MINNEAPOLIS — Jorge Polanco homered in four in the first inning and Carlos Correa hit a go-ahead homer in the fourth to help the Minnesota Twins win a 10-inning win on Friday night. -7 win over the Kansas City Royals.
Minnesota had a season-high 15 hits. Polanco’s first-inning two-run homer was his fifth of the season and his first after missing three games with an ankle injury. Correa’s solo homer was his third of the season and broke a 4-4 tie in the fourth to give the Twins a lead they never gave up.
Each batsman from both teams reaches base at least once.
“We’re going to hit some balls off the pitch, we know that,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “But if you can’t have those types of hitters like we do today, get some runners, force the action a little bit, make the other team uncomfortable … you end up with real hits or Miss. You end up winning a few games with some big swings, and you end up losing most of the time.”
Bobby Witt Jr. has completed the double cycle for the Royals, who have lost seven of their eight games. He hit a single in Game 1, hit a two-run 3 in Game 3 and added a home run in Game 7, his sixth of the season. To complete the loop, he flew to the right in the eighth inning with two runners on base.
“It’s special to have a day like this,” Royals manager Mike Massene said of Waite. “He showed everything with the opposite field strength and obviously the way he ran almost saw one of the best defenses of the year. … He really had a great night.”
Minnesota starter Bailey Ober pitched three innings, allowing three on five hits and a walk while striking out five. The Twins used seven relievers to end the final six innings. Trevor Megill (1-1) won, pitching 2 2/3 innings scoreless. Emilio Pagán entered the final with his seventh save.
Kansas City starter Rad Keller (1-5) gave up 6 and 11 hits in four innings. MJ Melendez also hit a home run for the Royals, who fought back by four after the first inning.
Witt’s 3-pointer scored a pair and Hunter Dozier added an RBI single in the third. Nicky Lopez singled for a home run to tie the game in the fourth. Lopez went 3-3 on foot.
The game didn’t stay tied for long. Correa’s homer and Trevor Lanark’s sacrificial fly in the bottom of the fourth gave the Twins a two-run lead and Witt’s homer was cut to one.
The Twins added four in the eighth inning with Gio Urshela’s second RBI single of the night, two RBIs by Nick Gordon and one by Luis Arraez. Gordon made it 2-4 with three RBIs.
Melendez’s solo homer and Emmanuel Rivera’s RBI cut the Royals’ deficit to three in the ninth. But Pagan came in and struck out Lopez to end the game.
“I’m happy with the way we fought in that game,” Baldley said. “It was a game we could lose. I knew we ended up winning a little bit and then putting 10 on the board, or whatever it was. But it was a game that could easily go the wrong way and today The toughness of our players tonight was good.”
“He’s probably one of the best players I’ve ever seen, how explosive he is. On top of that, he’s also a great kid. You hate seeing those super-athlete guys, they’re not good guys. He’s just As good as it is, and it’s easy to root for someone like that.” – Lopez on Witt.
The Twins placed OF Gilberto Celestino on the COVID-19 injured list on Friday. Baldelli said he was experiencing “mild symptoms.”
Celestino has played 31 games for the Twins this season, hitting .324 (24-for-74) with 4 doubles, 4 RBIs, 10 runs, 7 walks and a .398 hit rate.
Royals: Matheny says C Salvador Perez now “every day” with a strained left thumb after finishing a 10-day IL on Friday. Perez joined the Royals in Minneapolis on Thursday and participated in hitting and receiving drills. Perez suffered a thumb injury against the Chicago White Sox on May 17.
Twins: LHP Danny Coulombe returned from his rehab assignment and returned from a 15-day IL on Friday. He took Celestino’s place on the 26-man roster. Coulombe has missed the Twins’ last 15 games with a left hip impingement and appeared in two games on a rehab assignment in Triple-A Sao Paulo.
Coulombe faced five hitters Friday, allowing one run on two hits and two walks. He retired a hitter.
Royals: RHP Brady Singer (1-0, 1.83) faces the Twins on Saturday. Singer has not allowed a run in his two starts this season, most recently against Minnesota last Sunday.
Twins: Minnesota will play RHP Chris Archer (0-1, 3.86). Archer threw four innings in his final game to give the Detroit Tigers one run on three hits.
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