Vargas hits tying HR in 9th, Twins beat Royals 4-3 in 10

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kennys Vargas reached the end of the bench, where he was met by fellow Puerto Rican Eddie Rosario. The two hugged and then started dancing in a circle while embracing.

Vargas started a late-inning celebration for the Minnesota Twins on Friday.

Vargas launched a tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning and Jorge Polanco hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th, lifting Minnesota over the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Friday night.

''I know I put a pretty good swing and I got that one,'' Vargas said.

Polanco lofted a soft liner to left field and Joe Mauer beat Alex Gordon's throw to the plate. Al Albuquerque (0-1) walked the first two batters of the inning and reliever Travis Wood walked Max Kepler, loading the bases with no outs for Polanco.

Brandon Kintzler (2-0) allowed two hits in the top of the 10th, but snagged a comebacker to start an inning-ending double play.

''You welcome those comebacks when they happen because in today's game, with the bullpens the way they are, seems like they're less and less frequent around the game,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ''We stayed with it and gave ourselves a chance.''

Vargas pinch-hit for Byron Buxton following Jason Castro's one-out single in the ninth. Vargas sent Kelvin Herrera's 1-0 changeup into the second deck in right-center field. It was Herrera's second blown save in 10 chances this season.

''Yeah, I didn't finish that pitch,'' Herrera said. ''In my mind I want him to chase the pitch, but he got power. It was poor execution.''

Vargas was recalled from Triple-A on April 23 and is tied for second on the team with five home runs despite playing just 17 games.

Robbie Grossman added a solo homer for Minnesota, which is 6-0 against Kansas City this season.

Eric Hosmer had three hits for the Royals.

KARNS CAN'T KEEP IT GOING

Kansas City starter Nate Karns allowed one run on five hits, and struck out three. The right-hander tallied at least 10 strikeouts in his previous two outings and struck out 12 in just five innings last week against Baltimore. But the patient and contact-heavy Twins made him work.

He was pulled after five innings and 72 pitches after he experienced some stiffness in his pitching arm.

''It was kind of something I kind of had to work with today,'' Karns said. ''It was kind of there from maybe late-second, from there on through the game. It was one of those things every time I went out there it was harder to kind of get it going. It's nothing alarming or anything, just a cautionary move. Maybe on in the year I could grind through and keep going. Right now we just want to make sure everything is all right, and we shut me down at that point.''

BONIFACIO'S BIG NIGHT

Jorge Bonifacio had two hits, including a two-run homer for the Royals. He also had an outfield assist and made a jumping catch at the wall in right to take away an extra-base hit from Brian Dozier.

''It's amazing, trying to save the runs for the pitcher,'' Bonafacio said. ''That's what we can do out there, trying to make a play.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy is scheduled to be activated from the 10-day disabled list to start Saturday's game. He has been sidelined since May 5 with a right hamstring strain. The team hasn't decided on a corresponding and is waiting to activate Kennedy with poor weather in Minnesota threatening.

Twins: LHP Glen Perkins threw 15 to 20 pitches in the bullpen before the game as he tries to make his way back from a left posterior shoulder strain.

UP NEXT

Kennedy (0-3, 3.03) will be countered by Minnesota rookie LHP Adalberto Mejia (0-1, 5.79). The Twins haven't added Mejia to the active roster yet, either. Mejia is currently at Triple-A Rochester. He made the rotation out of spring training but was optioned out after three starts. He is 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA at Rochester.

