Polanco homers twice as Twins hit 5 in 9-2 win over Royals

Royals fall to 64-78 on the season
Byron Buxton, Salvador Perez
Posted at 11:08 PM, Sep 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-12 00:08:33-04

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.