Morales provides more pop as Royals continue dominant play against Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kendrys Morales had two home runs, including a three-run blast in Kansas City’s seven-run ninth inning that propelled the Royals to a 10-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
Morales hit a two-run shot in the first inning to help the Royals overcome the loss of catcher Salvador Perez, who left the game with a right wrist contusion after he was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning.
Brian Dozier hit his 39th home run of the season for the Twins, moving him into a tie with Rogers Hornsby (twice) and Alfonso Soriano for fourth-most home runs by a second baseman in a season. He has homered in five straight games, tying Harmon Killebrew and Marty Cordova for the longest streak in Twins history.
Former Twin Drew Butera’s bases loaded single off Brandon Kintzler (0-2) broke a 3-3 tie and got the Royals rolling in the ninth.
Perez exits with wrist injury
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez left Tuesday night’s game against Minnesota night in the sixth inning after he was hit on the right wrist during an at-bat against Ervin Santana.
Santana’s pitch ran in on Perez’s hands and hit him right on the wrist of his throwing hand. Perez leaped out of the batter’s box and crouched to his knees as he winced in pain. After several minutes Perez left the field and went back into the clubhouse for further examination.
The Royals said he had a right wrist bruise.
Perez has 20 home runs and 59 RBIs in 121 games for the defending champions, who started the day two games back of the second AL wild card spot.