Dozier's 3-run homer sends Bailey, Royals over Twins 6-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) In the span of a week, Hunter Dozier went from the injured list to the delivery room to the star role in the Kansas City Royals' 6-1 win over the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins.

The young slugger hit a three-run shot during a five-run third inning Sunday, made a couple of stellar defensive plays at third base and gave Homer Bailey and the Kansas City bullpen all the offense they needed against the Twins on a soggy, overcast afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

''I knew my timing was going to be off,'' said Dozier, who had been sidelined the last three weeks with an oblique strain. ''I felt better today. Hopefully keep getting better and better.''

Dozier returned to the team on Friday after spending the previous night in the hospital, where his wife gave birth to the couple's second child. And while he struggled at the plate in his first couple of games back, that timing seemed to have returned against Minnesota.

''They struck him out with a slider the first time up, and the second time they tried the same ploy,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said, ''and it didn't work.''

Bailey (7-6) only made one significant mistake, leaving a pitch over the plate that Eddie Rosario steered inside the right-field foul pole. Otherwise, the revitalized right-hander followed back-to-back scoreless starts against Detroit and Seattle by giving up five hits and a walk.

The Royals' bullpen shut down the Twins the rest of the way. Kevin McCarthy left the bases loaded in the seventh, then recorded the next six outs to earn his first career save.

''I'd hoped it would come a little sooner,'' he said, ''but I'm glad I got it.''

Alex Gordon added two RBIs and Nicky Lopez also drove in a run for the Royals, who did most of their damage against Michael Pineda (4-4) in the third inning. Pineda wound up lasting five, allowing eight hits while taking his first loss since May 5 at Yankee Stadium.

He didn't get much support as the Twins stranded 11 runners on base.

''Bailey threw the ball well. He had to work for everything, but he made good pitches when he had to,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''When you get that big hit or a couple of big hits, it can give you a lift. It's tough to get that first big hit with people on base, and we didn't get that.''

With rain in the forecast, Bailey and Pineda engaged in a tidy pitchers' duel through the first couple innings. But that ended abruptly when Pineda took the mound in the third.

After retiring Martin Maldonado, the big right-hander gave up a base hit to Billy Hamilton - the first of what would become five straight. And they came in quite the variety: Whit Merrifield delivered on a hit-and-run, Lopez had a bunt single and Gordon doubled down the right-field line.

The big blow came from Dozier, though. His three-run shot soared over the visiting bullpen in left field, giving Kansas City a 5-0 lead and the youngster another boost in his All-Star bid.

Dozier is among the three AL finalists at third base in voting that begins Wednesday.

''In the third inning they got some soft contact. I hang one pitch, my slider and they hit a big homer,'' Pineda said. ''That cost me the game. I just tried to compete.''

Bailey's streak of 16 2/3 scoreless innings finally ended when Rosario cracked his 20th homer of the year leading off the fourth inning. But Bailey got a modicum of revenge in the sixth, when he struck out Rosario after a 14-pitch at-bat to conclude his afternoon.

STATS AND STREAKS

The Twins' Jorge Polanco extended his 36-game on-base streak with a single in the seventh. That is tied for fifth-longest in club history. ... Luis Arraez had his first four-hit game for Minnesota. ... Bailey has not allowed more than three runs in a start since April 30.

NEGRO LEAGUES SALUTE

The Royals wore uniforms of the 1942 Kansas City Monarchs and the Twins dressed as the St. Paul Gophers from 1908 for their throwback day at the K. It also was ''Dressed to the Nines'' day at the park, and many fans came dressed in suits, dresses and vintage clothing.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins OF Byron Buxton hit before the game to test his right wrist, and manager Rocco Baldelli said it's possible he could play Tuesday. ''We have to make sure he's 100 percent before we activate him for a game,'' Baldelli said. ''We're very close to making a decision.'' ... RHP Jose Berrios should make his next start despite leaving Saturday's game with a blister, Baldelli said.

UP NEXT

The Royals head to Cleveland on Monday night to open a three-game set with RHP Brad Keller (3-9, 4.45 ERA) on the hill. The Twins are off Monday before starting a three-game set against Tampa Bay.