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RoyalsKC17-24
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TwinsMIN21-17
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  • W: B. Kintzler (2-0)L: A. Alburquerque (0-1)
  • HR: KC - J. Bonifacio (3), MIN - R. Grossman (3), K. Vargas (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Escobar SS50000014.178.208.230.438-0.5
L. Cain CF50100000.287.380.378.7571.0
E. Hosmer 1B51300001.299.362.408.7704.0
S. Perez C50200012.275.314.493.8071.5
J. Bonifacio RF41221114.275.346.420.7668.5
J. Soler DH40000004.146.271.268.5390.0
W. Merrifield 2B41100012.245.301.404.7053.5
A. Gordon LF40100001.170.282.207.4891.0
C. Cuthbert 3B40110001.151.182.245.4272.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B50100010.230.331.385.7160.5
    R. Grossman RF41211111.261.409.402.8117.5
    J. Mauer 1B41100102.260.324.354.6783.0
    M. Sano 3B40200022.299.426.6221.0481.0
    E. Adrianza 3B00000100.300.385.400.7851.0
    M. Kepler CF40100104.252.348.412.7603.0
    J. Polanco SS40110011.248.301.364.6651.5
    J. Castro C41100003.202.318.351.6692.0
    B. Buxton CF20000110.174.262.275.5380.5
    a- K. Vargas DH11121000.233.254.517.7717.0
    E. Rosario LF20000000.270.290.413.7030.0
    b- E. Escobar LF20000001.222.291.431.7220.0
    • a-homered for Buxton in the 9th
    • b-flied out for Rosario in the 7th
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Bonifacio (3)
    • RBI - J. Bonifacio 2 (8), C. Cuthbert (4)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Bonifacio 2 (5), C. Cuthbert (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Kepler (8)
    • HR - R. Grossman (3), K. Vargas (5)
    • SF - J. Polanco (3)
    • RBI - R. Grossman (12), J. Polanco (17), K. Vargas 2 (15)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - W. Merrifield (3)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - J. Bonifacio
    FIELDING
    • DP - J. Mauer, B. Dozier, J. Polanco, B. Kintzler
    • E - M. Sano (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Karns5.05110314.171.0010.5
    M. Strahm (H, 3)1.00001106.081.002.5
    M. Minor (H, 4)1.00001002.011.002.0
    J. Soria (H, 5)1.02000001.932.001.0
    K. Herrera (BS, 1)1.03220214.503.00-1.0
    A. Alburquerque (L, 0-1)0.00112006.750.00-8.0
    T. Wood0.100010010.433.00-1.0
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Karns5.0
    M. Strahm (H, 3)1.0
    M. Minor (H, 4)1.0
    J. Soria (H, 5)1.0
    K. Herrera (BS, 1)1.0
    A. Alburquerque (L, 0-1)0.0
    T. Wood0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    H. Santiago5.08331113.961.803.5
    T. Duffey2.00000302.530.007.5
    M. Belisle1.01000007.801.002.0
    T. Rogers1.00000003.380.003.0
    B. Kintzler (W, 2-0)1.02000001.892.008.0
    PITCHERSIP
    H. Santiago5.0
    T. Duffey2.0
    M. Belisle1.0
    T. Rogers1.0
    B. Kintzler (W, 2-0)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Strahm (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Karns 72-48, M. Strahm 22-11, M. Minor 11-5, J. Soria 20-13, K. Herrera 21-16, A. Alburquerque 9-1, T. Wood 7-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Karns 1-10, M. Minor 1-2, J. Soria 1-2
    • Batters Faced - N. Karns 19, M. Strahm 4, M. Minor 4, J. Soria 5, K. Herrera 6, A. Alburquerque 2, T. Wood 2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - H. Santiago 94-58, T. Duffey 27-19, M. Belisle 8-7, T. Rogers 7-6, B. Kintzler 18-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Santiago 4-10, T. Duffey 3-1, M. Belisle 1-1, T. Rogers 2-1, B. Kintzler 1-1
    • Batters Faced - H. Santiago 24, T. Duffey 7, M. Belisle 3, T. Rogers 3, B. Kintzler 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    RoyalsKC17-24
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    TwinsMIN21-17
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Escobar SS50000014.178.208.230.438-0.5
    L. Cain CF50100000.287.380.378.7571.0
    E. Hosmer 1B51300001.299.362.408.7704.0
    S. Perez C50200012.275.314.493.8071.5
    J. Bonifacio RF41221114.275.346.420.7668.5
    J. Soler DH40000004.146.271.268.5390.0
    W. Merrifield 2B41100012.245.301.404.7053.5
    A. Gordon LF40100001.170.282.207.4891.0
    C. Cuthbert 3B40110001.151.182.245.4272.0
    Total40311311419-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Dozier 2B50100010.230.331.385.7160.5
      R. Grossman RF41211111.261.409.402.8117.5
      J. Mauer 1B41100102.260.324.354.6783.0
      M. Sano 3B40200022.299.426.6221.0481.0
      E. Adrianza 3B00000100.300.385.400.7851.0
      M. Kepler CF40100104.252.348.412.7603.0
      J. Polanco SS40110011.248.301.364.6651.5
      J. Castro C41100003.202.318.351.6692.0
      B. Buxton CF20000110.174.262.275.5380.5
      a- K. Vargas DH11121000.233.254.517.7717.0
      E. Rosario LF20000000.270.290.413.7030.0
      b- E. Escobar LF20000001.222.291.431.7220.0
      Total36410425614-----
      • a-homered for Buxton in the 9th
      • b-flied out for Rosario in the 7th
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Bonifacio (3)
      • RBI - J. Bonifacio 2 (8), C. Cuthbert (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Bonifacio 2 (5), C. Cuthbert (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Kepler (8)
      • HR - R. Grossman (3), K. Vargas (5)
      • SF - J. Polanco (3)
      • RBI - R. Grossman (12), J. Polanco (17), K. Vargas 2 (15)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Bonifacio
      FIELDING
      • DP - J. Mauer, B. Dozier, J. Polanco, B. Kintzler
      • E - M. Sano (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Karns5.05110314.171.0010.5
      M. Strahm (H, 3)1.00001106.081.002.5
      M. Minor (H, 4)1.00001002.011.002.0
      J. Soria (H, 5)1.02000001.932.001.0
      K. Herrera (BS, 1)1.03220214.503.00-1.0
      A. Alburquerque (L, 0-1)0.00112006.750.00-8.0
      T. Wood0.100010010.433.00-1.0
      Total9.11044562---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Karns5.0
      M. Strahm (H, 3)1.0
      M. Minor (H, 4)1.0
      J. Soria (H, 5)1.0
      K. Herrera (BS, 1)1.0
      A. Alburquerque (L, 0-1)0.0
      T. Wood0.1
      Total9.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Santiago5.08331113.961.803.5
      T. Duffey2.00000302.530.007.5
      M. Belisle1.01000007.801.002.0
      T. Rogers1.00000003.380.003.0
      B. Kintzler (W, 2-0)1.02000001.892.008.0
      Total10.01133141---
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Santiago5.0
      T. Duffey2.0
      M. Belisle1.0
      T. Rogers1.0
      B. Kintzler (W, 2-0)1.0
      Total10.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Strahm (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Karns 72-48, M. Strahm 22-11, M. Minor 11-5, J. Soria 20-13, K. Herrera 21-16, A. Alburquerque 9-1, T. Wood 7-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Karns 1-10, M. Minor 1-2, J. Soria 1-2
      • Batters Faced - N. Karns 19, M. Strahm 4, M. Minor 4, J. Soria 5, K. Herrera 6, A. Alburquerque 2, T. Wood 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Santiago 94-58, T. Duffey 27-19, M. Belisle 8-7, T. Rogers 7-6, B. Kintzler 18-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Santiago 4-10, T. Duffey 3-1, M. Belisle 1-1, T. Rogers 2-1, B. Kintzler 1-1
      • Batters Faced - H. Santiago 24, T. Duffey 7, M. Belisle 3, T. Rogers 3, B. Kintzler 4
      • 10TH INNING
        Polanco hit sacrifice fly to left, Mauer scored34
