Sano homers, Twins beat Royals 8-5 to snap 4-game skid

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Miguel Sano keeps tormenting the Kansas City Royals.

Sano belted a two-run homer, Eddie Rosario hit a three-run double and the Minnesota Twins snapped a four-game skid with an 8-5 victory over the Royals on Monday night.

After extending his hitting streak against Kansas City to 15 games, Sano is batting .373 with six home runs and 26 RBIs during that stretch.

''This is the ballpark (where) I realized my dreams,'' said Sano, who made his major league debut at Kauffman Stadium on July 2, 2015, and went 6 for 15 in the series. ''My dreams came true when I started in the major leagues and it's good to me.''

Sano drove a 1-1 pitch from Jakob Junis out to center field with Brian Dozier aboard in the fifth inning.

''Since it was 1-1, I thought I could catch him looking for a slider and maybe get a fastball fouled off or popped up, but he was on it and he got ahold of it,'' Junis said. ''Looking back, maybe I should have thrown a slider either way.''

Sano's home run was just out of the reach of Jon Jay leaping at the wall.

''I know the ball went deep, but I didn't think it was a homer,'' Sano said. ''I ran the bases normal. ... If they go, they go. I'll take it.''

Rosario drilled a three-run double in the eighth off Burch Smith. Dozier's sixth-inning single scored Mitch Garver, who added a two-run double in the ninth.

Lance Lynn (3-4) pitched six effective innings to win his second consecutive start after a dreadful stretch in his first season with the Twins.

''Early on this season the stuff was there, the location wasn't,'' said Lynn, who has lowered his ERA from 7.47 to 5.94 in his past two outings.

Lynn allowed two runs and six hits. He's given up two runs and 11 hits over 12 2/3 innings in his last two games.

The right-hander worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the second by striking out Alcides Escobar and retiring Ramon Torres on a grounder. The Royals went 4 for 19 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 overall.

Fernando Rodney got four outs for his 11th save in 14 chances. He gave up a ninth-inning homer to Jorge Soler.

Jay had four hits for Kansas City, including three doubles, to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

''We had a lot of opportunities and we just couldn't get that big hit,'' he said.

Junis (5-4) permitted three runs on six hits and walked a career-high four. He struck out seven.

The Royals tied it at 2 in the fifth when Mike Moustakas' double scored Jay and Whit Merrifield, who walked.

Kansas City got two runs in the eighth. Zach Duke's throwing error on Jay's bunt single allowed Escobar to score. Merrifield's single knocked in Torres with the second run.

NOT SO SWEET AT HOME

The Royals have lost 19 of 26 at Kauffman Stadium.

ROSTER MOVES

Twins: Claimed INF Taylor Motter off waivers from Seattle. Motter has a .197 batting average in 132 games over three major league seasons with the Mariners and Rays. He will report to Triple-A Rochester.

Royals: RHP Scott Barlow was recalled from Triple-A Omaha, where he was 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA in seven games. LHP Eric Stout, who yielded two homers and three runs in one-third of an inning Sunday at Texas, was optioned to Omaha.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: RHP Ervin Santana (right middle finger surgery) will make his second minor league rehab start Tuesday for Class A Fort Myers. ... 1B Joe Mauer (neck strain) has been taking batting practice and grounders at Target Field. ''He hasn't had any setbacks,'' manager Paul Molitor said. ''We don't want to get too excited about the potential of him being ready sooner than later.'' Mauer could be activated Thursday when the Twins return home.

Royals: LHP Eric Skoglund (Grade 1 UCL strain) was relieved after an MRI revealed he won't need Tommy John surgery. ''They said the UCL looks strong, it was just the fluid buildup,'' Skoglund said. ''It's exciting news that nothing was going on with the UCL. Just kind of get strong now in that area and let that fluid get out and get back to work. I was freaking out when I was in Texas. It wasn't a good feeling, especially when I found out (surgery) was a possibility.''

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson, a Missouri product, is 6-4 with a 3.46 ERA in 16 career starts against the Royals.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy is coming off his best outing of the year, when he allowed one run in a season-high 7 2/3 innings to beat the Rangers.

