Minor gets first win since 2014 as Royals beat Twins 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Mike Minor's road back to the majors was not an easy one. Shoulder surgery kept him out of the majors for two years and resulted in a move to the bullpen.

Minor got his first victory since 2014 with 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the Kansas City Royalsk, who beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4 Sunday in a doubleheader opener.

Brandon Moss hit two of Kansas City's four home runs, and Salvador Perez and Jorge Bonifacio each hit two-run homers to boost the sluggish Royals offense.

Minor (1-1) relieved Jake Junis with a 5-2 lead in the fifth, two outs and two on. The 29-year-old left-hander walked Max Kepler, then retired Kennys Vargas on a popout. Minor retired the side in order in the sixth.

He had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder in May 13, 2015, and did not appear in the major leagues in 2015 and 2016. Minor, who signed a $7.25 million, two-year contract with the Royals in February 2016, got his first major league victory since Aug. 28, 2014, for Atlanta at the New York Mets, and his first win as a reliever.

Kelvin Herrera pitched a one-hit ninth for his ninth save in 11 chances.

Junis, a 24-year-old right-hander, was recalled from Triple-A Omaha and made his first big league start after a pair of relief appearances. He allowed two runs, five hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings, leaving after RBI singles from Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano.

Junis found out Saturday that he would be making his first career start. He didn't pitch deep enough to get the win, but impressed manager Ned Yost before the Royals optioned Junis back to Omaha after the game.

''I thought he threw the ball well,'' Yost said. ''I thought he did a nice job. We tried to get him through that fifth inning, but we needed to win this game.''

Phil Hughes (4-3) gave up five runs and six hits - including three homers - in four innings, his second-shortest outing this season.

It was the Royals' first win against the Twins this year in seven games, stopping a seven-game losing streak against Minnesota dating to last season.

Perez hit a two-run homer in the second, Jorge Bonifacio hit a two-run drive in the fourth and Moss homered two pitches later for a 5-0 lead. Moss homered again in the eighth against Adam Wilk.

That early offense helped Junis relax a bit in his first career start and just his third appearance in the majors.

''The offense came up huge,'' Junis said. ''Those home runs definitely make my job a little bit easier on the pitching side of things.''

A rainout Saturday resulted in the first straight doubleheader in the history of Target Field, which opened in 2010. Adalberto Mejia (0-1) was to start the second game for Minnesota and Ian Kennedy (0-3) was to be activated from the disabled list to start for Kansas City. Mejia was called up as the Twins' 26th active player.

ROYALS MOVES

Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon was to miss the second game to join his wife, who is due to give birth on Monday. Infielder Raul Mondesi will take Gordon's spot on the lineup while Gordon is gone on paternity leave. RHP Al Alburquerque was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Junis.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: RHP Nate Karns had his pitching arm evaluated after Friday's start against Minnesota. Manager Ned Yost said fluid was found in the elbow area but Karns does not have a strain. Karns exited his start Friday after five innings and threw just 72 pitches due to stiffness in his arm.

UP NEXT

Royals: LHP Jason Vargas (5-2, 2.03 ERA) starts Monday's series opener at the New York Yankees.

Twins: Minnesota had not announced its Monday starter against Baltimore.

