MINNEAPOLIS — Jorge Polanco hit two of Minnesota’s five home runs, Michael Pineda pitched five strong innings in his return to the rotation and the Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 9-2.
Byron Buxton homered for the second straight day, and Nick Gordon and Max Kepler also went deep for Minnesota.
Pineda (6-8) allowed one run on five hits.
He was making his first start since returning from the injured list on Sept. 6 with a left oblique strain.
Brady Singer (4-10) surrendered six runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings while striking out seven for Kansas City.