KANSAS CITY, Missouri, USA (AP) – Whit Merrifield capped a nine-run attack in the first inning with a three-lap home run, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 14-5 on Friday night. to spin his fifth triumph.
Merrifield started the big offense with a single in the first inning of the game. His home run ended the performance of Matt Shoemaker (2-7), who retired just one opponent, allowed six hits and gave up a pair of walks.
Kansas City made it 13-0 in the second inning. All nine Royals in batting order had already scored with no outs in that inning.
Michael A. Taylor drove in three runs for the Royals.
Brad Keller (6-4) won his third straight start and hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start since April. He worked five innings, in which he allowed two earned runs.
Minnesota suffered its fourth straight loss.
For the Twins, the Dominicans Jorge Polanco 4-2 with two runs scored and one RBI, Miguel Sanó 4-1 with a run scored and two RBIs, Gilberto Celestino 4-0. The Venezuelan Willians Astudillo 5-0.
For the Royals, the Dominicans Hanser Alberto 1-1 with one scored, Carlos Santana 3-1 with one scored and two produced, Kelvin Gutiérrez 5-1 with one scored. Venezuelan Salvador Pérez 4-1 with one scored and two RBIs. Cuban Jorge Soler 3-1 with two runs scored.