bat after missing three games with an ankle injury. Correa’s solo homer was his third of the season and broke a 4-4 tie in the fourth inning to give the Twins a lead they never relinquished. Every batter on both teams has reached base at least once.

Kansas City starter Brad Keller (1-5) allowed six runs and 11 hits in four innings. MJ Melendez also homered for the Royals, who pushed back four runs after the first inning.

Witt’s triple scored a pair of runs and Hunter Dozier added an RBI single in the third inning. Nicky Lopez scored a point at home to tie in the fourth. Lopez finished 3 for 3 with a walk.

The match did not stay tied for long. Correa’s homer and a sacrifice fly ball from Trevor Larnach late in the fourth gave the Twins a two-run lead which was reduced to one with Witt’s homer.

The Twins added four runs in the eighth inning on Gio Urshela’s second RBI single of the night, Nick Gordon’s two-run double and Luis Arraez’s RBI single. Gordon went 2 for 4 with three RBIs.

Melendez’s solo home run and Emmanuel Rivera’s RBI double cut the Royals’ deficit to three in the ninth. But Pagán came in and hit Lopez to end the match.

COVID UPDATE

Twins placed OF Gilberto Celestino on the COVID-19 injured list on Friday. He is experiencing “mild symptoms,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Celestino has appeared in 31 games for the Twins this season, hitting .324 (24 for 74) with four doubles, four RBIs, 10 runs scored, seven walks and a .398 on-base percentage.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals: Manager Mike Matheny says C Salvador Perez is now “hand to mouth” with a strained left thumb after his 10-day stint on the IL ended on Friday. Perez joined the Royals in Minneapolis on Thursday and participated in both hitting and receiving drills. Perez hurt his thumb hitting May 17 against the Chicago White Sox.

Twins: LHP Danny Coulombe returned from his rehab assignment and was reinstated from IL 15 days on Friday. He took Celestino’s place on the 26-man roster. Coulombe missed the Twins’ last 15 games with a left hip impingement and played two games in rehab with Triple-A St. Paul.

Coulombe faced five relief batters on Friday and allowed one run on two hits and two walks. He retired a batter.

NEXT

Royals: RHP Brady Singer (1-0, 1.83) will start against the Twins on Saturday. Singer has allowed no runs in his two starts this season, the last against Minnesota last Sunday.

Twins: Minnesota will counter with RHP Chris Archer (0-1, 3.86). Archer pitched four innings in his last start, allowing the Detroit Tigers one run on three hits.

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