      • 9TH INNING
        Vargas homered to center, Castro scored33
      • 4TH INNING
        Grossman homered to right center31
      • 3RD INNING
        Bonifacio homered to left, Hosmer scored30
      • 2ND INNING
        Cuthbert singled to left center, Merrifield scored, Gordon to third10
      • 10TH INNING
        • B. Kintzler Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Cain reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • E. Hosmer: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Hosmer reached on fielder's choice to third, Cain out at second
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Perez singled to left, Hosmer to second
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Bonifacio lined into double play pitcher to second, Hosmer out at second
        • Middle of the 10th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Alburquerque Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Adrianza walked, Mauer to second
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked, Mauer to third, Adrianza to second
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco hit sacrifice fly to left, Mauer scored
      • 9TH INNING
        • T. Rogers Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Gordon grounded out to second
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Cuthbert flied out to center
        • A. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Herrera Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • J. Castro: Strike swinging, Castro singled to center
        • K. Vargas: Ball, Vargas homered to center, Castro scored
        • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Escobar flied out to left
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dozier singled to center
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • T. Duffey Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Strike swinging, Bonifacio singled to right
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Soler popped out to second
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Merrifield grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bonifacio out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Soria Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Strike swinging, Dozier grounded out to second
        • R. Grossman: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Grossman singled to right
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Mauer flied out to center
        • M. Sano: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sano singled to left, Grossman to second
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler lined out to left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • T. Duffey Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Strike swinging, Cain grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Hosmer grounded out to second
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco grounded out to third
        • J. Castro: Ball, Castro lined out to left
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Buxton walked
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar flied out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • T. Duffey Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gordon lined out to center
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Cuthbert safe at first on 3rd baseman Sano fielding error
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Strahm Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Grossman to second on wild pitch, Foul, Mauer flied out to center
        • M. Sano: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kepler lined out to center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Cain grounded out to first
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Hosmer singled to right
        • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Perez singled to left, Hosmer to second
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bonifacio struck out looking
        • J. Soler: Soler flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Karns Pitching:
        • B. Buxton: Foul, Ball, Buxton popped out to shortstop
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Rosario lined out to center
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dozier flied out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield singled to right center
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Merrifield stole second, Gordon flied out to left
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Cuthbert flied out to center
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Escobar flied out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Karns Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Grossman homered to right center
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer singled to left
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • M. Kepler: Kepler flied out to center
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Polanco reached on an infield single to pitcher, Mauer to second
        • J. Castro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castro flied out to deep center
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Ball, Cain grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Hosmer singled to left
        • S. Perez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Perez lined out to center
        • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio homered to left, Hosmer scored
        • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Soler popped out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Karns Pitching:
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Rosario flied out to deep left
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dozier flied out to deep right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio walked
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soler popped out to shortstop
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield reached on fielder's choice to second, Bonifacio out at second
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Gordon singled to right, Merrifield to third
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Foul, Foul, Cuthbert singled to left center, Merrifield scored, Gordon to third
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Karns Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Ball, Sano singled to deep left
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler doubled to right, Sano out at home, Kepler to third
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco grounded out to first
        • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Castro flied out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Escobar fouled out to first
        • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Cain popped out to second
        • E. Hosmer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hosmer singled to left
        • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Perez popped out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Karns Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Grossman flied out to deep left
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Mauer lined out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)