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KC18-25
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MIN22-18
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  • W: M. Minor (1-1)L: P. Hughes (4-3)S: K. Herrera (9)
  • HR: KC - B. Moss 2 (8), S. Perez (11), J. Bonifacio (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Escobar SS50100034.178.207.229.437-0.5
M. Moustakas 3B40100101.257.294.493.7872.0
L. Cain CF40000122.279.374.367.7422.0
E. Hosmer 1B42200102.304.369.410.7795.0
S. Perez C41121103.274.316.507.8238.0
J. Bonifacio RF51121013.270.337.446.7836.5
B. Moss DH42322000.200.270.460.73013.0
W. Merrifield 2B40100001.245.299.398.6970.0
A. Gordon LF20100211.175.294.212.5051.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B51210000.236.333.386.7194.0
    J. Mauer 1B31100202.262.333.362.6955.0
    M. Sano 3B40230122.305.431.6261.0576.0
    M. Kepler RF-CF40200102.260.357.415.7713.0
    K. Vargas DH30100005.238.258.508.7661.0
    a- E. Escobar PH-DH20000023.216.284.419.703-1.0
    E. Rosario LF40000032.262.281.400.681-1.5
    J. Polanco SS40100001.248.299.361.6601.0
    J. Castro C31000122.196.316.340.6561.0
    B. Buxton CF21000120.171.264.270.5341.0
    b- R. Grossman PH-RF10000001.258.405.398.8030.0
    • a-struck out for Vargas in the 7th
    • b-grounded out for Buxton in the 8th
    BATTING
    • HR - S. Perez (9), J. Bonifacio (4), B. Moss 2 (8)
    • RBI - S. Perez 2 (25), J. Bonifacio 2 (10), B. Moss 2 (11)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Mauer (7), M. Sano (8)
    • RBI - B. Dozier (14), M. Sano 3 (33)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Sano (13)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - L. Cain (12)
    • CS - W. Merrifield, A. Gordon (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - L. Cain (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Junis4.25223402.701.714.0
    M. Minor (W, 1-1)1.10001201.900.7510.0
    P. Moylan (H, 6)0.11110109.603.00-1.5
    M. Strahm (H, 4)0.21111106.433.00-2.5
    J. Soria (H, 6)1.01000101.831.002.5
    K. Herrera (S, 9)1.01001204.262.009.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Junis4.2
    M. Minor (W, 1-1)1.1
    P. Moylan (H, 6)0.1
    M. Strahm (H, 4)0.2
    J. Soria (H, 6)1.0
    K. Herrera (S, 9)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    P. Hughes (L, 4-3)4.06552435.742.00-4.0
    A. Wilk3.25113216.752.181.0
    C. Breslow1.10001101.840.752.5
    PITCHERSIP
    P. Hughes (L, 4-3)4.0
    A. Wilk3.2
    C. Breslow1.1
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Junis
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 92-60, M. Minor 21-14, P. Moylan 10-6, M. Strahm 16-9, J. Soria 16-11, K. Herrera 19-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 3-6, M. Strahm 1-0, J. Soria 2-0, K. Herrera 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Junis 21, M. Minor 5, P. Moylan 2, M. Strahm 4, J. Soria 4, K. Herrera 5
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Wilk 2 (2)
    • IBB - A. Wilk
    • Pitches-Strikes - P. Hughes 77-49, A. Wilk 68-40, C. Breslow 18-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wilk 4-4
    • Batters Faced - P. Hughes 19, A. Wilk 18, C. Breslow 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    KC18-25
    0203000106111
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    000020200490
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Escobar SS50100034.178.207.229.437-0.5
    M. Moustakas 3B40100101.257.294.493.7872.0
    L. Cain CF40000122.279.374.367.7422.0
    E. Hosmer 1B42200102.304.369.410.7795.0
    S. Perez C41121103.274.316.507.8238.0
    J. Bonifacio RF51121013.270.337.446.7836.5
    B. Moss DH42322000.200.270.460.73013.0
    W. Merrifield 2B40100001.245.299.398.6970.0
    A. Gordon LF20100211.175.294.212.5051.5
    Total36611646717-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Dozier 2B51210000.236.333.386.7194.0
      J. Mauer 1B31100202.262.333.362.6955.0
      M. Sano 3B40230122.305.431.6261.0576.0
      M. Kepler RF-CF40200102.260.357.415.7713.0
      K. Vargas DH30100005.238.258.508.7661.0
      a- E. Escobar PH-DH20000023.216.284.419.703-1.0
      E. Rosario LF40000032.262.281.400.681-1.5
      J. Polanco SS40100001.248.299.361.6601.0
      J. Castro C31000122.196.316.340.6561.0
      B. Buxton CF21000120.171.264.270.5341.0
      b- R. Grossman PH-RF10000001.258.405.398.8030.0
      Total35494061120-----
      HITTERSAB
      B. Dozier 2B5
      J. Mauer 1B3
      M. Sano 3B4
      M. Kepler RF-CF4
      K. Vargas DH3
      a- E. Escobar PH-DH2
      E. Rosario LF4
      J. Polanco SS4
      J. Castro C3
      B. Buxton CF2
      b- R. Grossman PH-RF1
      Total35
      • a-struck out for Vargas in the 7th
      • b-grounded out for Buxton in the 8th
      BATTING
      • HR - S. Perez (9), J. Bonifacio (4), B. Moss 2 (8)
      • RBI - S. Perez 2 (25), J. Bonifacio 2 (10), B. Moss 2 (11)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Mauer (7), M. Sano (8)
      • RBI - B. Dozier (14), M. Sano 3 (33)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Sano (13)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - L. Cain (12)
      • CS - W. Merrifield, A. Gordon (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - L. Cain (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis4.25223402.701.714.0
      M. Minor (W, 1-1)1.10001201.900.7510.0
      P. Moylan (H, 6)0.11110109.603.00-1.5
      M. Strahm (H, 4)0.21111106.433.00-2.5
      J. Soria (H, 6)1.01000101.831.002.5
      K. Herrera (S, 9)1.01001204.262.009.0
      Total9.09446110---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis4.2
      M. Minor (W, 1-1)1.1
      P. Moylan (H, 6)0.1
      M. Strahm (H, 4)0.2
      J. Soria (H, 6)1.0
      K. Herrera (S, 9)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      P. Hughes (L, 4-3)4.06552435.742.00-4.0
      A. Wilk3.25113216.752.181.0
      C. Breslow1.10001101.840.752.5
      Total9.01166674---
      PITCHERSIP
      P. Hughes (L, 4-3)4.0
      A. Wilk3.2
      C. Breslow1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Junis
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 92-60, M. Minor 21-14, P. Moylan 10-6, M. Strahm 16-9, J. Soria 16-11, K. Herrera 19-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 3-6, M. Strahm 1-0, J. Soria 2-0, K. Herrera 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 21, M. Minor 5, P. Moylan 2, M. Strahm 4, J. Soria 4, K. Herrera 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Wilk 2 (2)
      • IBB - A. Wilk
      • Pitches-Strikes - P. Hughes 77-49, A. Wilk 68-40, C. Breslow 18-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wilk 4-4
      • Batters Faced - P. Hughes 19, A. Wilk 18, C. Breslow 5
      • 8TH INNING
        Moss homered to right center64
      • 7TH INNING
        Sano doubled to deep right, Dozier and Mauer scored54
      • 5TH INNING
        Sano singled to shallow center, Buxton scored, Dozier to second52
