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Twins score 7 in 3rd to back Berríos in 13-4 win over Royals

Minnesota Twins' Alex Kirilloff, left, high-fives teammate Luis Arraez (2) after hitting a home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against th...
Minnesota Twins against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 2, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton, center, smiles as he high-fives teammates after defeating the Kansas City Royals in a baseball game Sunday, May 2, 2021...
Kansas City Royals' pitcher Brad Keller throws against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 2, 2021, in Minneap...
Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios throws against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 2, 2021, in Minneap...
Kansas City Royals' Carlos Santana (41) catches a fly ball hit by Minnesota Timberwolves' Jarrett Culver (23) during the second inning of a baseball g...
Minnesota Twins second baseman Luis Arraez, right, tags Kansas City Royals' Andrew Benintendi, left, out at second base after trying to steal the base...

Minnesota Twins' Alex Kirilloff, left, high-fives teammate Luis Arraez (2) after hitting a home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against th...

Minnesota Twins against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 2, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton, center, smiles as he high-fives teammates after defeating the Kansas City Royals in a baseball game Sunday, May 2, 2021...

Kansas City Royals' pitcher Brad Keller throws against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 2, 2021, in Minneap...

Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios throws against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 2, 2021, in Minneap...

Kansas City Royals' Carlos Santana (41) catches a fly ball hit by Minnesota Timberwolves' Jarrett Culver (23) during the second inning of a baseball g...

Minnesota Twins second baseman Luis Arraez, right, tags Kansas City Royals' Andrew Benintendi, left, out at second base after trying to steal the base...

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andrelton Simmons and Mitch Garver homered in a seven-run third inning, and rookie Alex Kirillof went deep for the fourth time in three games as the Minnesota Twins routed the Kansas City Royals 13-4 on Sunday.

José Berríos (3-2) took advantage of Minnesota's tear at the plate to win for the first time in four starts. Berríos gave up four runs on six hits and struck out nine in six innings.

The Twins have won three of four and scored 35 runs during that stretch.

Kansas City starter Brad Keller was undone by the long ball and his own defense. Keller (2-3) gave up all seven runs in the third, but only two were earned after a pair of errors by third baseman Hunter Dozier.

Dozier later hit a three-run homer, but the AL Central-leading Royals have lost three of five.

Keller cruised through the first two innings, but things unraveled quickly in the third. The right-hander hit Jake Cave with a pitch and Simmons followed with his first home run of the season to the second deck in left field. Garver capped the inning with a three-run shot an estimated 436 feet to the second deck in left field.

Kansas City couldn’t capitalize on some shaky defense by Minnesota in the sixth as Berríos struck out the final two batters he faced, yelling into his glove as he walked off the mound at the end of the inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals: RHP Brady Singer is scheduled to start Wednesday in his regular rotation spot after his foot was bruised Friday on a comebacker. ... C Cam Gallagher took foul balls off his helmet on consecutive pitches in the eighth. After each one, Gallagher took time to recover and was attended to by a trainer, but he stayed in the game.

Twins: Manager Rocco Baldelli said 1B Miguel Sanó (right hamstring strain) will likely be activated in the middle of the upcoming week. The team wants Sanó to get his timing down and he will hit off high-velocity machines.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (1-1, 3.47 ERA) starts the opener of a four-game series against Cleveland on Monday as Kansas City returns home. Junis is coming off his first quality start of the season, when he took his first loss against Pittsburgh. RHP Aaron Civale (4-0, 2.94) is scheduled to pitch for the Indians.

Twins: The homestand continues with four games against Texas, with RHP Kenta Maeda (1-2, 6.56) looking to bounce back Monday. Maeda has allowed 12 runs in 8 2/3 innings over his last two starts. The Rangers will start RHP Dane Dunning (1-1, 3.97).

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Updated : 2021-05-11 19:59 GMT+08:00