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  • W: H. Bailey (7-6)L: M. Pineda (4-4)S: K. McCarthy (1)
  • HR: MIN - E. Rosario (20), KC - H. Dozier (12)
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M. Sano 3B30000133.210.300.533.833-0.5
J. Castro C40000024.231.323.487.810-1.0
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    W. Merrifield RF41200011.302.349.498.8482.5
    N. Lopez 2B42110001.241.282.319.6014.0
    A. Gordon LF41220000.264.343.454.7977.0
    H. Dozier 3B41231011.311.397.592.9899.5
    J. Soler DH40000031.241.306.517.823-1.5
    C. Cuthbert 1B40100000.298.322.500.8221.0
    H. Arteaga SS40100001.167.231.167.3971.0
    M. Maldonado C30000001.212.285.306.5910.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Kepler (19), L. Arraez (3)
      • HR - E. Rosario (20)
      • RBI - E. Rosario (57)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Cruz 2 (2), E. Rosario 4 (4), M. Sano, J. Castro 2 (2), J. Cave 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Gordon 2 (20), H. Dozier (13)
      • HR - H. Dozier (12)
      • RBI - N. Lopez (6), A. Gordon 2 (47), H. Dozier 3 (38)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon (17)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, H. Dozier, J. Soler, H. Arteaga
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Hamilton 2 (16)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Polanco-Arraez-Cron)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Pineda (L, 4-4)5.08550515.021.21-0.5
      Z. Littell1.01000007.711.502.0
      M. Morin1.02110102.081.100.5
      M. Magill1.00000005.321.643.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Pineda (L, 4-4)5.0
      Z. Littell1.0
      M. Morin1.0
      M. Magill1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Bailey (W, 7-6)5.15111514.611.3817.5
      S. Barlow0.21000105.711.47-0.5
      B. Boxberger0.21000105.401.58-0.5
      K. McCarthy (S, 1)2.12000205.211.7912.0
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Bailey (W, 7-6)5.1
      S. Barlow0.2
      B. Boxberger0.2
      K. McCarthy (S, 1)2.1
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pineda 92-64, Z. Littell 12-9, M. Morin 16-10, M. Magill 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pineda 4-6, Z. Littell 1-1, M. Morin 1-1, M. Magill 2-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Pineda 23, Z. Littell 3, M. Morin 5, M. Magill 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - B. Boxberger, K. McCarthy (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Bailey 108-70, S. Barlow 16-10, B. Boxberger 21-16, K. McCarthy 31-19
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Bailey 6-5, K. McCarthy 5-0
      • Batters Faced - H. Bailey 22, S. Barlow 3, B. Boxberger 4, K. McCarthy 10
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      J. Polanco SS50200002.326.383.542.9252.0
      N. Cruz DH40000013.266.357.531.8890.5
      E. Rosario LF41111014.269.300.518.8185.5
      C. Cron 1B40000000.281.344.538.8820.0
      L. Arraez 2B40400000.436.521.5901.1115.0
      M. Sano 3B30000133.210.300.533.833-0.5
      J. Castro C40000024.231.323.487.810-1.0
      J. Cave RF30000012.177.311.258.5690.5
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      Z. Littell P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        W. Merrifield RF41200011.302.349.498.8482.5
        N. Lopez 2B42110001.241.282.319.6014.0
        A. Gordon LF41220000.264.343.454.7977.0
        H. Dozier 3B41231011.311.397.592.9899.5
        J. Soler DH40000031.241.306.517.823-1.5
        C. Cuthbert 1B40100000.298.322.500.8221.0
        H. Arteaga SS40100001.167.231.167.3971.0
        M. Maldonado C30000001.212.285.306.5910.0
        B. Hamilton CF31200010.227.302.280.5826.5
        H. Bailey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        S. Barlow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Kepler (19), L. Arraez (3)
          • HR - E. Rosario (20)
          • RBI - E. Rosario (57)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Cruz 2 (2), E. Rosario 4 (4), M. Sano, J. Castro 2 (2), J. Cave 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Gordon 2 (20), H. Dozier (13)
          • HR - H. Dozier (12)
          • RBI - N. Lopez (6), A. Gordon 2 (47), H. Dozier 3 (38)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon (17)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, H. Dozier, J. Soler, H. Arteaga
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - B. Hamilton 2 (16)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Polanco-Arraez-Cron)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Pineda (L, 4-4)5.08550515.021.21-0.5
          Z. Littell1.01000007.711.502.0
          M. Morin1.02110102.081.100.5
          M. Magill1.00000005.321.643.0
          Total8.01166061---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Pineda (L, 4-4)5.0
          Z. Littell1.0
          M. Morin1.0
          M. Magill1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          H. Bailey (W, 7-6)5.15111514.611.3817.5
          S. Barlow0.21000105.711.47-0.5
          B. Boxberger0.21000105.401.58-0.5
          K. McCarthy (S, 1)2.12000205.211.7912.0
          Total9.0911191---
          PITCHERSIP
          H. Bailey (W, 7-6)5.1
          S. Barlow0.2
          B. Boxberger0.2
          K. McCarthy (S, 1)2.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pineda 92-64, Z. Littell 12-9, M. Morin 16-10, M. Magill 12-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pineda 4-6, Z. Littell 1-1, M. Morin 1-1, M. Magill 2-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Pineda 23, Z. Littell 3, M. Morin 5, M. Magill 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - B. Boxberger, K. McCarthy (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - H. Bailey 108-70, S. Barlow 16-10, B. Boxberger 21-16, K. McCarthy 31-19
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Bailey 6-5, K. McCarthy 5-0
          • Batters Faced - H. Bailey 22, S. Barlow 3, B. Boxberger 4, K. McCarthy 10
          • 7TH INNING
            Gordon doubled to deep right center, Lopez scored16
          • 4TH INNING
            Rosario homered to right15
          • 3RD INNING
            Dozier homered to left, Lopez and Gordon scored05
            Gordon doubled to deep right, Merrifield scored, Lopez to third02