        Dozier singled to right center, Castro scored, Buxton to third51
      • 4TH INNING
        Moss homered to right50
        Bonifacio homered to left center, Hosmer scored40
      • 2ND INNING
        Perez homered to left center, Hosmer scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • C. Breslow Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hosmer walked
        • S. Perez: Perez flied out to deep left
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Bonifacio flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Herrera Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier grounded out to third
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Sano struck out on foul tip
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler singled to left, Mauer to second
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • A. Wilk Pitching:
        • B. Moss: Moss homered to right center
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield reached on bunt single to pitcher
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Merrifield picked off at second, pitcher to first to second, Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Moustakas flied out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Soria Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Strike (foul tip), Rosario grounded out to second
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Polanco singled to right center, Polanco to second on center fielder Cain fielding error
        • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Grossman grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Wilk Pitching:
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Moustakas singled to right
        • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Moustakas to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cain flied out to center
        • E. Hosmer: Hosmer popped out to second
        • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez intentionally walked
        • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • P. Moylan Pitching:
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier singled to left
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked, Dozier to second
        • M. Sano: Foul, Foul, Sano doubled to deep right, Dozier and Mauer scored
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Kepler grounded out to first, Sano to third
        • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Wilk Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bonifacio flied out to center
        • B. Moss: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moss singled to center
        • W. Merrifield: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Merrifield reached on fielder's choice to second, Moss out at second
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Merrifield to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon walked
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Rosario struck out looking
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Polanco popped out to second
        • J. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Castro struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Wilk Pitching:
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Moustakas grounded out to first
        • L. Cain: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cain walked
        • E. Hosmer: Cain stole second, Strike swinging, Hosmer grounded out to first, Cain to third
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Perez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco grounded out to second
        • J. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro walked
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Buxton walked, Castro to second
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Dozier singled to right center, Castro scored, Buxton to third
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Mauer popped out to shortstop
        • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Sano singled to shallow center, Buxton scored, Dozier to second
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked, Dozier to third, Sano to second
        • K. Vargas: Vargas popped out to first
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • P. Hughes Pitching:
        • E. Hosmer: Foul, Hosmer singled to left
        • S. Perez: Foul, Perez flied out to left
        • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio homered to left center, Hosmer scored
        • B. Moss: Ball, Moss homered to right
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Ball, Merrifield lined out to center
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
        • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Sano walked
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Sano to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Kepler singled to right, Sano to third
        • K. Vargas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Vargas popped into double play shortstop to first, Kepler out at first
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • P. Hughes Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to right
        • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon caught stealing, catcher to second
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moustakas walked
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cain struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • B. Buxton: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Buxton struck out looking
        • B. Dozier: Dozier popped out to second
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • P. Hughes Pitching:
        • E. Hosmer: Foul, Foul, Ball, Hosmer singled to left
        • S. Perez: Ball, Perez homered to left center, Hosmer scored
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Bonifacio flied out to center
        • B. Moss: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moss flied out to deep center
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield flied out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • K. Vargas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vargas singled to shallow center
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Polanco flied out to deep left
        • J. Castro: Castro grounded out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • P. Hughes Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
        • M. Moustakas: Foul, Moustakas popped out to second
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cain flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Dozier flied out to center
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mauer doubled to left center
        • M. Sano: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Kepler flied out to left
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)