Royals fail to sweep Twins, move up in wild-card race

The defending World Series champions regained their winning touch Monday, despite Brian Dozier hitting three home runs for Minnesota.

Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, in Minneapolis.

Berrios looked like he would get through the fifth, giving up a leadoff single before coaxing a fielder's choice ground out and striking out Paulo Orlando, but the rookie right hander walked Hosmer to keep the inning alive, setting up Morales' massive shot to the concourse beyond the right-field fence. Manager Paul Molitor said Duffey would return to the starting rotation on Friday against Cleveland.

He leads the Twins in homers, batting average, RBIs and hits (147).

Dozier's been so great and so powerful at a position that doesn't always demand high power output, that he's moved into the top-10 among position players in Wins Above Replacement, according to Fangraphs. The Royals stayed four games behind Baltimore, which holds the second spot.

"He's been fantastic, really fantastic" Royals manager Ned Yost said.

The over is 8-1-1 in Kansas City's last 10 overall and is 8-1-1 in their last 10 on grass while going 9-2 in their last 11 road games. Dozier's 10 home runs against Kansas City this year are the most ever by a Royals opponent. Former Twins Drew Butera and Kendrys Morales went deep for the Royals. It was Dozier's 76th extra-base hit of the season, which already puts him in second place in Twins history, with Tony Oliva's 84 in 1964 atop the list. The American League record for home runs by a second baseman is 39 by Alfonso Soriano of the New York Yankees in 2002.

Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs and Miguel Montero added one for the Cubs.

Giants 3, Rockies 2: Jeff Samardzija struck out nine in seven innings of work, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk and Eduardo Nunez homered.

Royals: OF Lorenzo Cain missed his sixth straight game because of left wrist inflammation. "That's something we try to teach to be prepared to do if they make a mistake".

Royals: Recalled INF Christian Colon and selected the contracts of OF Daniel Nava and RHP Kevin McCarthy from Triple-A Omaha.

Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe was diagnosed with a strain of the intercostal and oblique muscles on his left side, his third injury this year to that area including a broken rib. RHP Yordano Ventura (10-9, 4.22 ERA) will pitch, opposite LHP Carlos Rodon (6-8, 3.90 ERA) of the White Sox.

MARINERS 14, RANGERS 6 Robinson Cano homered during a five-run first inning and Seattle knocked out starter Cole Hamels early and pulled away with a six-run sixth inning.

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