Twins power past Royals in 2nd game to split doubleheader

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Adalberto Mejia made the most of his brief stint back in the majors with the Minnesota Twins by getting his first big-league win.

Robbie Grossman, Max Kepler and Chris Gimenez all homered to help Mejia and the Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 8-4 in the second game Sunday to salvage a split of a doubleheader.

Mejia (1-1) was the Twins' 26th active player for the second game and allowed three runs in seven innings, on two home runs by Salvador Perez - who also went deep in the first game.

Mejia's reward for his first win? A trip back to Triple-A Rochester.

''I'm going to go down there and work on the things they told me work on,'' Mejia said through interpreter Carlos Font. ''Then it will be up to them to see when I get back.''

Grossman and Kepler each hit two-run homers in the first inning, and Brian Dozier had an RBI double in the second off Ian Kennedy (0-4) in his first game back from the disabled list.

Brandon Moss hit two of Kansas City's four home runs in the opener of the doubleheader, and Perez and Jorge Bonifacio each hit two-run homers to lead the Royals to a 6-4 win earlier in the day.

With the split, the Twins are now 7-1 on the year against the Royals. Kansas City's win in the first game snapped a seven-game losing streak against Minnesota.

Kennedy, who returned after missing time with a hamstring strain, said he felt fine physically. He walked three batters and gave up a pair of two-run homers in just two innings Sunday.

''He was way out of whack,'' manager Ned Yost said. ''His leg was fine. He felt normal, felt good. Just timing was off, rhythm was off.''

MINOR'S WIN

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 of relief in the first game Sunday. He 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 popup. Minor retired the side in order in the sixth.

Minor 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.

JUNIS' FIRST START

Kansas City's Jake 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 did a nice job,'' Yost said. ''We tried to get him through that fifth inning, but we needed to win this game.''

ROYALS MOVES

Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon missed the second game to join his wife, who is due to give birth on Monday. Infielder Raul Mondesi replacing Gordon on the roster but was optioned to Triple-A Omaha after the game. That means LHP Miguel Almonte, initially the Royals' 26th active player Sunday, remains on the 25-man roster. ... 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.

Twins: RHP Phil Hughes was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with shoulder discomfort. Hughes took the loss in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. Right-hander Kyle Gibson will take Hughes' place on the roster.

UP NEXT

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

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (0-4, 8.20 ERA) will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start Monday against Baltimore.