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MIN22-27
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KC18-36
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  • W: L. Lynn (3-4)L: J. Junis (5-4)S: F. Rodney (11)
  • HR: MIN - M. Sano (6), KC - J. Soler (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B52310011.243.309.406.7155.5
E. Rosario LF40130122.297.322.526.8487.0
M. Sano 3B51121033.200.280.442.7225.5
L. Morrison 1B30000200.196.313.340.6532.0
E. Escobar SS50000024.263.313.480.793-1.0
M. Kepler RF51200001.259.337.494.8316.0
R. Grossman DH42200100.227.307.327.6345.0
M. Garver C32220112.235.309.365.6738.5
B. Buxton CF50100015.159.187.205.3910.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jay CF51400000.305.361.362.7238.0
    W. Merrifield 2B41110112.288.363.420.7833.5
    M. Moustakas DH50120024.275.329.502.8313.0
    S. Perez C50200002.250.288.493.7802.0
    J. Soler RF41111103.271.367.463.8307.0
    H. Dozier 1B40000123.250.327.318.6450.0
    A. Gordon LF50300000.283.340.399.7393.0
    A. Escobar SS41000026.228.284.302.5851.0
    R. Torres 3B41100015.267.313.333.6461.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Rosario (15), M. Kepler (16), M. Garver (5)
      • 3B - M. Kepler (2)
      • HR - M. Sano (6)
      • RBI - B. Dozier (20), E. Rosario 3 (32), M. Sano 2 (16), M. Garver 2 (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier (8), E. Rosario 3 (14), M. Garver 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Jay 3 (8), M. Moustakas (12)
      • HR - J. Soler (7)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (22), M. Moustakas 2 (35), J. Soler (22)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (9)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Rosario (5)
      FIELDING
      • E - Z. Duke (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Lynn (W, 3-4)6.06223505.941.8219.5
      T. Hildenberger (H, 4)0.11000003.241.08-1.0
      T. Rogers (H, 1)0.10000005.491.420.0
      R. Pressly (H, 4)0.11000001.981.28-1.0
      Z. Duke0.22210004.081.70-3.0
      F. Rodney (S, 11)1.13110313.001.337.5
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Lynn (W, 3-4)6.0
      T. Hildenberger (H, 4)0.1
      T. Rogers (H, 1)0.1
      R. Pressly (H, 4)0.1
      Z. Duke0.2
      F. Rodney (S, 11)1.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (L, 5-4)6.06334713.611.146.5
      B. Smith2.03331204.881.500.0
      B. Boyer1.032201011.762.08-1.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (L, 5-4)6.0
      B. Smith2.0
      B. Boyer1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - Z. Duke (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 91-53, T. Hildenberger 5-5, T. Rogers 4-2, R. Pressly 2-2, Z. Duke 20-12, F. Rodney 25-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 6-7, T. Hildenberger 1-0, R. Pressly 1-0
      • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 27, T. Hildenberger 2, T. Rogers, R. Pressly 2, Z. Duke 5, F. Rodney 7
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Junis (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 93-57, B. Smith 39-27, B. Boyer 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 4-7, B. Smith 1-3, B. Boyer 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 29, B. Smith 10, B. Boyer 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
      123456789RHE
      MIN22-27
      0000210328121
      KC18-36
      0000200215130
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Dozier 2B52310011.243.309.406.7155.5
      E. Rosario LF40130122.297.322.526.8487.0
      M. Sano 3B51121033.200.280.442.7225.5
      L. Morrison 1B30000200.196.313.340.6532.0
      E. Escobar SS50000024.263.313.480.793-1.0
      M. Kepler RF51200001.259.337.494.8316.0
      R. Grossman DH42200100.227.307.327.6345.0
      M. Garver C32220112.235.309.365.6738.5
      B. Buxton CF50100015.159.187.205.3910.5
      Total398128151018-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Jay CF51400000.305.361.362.7238.0
        W. Merrifield 2B41110112.288.363.420.7833.5
        M. Moustakas DH50120024.275.329.502.8313.0
        S. Perez C50200002.250.288.493.7802.0
        J. Soler RF41111103.271.367.463.8307.0
        H. Dozier 1B40000123.250.327.318.6450.0
        A. Gordon LF50300000.283.340.399.7393.0
        A. Escobar SS41000026.228.284.302.5851.0
        R. Torres 3B41100015.267.313.333.6461.5
        Total40513413825-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - E. Rosario (15), M. Kepler (16), M. Garver (5)
          • 3B - M. Kepler (2)
          • HR - M. Sano (6)
          • RBI - B. Dozier (20), E. Rosario 3 (32), M. Sano 2 (16), M. Garver 2 (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier (8), E. Rosario 3 (14), M. Garver 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Jay 3 (8), M. Moustakas (12)
          • HR - J. Soler (7)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (22), M. Moustakas 2 (35), J. Soler (22)
          • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (9)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - E. Rosario (5)
          FIELDING
          • E - Z. Duke (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Lynn (W, 3-4)6.06223505.941.8219.5
          T. Hildenberger (H, 4)0.11000003.241.08-1.0
          T. Rogers (H, 1)0.10000005.491.420.0
          R. Pressly (H, 4)0.11000001.981.28-1.0
          Z. Duke0.22210004.081.70-3.0
          F. Rodney (S, 11)1.13110313.001.337.5
          Total9.01354381---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Lynn (W, 3-4)6.0
          T. Hildenberger (H, 4)0.1
          T. Rogers (H, 1)0.1
          R. Pressly (H, 4)0.1
          Z. Duke0.2
          F. Rodney (S, 11)1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (L, 5-4)6.06334713.611.146.5
          B. Smith2.03331204.881.500.0
          B. Boyer1.032201011.762.08-1.5
          Total9.012885101---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (L, 5-4)6.0
          B. Smith2.0
          B. Boyer1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - Z. Duke (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 91-53, T. Hildenberger 5-5, T. Rogers 4-2, R. Pressly 2-2, Z. Duke 20-12, F. Rodney 25-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 6-7, T. Hildenberger 1-0, R. Pressly 1-0
          • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 27, T. Hildenberger 2, T. Rogers, R. Pressly 2, Z. Duke 5, F. Rodney 7
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Junis (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 93-57, B. Smith 39-27, B. Boyer 17-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 4-7, B. Smith 1-3, B. Boyer 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 29, B. Smith 10, B. Boyer 6
          • 9TH INNING
            Soler homered to left center85
            Garver doubled to left center, Kepler and Grossman scored84
          • 8TH INNING
            Merrifield singled to left, Torres scored, Jay to second64
