Sano Homers, Twins Snap Four-Game Skid 29 May 18

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.