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KC18-25
200100010470
MIN22-18
41020010X8111
  • W: A. Mejia (1-1)L: I. Kennedy (0-4)
  • HR: KC - E. Hosmer (4), S. Perez 2 (11), MIN - C. Gimenez (1), R. Grossman (4), M. Kepler (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Escobar SS40100001.180.208.230.4381.0
L. Cain CF40000002.272.366.358.7230.0
E. Hosmer 1B42211001.309.372.430.8028.0
S. Perez DH42232000.280.321.547.86813.0
J. Bonifacio LF40100000.269.333.436.7691.0
J. Soler RF30100111.159.288.295.5842.5
C. Cuthbert 3B40000023.140.169.228.398-1.0
R. Mondesi 2B30000023.095.156.167.322-1.0
D. Butera C20000101.286.306.486.7911.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B41210112.243.341.403.7446.5
    R. Grossman RF41221102.268.413.433.8469.0
    B. Buxton CF0000-000.171.264.270.000-
    M. Sano DH41110134.304.430.6151.0452.5
    M. Kepler CF-RF42121114.260.358.433.79110.5
    K. Vargas 1B30110102.242.271.500.7713.0
    E. Rosario LF40000012.254.273.388.661-0.5
    E. Escobar 3B40100001.218.282.410.6931.0
    C. Gimenez C41111002.200.321.333.6546.0
    E. Adrianza SS32200100.385.471.462.9325.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Soler (3)
      • HR - E. Hosmer (4), S. Perez 2 (11)
      • RBI - E. Hosmer (16), S. Perez 3 (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Hosmer (8), S. Perez 2 (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Dozier 2 (8)
      • HR - R. Grossman (4), M. Kepler (4), C. Gimenez
      • RBI - B. Dozier (15), R. Grossman 2 (14), M. Sano (34), M. Kepler 2 (16), K. Vargas (16), C. Gimenez (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Kepler (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - K. Vargas
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Kennedy (L, 0-4)2.03553124.063.00-9.5
      C. Young5.07332416.851.805.0
      T. Wood1.01001109.772.001.5
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Kennedy (L, 0-4)2.0
      C. Young5.0
      T. Wood1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Mejia (W, 1-1)7.05332324.961.0022.5
      T. Rogers1.02110013.772.000.0
      B. Kintzler1.00000201.800.004.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Mejia (W, 1-1)7.0
      T. Rogers1.0
      B. Kintzler1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 54-28, C. Young 79-48, T. Wood 23-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 4-1, C. Young 1-9
      • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 12, C. Young 23, T. Wood 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Mejia 89-60, T. Rogers 9-6, B. Kintzler 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Mejia 10-7, T. Rogers 1-1, B. Kintzler 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Mejia 27, T. Rogers 4, B. Kintzler 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Escobar SS40100001.180.208.230.4381.0
      L. Cain CF40000002.272.366.358.7230.0
      E. Hosmer 1B42211001.309.372.430.8028.0
      S. Perez DH42232000.280.321.547.86813.0
      J. Bonifacio LF40100000.269.333.436.7691.0
      J. Soler RF30100111.159.288.295.5842.5
      C. Cuthbert 3B40000023.140.169.228.398-1.0
      R. Mondesi 2B30000023.095.156.167.322-1.0
      D. Butera C20000101.286.306.486.7911.0
      Total3247432512-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Dozier 2B41210112.243.341.403.7446.5
        R. Grossman RF41221102.268.413.433.8469.0
        B. Buxton CF0000-000.171.264.270.000-
        M. Sano DH41110134.304.430.6151.0452.5
        M. Kepler CF-RF42121114.260.358.433.79110.5
        K. Vargas 1B30110102.242.271.500.7713.0
        E. Rosario LF40000012.254.273.388.661-0.5
        E. Escobar 3B40100001.218.282.410.6931.0
        C. Gimenez C41111002.200.321.333.6546.0
        E. Adrianza SS32200100.385.471.462.9325.0
        Total34811836619-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Soler (3)
          • HR - E. Hosmer (4), S. Perez 2 (11)
          • RBI - E. Hosmer (16), S. Perez 3 (28)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Hosmer (8), S. Perez 2 (7)
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Dozier 2 (8)
          • HR - R. Grossman (4), M. Kepler (4), C. Gimenez
          • RBI - B. Dozier (15), R. Grossman 2 (14), M. Sano (34), M. Kepler 2 (16), K. Vargas (16), C. Gimenez (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Kepler (3)
          FIELDING
          • E - K. Vargas
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          I. Kennedy (L, 0-4)2.03553124.063.00-9.5
          C. Young5.07332416.851.805.0
          T. Wood1.01001109.772.001.5
          Total8.01188663---
          PITCHERSIP
          I. Kennedy (L, 0-4)2.0
          C. Young5.0
          T. Wood1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Mejia (W, 1-1)7.05332324.961.0022.5
          T. Rogers1.02110013.772.000.0
          B. Kintzler1.00000201.800.004.0
          Total9.0744253---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Mejia (W, 1-1)7.0
          T. Rogers1.0
          B. Kintzler1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 54-28, C. Young 79-48, T. Wood 23-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 4-1, C. Young 1-9
          • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 12, C. Young 23, T. Wood 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Mejia 89-60, T. Rogers 9-6, B. Kintzler 15-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Mejia 10-7, T. Rogers 1-1, B. Kintzler 1-0
          • Batters Faced - A. Mejia 27, T. Rogers 4, B. Kintzler 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Hosmer homered to center48
          • 7TH INNING
            Vargas singled to right, Kepler scored38
          • 4TH INNING
            Sano singled to left, Adrianza scored, Grossman to second37
            Gimenez homered to left36
            Perez homered to left center35
          • 2ND INNING
            Dozier doubled to left center, Adrianza scored25
          • 1ST INNING
            Kepler homered to right, Sano scored24
            Grossman homered to right center, Dozier scored22
            Perez homered to left, Hosmer scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • B. Kintzler Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bonifacio grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cuthbert struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • T. Rogers Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Escobar singled to center
            • L. Cain: Ball, Cain grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Escobar out at second
            • E. Hosmer: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hosmer homered to center
            • S. Perez: Perez flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Wood Pitching:
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Adrianza flied out to right
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dozier doubled to deep right center
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked
            • M. Sano: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler flied out to shallow left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • A. Mejia Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Soler doubled to deep left
            • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
            • R. Mondesi: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mondesi struck out looking
            • D. Butera: Ball, Butera flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Young Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked
            • K. Vargas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kepler stole second, Strike swinging, Foul, Vargas singled to right, Kepler scored
            • E. Rosario: Rosario flied out to deep right
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Escobar singled to right, Vargas to second
            • C. Gimenez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Gimenez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Escobar out at second
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Mejia Pitching:
            • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Hosmer lined out to right
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Perez lined out to right
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Bonifacio grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Young Pitching:
            • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adrianza singled to right
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul tip, Dozier struck out on foul tip
            • R. Grossman: Grossman fouled out to third
            • M. Sano: Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Mejia Pitching:
            • D. Butera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Butera grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar flied out to right
            • L. Cain: Cain lined out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Young Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Rosario struck out on foul tip
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar flied out to center
            • C. Gimenez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gimenez flied out to right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Mejia Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Perez homered to left center
            • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio singled to right
            • J. Soler: Soler flied out to right
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bonifacio to second on Vargas fielding error, Ball, Cuthbert grounded out to second, Bonifacio to third
            • R. Mondesi: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Mondesi struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • C. Young Pitching:
            • C. Gimenez: Gimenez homered to left
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Adrianza singled to center
            • B. Dozier: Foul, Dozier flied out to deep left
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Grossman reached on an infield single to third, Adrianza to second
            • M. Sano: Ball, Sano singled to left, Adrianza scored, Grossman to second
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • K. Vargas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Vargas flied out to center
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Mejia Pitching:
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Butera walked
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar grounded out to second, Butera to second
            • L. Cain: Cain reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Butera out at third
            • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hosmer grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Young Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler fouled out to third
            • K. Vargas: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Vargas walked
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Rosario lined out to right
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Escobar flied out to deep center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Mejia Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soler walked
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Cuthbert flied out to right
            • R. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Mondesi grounded into double play second to third to first, Soler out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • C. Gimenez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gimenez grounded out to third
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Adrianza walked
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Dozier doubled to left center, Adrianza scored
            • R. Grossman: Grossman fouled out to first
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Mejia Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Cain: Cain grounded out to second
            • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Hosmer reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Perez homered to left, Hosmer scored
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Bonifacio grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dozier walked
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Grossman homered to right center, Dozier scored
            • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sano walked
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kepler homered to right, Sano scored
            • K. Vargas: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Vargas grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Rosario grounded out to first
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Escobar grounded out to first
            • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)