Dozier, Twins power their way past Royals 8-5

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) If this is Brian Dozier's last month with the Minnesota Twins, it's off to a strong start.

Whether he is helping boost the Twins back into the division race or merely increasing his trade value, Dozier has found his form at the plate.

Dozier hit a two-run homer, going deep for the second straight game to help the Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 8-5 on Wednesday.

''About stats, talk to me in October. If they're not there, then we'll talk,'' Dozier said. ''I keep telling these guys, `Eight games: That's not that much.'''

Lance Lynn (7-7) recovered from a three-run homer by Salvador Perez in the first inning to win his second straight start for the Twins, who used the bottom third of their lineup to launch rallies in the second and the fourth against Burch Smith (0-1).

Max Kepler, Jake Cave and Bobby Wilson went 6 for 11 with five runs scored. Wilson, whose batting average fell to .114 last week, had two RBIs and was one of three Twins with three hits, joining Dozier and Joe Mauer. Wilson, the backup catcher, is now hitting .169.

Dozier drove in a run with an infield single in the fourth. Then he sent his 15th homer of the season into the second deck above left field in the sixth inning against Enny Romero. Logan Morrison hit a solo shot one out later to pad the lead for Minnesota, which improved 6-1 on an 11-game homestand.

With the Twins trailing AL Central-leading Cleveland by 8 1/2 games when the day began, Dozier is among several prominent players on expiring contracts whose names are part of the annual July trade market speculation. Lynn is one of those, too.

''We don't pay attention to it, so whatever happens happens,'' said Lynn, who pitched to two batters in the sixth. ''In this game I've learned that you go where you told, because they pay you. That's just the way it works, unless you've got a no-trade clause.''

Only first baseman Joe Mauer has that.

''So everyone else can just wear it and do what they're told,'' Lynn said.

Mike Moustakas homered twice for the Royals, who took the Twins deep five times over the last two games of this series despite toting the fewest home runs in MLB. Kansas City has lost 23 of its past 27 games.

''Come in here and play hard,'' Perez said. ''One of the things everybody should think: That's how we bring food to the table for our family. That's our job.''

BULL DOZIER

Dozier's production at the plate is lower than it has been in at least five years, but he has begun to warm up with a .375 batting average, three homers and eight RBIs over his past six games. Only four of his home runs have come at home this season. He hit 127 homers over the previous four years, with 63 of those at Target Field.

''You just ride the wave. Sometimes they find the green grass, sometimes they find the seats, sometimes you're walking back with your head down,'' he said.

BURCH IS BACK

After 24 relief appearances this year, Smith made his first major league start since 2013, when he was with San Diego. Forearm and elbow injuries kept him from pitching in 2015 and 2016, and he spent last season with the Tampa Bay organization.

''It was definitely special. Today had been a long time,'' said Smith, who gave up seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. ''It meant a lot just getting the opportunity to do it again. I was feeling a lot of emotions going into that game.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: RHP Jason Adam was recalled from Triple-A Omaha to take the spot of a discouraged RHP Ian Kennedy, who returned to the disabled list with a strained left oblique after an injury-shortened three-inning start on Tuesday night. Adam had been sent down the day before so Kennedy, who has gone 16 turns without a victory, could be reinstated.

Twins: RHP Addison Reed was placed on the DL with tightness in his right triceps, and RHP Alan Busenitz was recalled from Triple-A Rochester for the third time this season. ... INF Ehire Adrianza is on track to come off the DL on Thursday, after missing 10 games with a strained left hamstring.

UP NEXT

Royals: Following a day off, rookie RHP Brad Keller (2-3, 2.52 ERA) pitches in the opener of a three-game series at Chicago on Friday night for his eighth start of the season. Former Kansas City RHP James Shields (3-10, 4.53 ERA) takes the mound for the White Sox.

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (3-6, 3.59 ERA) starts a four-game series against Tampa Bay on Thursday night. LHP Blake Snell (12-4, 2.09 ERA) takes the mound for the Rays with the second-lowest ERA in league. Snell has won four straight starts with just two runs allowed in his past 28 2/3 innings.

