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Royals strike early to sink Twins 7-4

By Dan Myers Sports Xchange MINNEAPOLIS -- Lorenzo Cain had four hits and knocked in a pair of runs to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Target Field. Cain is the second Royal in as many nights ...

By Dan Myers

Sports Xchange

MINNEAPOLIS - Lorenzo Cain had four hits and knocked in a pair of runs to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Target Field.

Cain is the second Royal in as many nights to tie or surpass his career high in hits; Salvador Perez had five hits in Monday’s 10-4 victory.

Perez had two more hits on Tuesday and also had two RBIs as the Royals defeated the Twins for the fifth time this season and ninth-straight time dating to last season.

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Edinson Volquez was solid over 6 2/3 innings to earn the win, allowing four runs - two earned - on six hits and three walks while striking out six.

The Twins loaded the bases with nobody out against Royals closer Wade Davis in the ninth, but he got Eduardo Nunez and Joe Mauer to strikeout before Miguel Sano’s lineout to center field. The save was Davis’ 12th of the season.

Eduardo Escobar had three hits and Oswaldo Arcia had a double and scored two runs for Minnesota.

Ervin Santana took the loss, giving up six runs and not getting through the fourth inning. The Twins remain the only team in the major leagues without a starter with at least two victories.

After Kendrys Morales led off the second inning, Perez got the Royals on the board, hammering a Santana fastball over the left-field fence for his seventh homer and a quick 2-0 lead.

The Twins got one run back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Eduardo Escobar but the Royals got a leadoff double by Whit Merrifield and a single by Lorenzo Cain to start the third. Merrifield scored on a double-play grounder by Eric Hosmer.

Paulo Orlando got aboard with a one-out double in the fourth and scored two batters later on a wild pitch. Cain added an RBI single later in the inning for a 6-1 lead, ending Santana’s night.

The right-hander pitched just 3 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out four.

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Minnesota got back within three in the bottom of the fourth, scoring a pair of unearned runs off Volquez. Robbie Grossman started the rally with a two-out walk before Volquez hit Oswaldo Arcia with a pitch. Eduardo Escobar followed with a sharp single to right that was misplayed by Orlando, allowing both Grossman and Arcia to score.

Three-straight Twins reached against Volquez to start the fifth inning, with Joe Mauer plating a run with an RBI single to left to make it 6-4.

NOTES: Royals RHP Chris Young threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and will pitch a simulated game later this week. Young has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 12 with a right forearm strain. ... Royals 3B Mike Moustakas was not in the lineup and remains day to day with a knee contusion. ... Twins 2B Brian Dozier was not in the starting lineup for a second consecutive day. He is hitting .199 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 39 games this season. ... Kansas City and Minnesota will conclude their three-game series this afternoon at Target Field. The Royals will send RHP Dillon Gee (1-0, 2.90 ERA) to the mound against Twins RHP Tyler Duffey (1-3, 3.30).

 

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