            Jay reached on bunt single to pitcher, Escobar scored, Torres to third on Duke fielding error63
            Rosario doubled to right center, Grossman, Garver and Dozier scored62
          • 6TH INNING
            Dozier singled to right, Garver scored32
          • 5TH INNING
            Moustakas doubled to deep center, Jay and Merrifield scored22
            Sano homered to center, Dozier scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Blaine Boyer relieved Burch Smith
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Foul, Ball, Morrison grounded out to second
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler doubled to deep left
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Grossman singled to left, Kepler to third, Grossman to second
            • M. Garver: Ball, Garver doubled to left center, Kepler and Grossman scored
            • B. Buxton: Buxton lined out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Rodney Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Perez flied out to deep center
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Soler homered to left center
            • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to center
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon to second on fielder's indifference, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Kepler popped out to shortstop
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Foul, Grossman singled to shallow left
            • M. Garver: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Garver walked, Grossman to second
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Dozier reached on an infield single to shortstop, Grossman to third, Garver to second
            • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Foul, Rosario doubled to right center, Grossman, Garver and Dozier scored
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Rosario stole third, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Zach Duke relieved Ryan Pressly
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier flied out to right
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gordon flied out to left
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar hit by pitch
            • R. Torres: Ball, Foul, Torres singled to left, Escobar to second
            • J. Jay: Jay reached on bunt single to pitcher, Escobar scored, Torres to third on Duke fielding error
            • Fernando Rodney relieved Zach Duke
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield singled to left, Torres scored, Jay to second
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moustakas struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Burch Smith relieved Jake Junis
            • M. Sano: Ball, Sano lined out to center
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison popped out to second
            • E. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Lance Lynn
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay doubled to left center
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Merrifield reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Jay out at third
            • Taylor Rogers relieved Trevor Hildenberger
            • M. Moustakas: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Moustakas lined out to left
            • Ryan Pressly relieved Taylor Rogers
            • S. Perez: Perez singled to left center, Merrifield to third
            • J. Soler: Soler grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Perez out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Grossman grounded out to first
            • M. Garver: Ball, Garver singled to left
            • B. Buxton: Ball, Strike looking, Buxton grounded bunt out to first, Garver to second
            • B. Dozier: Dozier singled to right, Garver scored
            • E. Rosario: Rosario flied out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Gordon flied out to left
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Escobar flied out to right
            • R. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Dozier singled to center
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Sano homered to center, Dozier scored
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler flied out to left
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Ball, Jay doubled to right center
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Moustakas doubled to deep center, Jay and Merrifield scored
            • S. Perez: Perez grounded out to third
            • J. Soler: Ball, Soler popped out to first
            • H. Dozier: Dozier flied out to left
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler flied out to center
            • R. Grossman: Grossman flied out to center
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Garver hit by pitch
            • B. Buxton: Buxton grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Garver out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Soler flied out to deep right
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier walked
            • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to shallow left center, Dozier to second
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Escobar flied out to right
            • R. Torres: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Torres grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • B. Buxton: Strike swinging, Ball, Buxton singled to shallow center
            • B. Dozier: Foul, Dozier popped out to second
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Rosario walked, Buxton to second
            • M. Sano: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Morrison walked, Buxton to third, Rosario to second
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar lined out to left
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Jay doubled to deep right
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield grounded out to third
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to shortstop, Jay to third
            • S. Perez: Perez flied out to deep center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison fouled out to third
            • E. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to second
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler tripled to shallow right
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Perez singled to shallow center
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soler walked, Perez to second
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • A. Gordon: Gordon reached on an infield single to second, Perez to third, Soler to second
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
            • R. Torres: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Torres grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Rosario struck out looking
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay grounded out to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)