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  • W: L. Lynn (7-7)L: G. Sparkman (0-1)
  • HR: KC - M. Moustakas 2 (19), S. Perez (12), MIN - L. Morrison (11), B. Dozier (15)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield CF40000123.302.373.430.8030.0
J. Bonifacio RF51100032.293.341.390.7310.5
M. Moustakas 3B53322000.256.310.480.79014.0
S. Perez DH51231020.217.257.386.6438.0
L. Duda 1B20000122.238.307.405.7131.0
A. Gordon LF30000103.248.328.351.6791.0
A. Escobar SS30100011.200.249.278.5271.5
A. Mondesi 2B40100013.231.254.385.638-0.5
D. Butera C40100013.168.244.234.4770.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer DH50300012.273.362.357.7182.5
    E. Rosario LF41100115.300.342.527.8692.5
    B. Dozier 2B51331011.229.312.420.7329.5
    E. Escobar 3B40000102.272.328.517.8441.0
    L. Morrison 1B51111023.193.287.367.6545.0
    J. Polanco SS40100020.250.341.306.6470.0
    M. Kepler RF32100101.231.314.409.7234.0
    J. Cave CF42210001.299.329.522.8517.0
    B. Wilson C41320011.169.232.281.5136.5
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Moustakas 2 (19), S. Perez (12)
      • RBI - M. Moustakas 2 (58), S. Perez 3 (38)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas (19)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Wilson (7)
      • 3B - J. Cave
      • HR - B. Dozier (15), L. Morrison (11)
      • RBI - B. Dozier 3 (42), L. Morrison (31), J. Cave (10), B. Wilson 2 (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier (17), L. Morrison (15), J. Cave (5), B. Wilson (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - A. Mondesi (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Duda-Escobar)
      • E - G. Sparkman
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Dozier-Morrison)
      • E - J. Polanco
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Smith3.17441405.831.61-1.0
      G. Sparkman (L, 0-1)1.231122010.803.00-7.0
      E. Romero1.03330129.002.56-2.5
      T. Hill1.02000005.811.521.0
      J. Adam1.00000104.431.283.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Smith3.1
      G. Sparkman (L, 0-1)1.2
      E. Romero1.0
      T. Hill1.0
      J. Adam1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Lynn (W, 7-7)5.05433625.221.6514.0
      R. Pressly (H, 7)1.00000203.801.414.0
      Z. Duke1.02000202.731.482.0
      A. Busenitz2.02110216.001.894.0
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Lynn (W, 7-7)5.0
      R. Pressly (H, 7)1.0
      Z. Duke1.0
      A. Busenitz2.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - G. Sparkman 2 (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Smith 71-52, G. Sparkman 37-24, E. Romero 17-11, T. Hill 19-12, J. Adam 8-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Smith 2-3, G. Sparkman 1-2, E. Romero 1-1, T. Hill 2-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Smith 17, G. Sparkman 10, E. Romero 6, T. Hill 5, J. Adam 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - L. Lynn (5), R. Pressly (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 114-66, R. Pressly 14-10, Z. Duke 20-14, A. Busenitz 39-24
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 6-3, A. Busenitz 1-2
      • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 24, R. Pressly 4, Z. Duke 5, A. Busenitz 7
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield CF40000123.302.373.430.8030.0
      J. Bonifacio RF51100032.293.341.390.7310.5
      M. Moustakas 3B53322000.256.310.480.79014.0
      S. Perez DH51231020.217.257.386.6438.0
      L. Duda 1B20000122.238.307.405.7131.0
      A. Gordon LF30000103.248.328.351.6791.0
      A. Escobar SS30100011.200.249.278.5271.5
      A. Mondesi 2B40100013.231.254.385.638-0.5
      D. Butera C40100013.168.244.234.4770.5
      Total35595331217-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Mauer DH50300012.273.362.357.7182.5
        E. Rosario LF41100115.300.342.527.8692.5
        B. Dozier 2B51331011.229.312.420.7329.5
        E. Escobar 3B40000102.272.328.517.8441.0
        L. Morrison 1B51111023.193.287.367.6545.0
        J. Polanco SS40100020.250.341.306.6470.0
        M. Kepler RF32100101.231.314.409.7234.0
        J. Cave CF42210001.299.329.522.8517.0
        B. Wilson C41320011.169.232.281.5136.5
        Total38815723816-----
          BATTING
          • HR - M. Moustakas 2 (19), S. Perez (12)
          • RBI - M. Moustakas 2 (58), S. Perez 3 (38)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas (19)
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Wilson (7)
          • 3B - J. Cave
          • HR - B. Dozier (15), L. Morrison (11)
          • RBI - B. Dozier 3 (42), L. Morrison (31), J. Cave (10), B. Wilson 2 (13)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier (17), L. Morrison (15), J. Cave (5), B. Wilson (6)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - A. Mondesi (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Duda-Escobar)
          • E - G. Sparkman
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Dozier-Morrison)
          • E - J. Polanco
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Smith3.17441405.831.61-1.0
          G. Sparkman (L, 0-1)1.231122010.803.00-7.0
          E. Romero1.03330129.002.56-2.5
          T. Hill1.02000005.811.521.0
          J. Adam1.00000104.431.283.5
          Total8.01588382---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Smith3.1
          G. Sparkman (L, 0-1)1.2
          E. Romero1.0
          T. Hill1.0
          J. Adam1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Lynn (W, 7-7)5.05433625.221.6514.0
          R. Pressly (H, 7)1.00000203.801.414.0
          Z. Duke1.02000202.731.482.0
          A. Busenitz2.02110216.001.894.0
          Total9.09543123---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Lynn (W, 7-7)5.0
          R. Pressly (H, 7)1.0
          Z. Duke1.0
          A. Busenitz2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - G. Sparkman 2 (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Smith 71-52, G. Sparkman 37-24, E. Romero 17-11, T. Hill 19-12, J. Adam 8-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Smith 2-3, G. Sparkman 1-2, E. Romero 1-1, T. Hill 2-1
          • Batters Faced - B. Smith 17, G. Sparkman 10, E. Romero 6, T. Hill 5, J. Adam 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - L. Lynn (5), R. Pressly (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 114-66, R. Pressly 14-10, Z. Duke 20-14, A. Busenitz 39-24
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 6-3, A. Busenitz 1-2
          • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 24, R. Pressly 4, Z. Duke 5, A. Busenitz 7
          • 9TH INNING
            Moustakas homered to center58
          • 6TH INNING
            Morrison homered to right center48
            Dozier homered to left, Rosario scored47