            Lopez reached on bunt single to second, Hamilton scored, Merrifield to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • K. McCarthy Pitching:
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Kepler grounded out to second
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cruz grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • K. McCarthy Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Cron grounded out to second
            • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Arraez singled to deep right center
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • J. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Castro grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Magill relieved Mike Morin
            • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Soler grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cuthbert flied out to left
            • H. Arteaga: Arteaga grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Brad Boxberger relieved Scott Barlow
            • J. Castro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castro flied out to deep right
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cave hit by pitch
            • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco singled to right, Cave to second
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Brad Boxberger
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Cruz hit by pitch, Cave to third, Polanco to second
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Rosario reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Cruz out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Mike Morin relieved Zack Littell
            • B. Hamilton: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield singled to center
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lopez reached on fielder's choice to second, Merrifield out at second
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon doubled to deep right center, Lopez scored
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep center
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • H. Bailey Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • Scott Barlow relieved Homer Bailey
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cron flied out to deep right
            • L. Arraez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Arraez singled to left
            • M. Sano: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Zack Littell relieved Michael Pineda
            • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert fouled out to catcher
            • H. Arteaga: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Arteaga singled to right
            • M. Maldonado: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Maldonado grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Arteaga out at second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • H. Bailey Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kepler grounded out to first
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Foul, Polanco lined out to left
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Lopez flied out to center
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gordon flied out to left
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Dozier doubled to left center
            • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • H. Bailey Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rosario homered to right
            • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cron grounded out to third
            • L. Arraez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Arraez doubled to left center
            • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sano walked
            • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cave grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • H. Arteaga: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Arteaga grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Maldonado grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball (pitchout), Hamilton stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton stole third, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • H. Bailey Pitching:
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Cave grounded out to second
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kepler doubled to right center
            • J. Polanco: Polanco flied out to left
            • N. Cruz: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Maldonado popped out to second
            • B. Hamilton: Hamilton singled to left center
            • W. Merrifield: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Merrifield singled to right, Hamilton to third
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Lopez reached on bunt single to second, Hamilton scored, Merrifield to second
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Foul, Gordon doubled to deep right, Merrifield scored, Lopez to third
            • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Dozier homered to left, Lopez and Gordon scored
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Foul, Ball, Cuthbert flied out to deep left
            • End of the 3rd (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • H. Bailey Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Cron grounded out to pitcher
            • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Arraez reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • J. Castro: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cuthbert reached on an infield single to third
            • H. Arteaga: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Arteaga reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Cuthbert out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • H. Bailey Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kepler singled to center
            • J. Polanco: Polanco reached on fielder's choice to first, Kepler out at second
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Cruz flied out to deep right
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Rosario flied out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield lined out to right
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lopez grounded out to second
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon flied out to deep center
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)