MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jorge Polanco homered in a four-run first inning and Carlos Correa hit a go-ahead homer in the fourth to power the Minnesota Twins to a 10-7 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
Minnesota had a season-high 15 hits. Polanco’s first inning two-run homer was his fifth of the season and it came in his first at-bat after missing three games with an ankle injury. Correa’s solo home run was his third of the season and broke a 4-4 tie in the fourth inning to give the Twins a lead they never relinquished.
Every batter from both teams reached base at least once.
“We’re going to hit some balls out of the ballpark, we know that,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “But if you can’t have those types of at-bats like we had today, getting some baserunners, forcing the action a little, making the other team uncomfortable … you’re going to end up real hit or miss. You’re going to end up winning a few games with some big swings and you’re going to end up coming up short most of the time.”
Bobby Witt Jr. finished a double shy of the cycle for the Royals, who have lost seven of eight. He singled in the first, hit a two-run triple in the third and added a solo homer in the seventh for his sixth of the season. In his bid to complete the cycle, he flew out to right field in the eighth inning with two runners on base.
“Special, to have that kind of day,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said of Witt. “He showed a little bit of everything with the opposite field power, with obviously the way that he runs, almost saw one of the best defensive plays of the year. … He really had a good night.”
Minnesota starter Bailey Ober pitched three innings, allowing three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five. The Twins used seven relievers to close out the…