          • 4TH INNING
            Dozier reached on an infield single to pitcher, Cave and Wilson scored, Rosario to third, Dozier to second on Sparkman fielding error45
            Wilson doubled to deep left, Kepler scored, Cave to third43
          • 3RD INNING
            Moustakas homered to right42
          • 2ND INNING
            Wilson singled to center, Cave scored32
            Cave tripled to deep right, Kepler scored31
          • 1ST INNING
            Perez homered to left center, Bonifacio and Moustakas scored30
          • 9TH INNING
            • A. Busenitz Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bonifacio flied out to right
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Moustakas homered to center
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Alan Busenitz relieved Zach Duke
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar reached on an infield single to second
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mondesi lined into double play second to first, Escobar out at first
            • D. Butera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Butera grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Jason Adam relieved Tim Hill
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • E. Escobar: Escobar flied out to right
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Morrison lined out to left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Zach Duke relieved Ryan Pressly
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas reached on bunt single to third
            • S. Perez: Foul, Perez singled to right, Moustakas to second
            • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon popped out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tim Hill relieved Enny Romero
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Kepler grounded out to first
            • J. Cave: Ball, Cave grounded out to pitcher
            • B. Wilson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Wilson singled to center
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Mauer singled to center, Wilson to second
            • E. Rosario: Rosario popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Duda hit by pitch
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon walked, Duda to second
            • Ryan Pressly relieved Lance Lynn
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar hit by pitch, Duda to third, Gordon to second
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • D. Butera: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Butera struck out looking
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Enny Romero relieved Glenn Sparkman
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to first
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario singled to right
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Dozier homered to left, Rosario scored
            • E. Escobar: Foul, Escobar lined out to center
            • L. Morrison: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison homered to right center
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bonifacio struck out looking
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Moustakas flied out to right
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Perez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco singled to center
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kepler flied out to deep center
            • J. Cave: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cave reached on fielder's choice to second, Polanco out at second
            • B. Wilson: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wilson struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike looking, Mondesi reached on an infield single to second
            • D. Butera: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Mondesi caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Butera lined out to left
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kepler walked
            • J. Cave: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Cave singled to center, Kepler to third
            • Glenn Sparkman relieved Burch Smith
            • B. Wilson: Ball, Foul, Wilson doubled to deep left, Kepler scored, Cave to third
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Mauer struck out on foul tip
            • E. Rosario: Rosario intentionally walked
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Dozier reached on an infield single to pitcher, Cave and Wilson scored, Rosario to third, Dozier to second on Sparkman fielding error
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Escobar intentionally walked
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Morrison flied out to deep left
            • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moustakas homered to right
            • S. Perez: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duda walked
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon popped out to third
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Foul, Dozier reached on bunt single to shortstop
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar grounded into double play first to shortstop to first, Dozier out at second
            • L. Morrison: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Mondesi grounded out to second
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Butera singled to center
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked, Butera to second
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Bonifacio struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco lined out to third
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kepler reached on an infield single to third
            • J. Cave: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Cave tripled to deep right, Kepler scored
            • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Wilson singled to center, Cave scored
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mauer singled to left, Wilson to second
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Foul, Foul, Rosario grounded out to first
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Bonifacio singled to center
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas reached on fielder's choice to second, Bonifacio to second on shortstop Polanco fielding error
            • S. Perez: Ball, Perez homered to left center, Bonifacio and Moustakas scored
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Mauer singled to center
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Dozier flied out to center
            • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Escobar popped out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)