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Urshela, Twins overcome 6-run deficit, rally past Royals 7-6

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Gio Urshela hit a tie-break single in the ninth inning to complete Minnesota’s comeback from a six-round deficit, lifting the Twins over the Kansas City Royals 7–6 on Sunday.

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“This win was special,” said manager Rocco Baldelli. “It was special in the way it was put together, in the number of participants.”

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Losing 6-0, the Twins scored five times in the eighth round. Kyle GarlickDouble-decker Homer.

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Jorge Polanco broke away from Josh Stowmont (1-1) in the ninth, Max Kepler doubled and Gary Sanchez tied it with his second sacrifice in two innings. With two outs, Urshela took the lead.

“The last two innings have been great, we’ve had good at-bats as a team, which is very important to us,” Urshela said. “There was good energy in the dugout before the ninth and we were able to fight back.”

Reliever Tyler Duffy (2-2) won and Joan Duran pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Gemini starter Bailey Ober threw five innings and allowed one run and three hits with four strikeouts and a walk.

Brady Singer gave Kansas City seven innings for the second consecutive start, allowing no runs and four hits. He struck out three and walked three.

royal family feeders Taylor Clark, Scott Barlow and Staumon missed a 6-0 lead.

“The guys in the back have been so good all season, picking each other up,” said Royals manager Mike Matheny. “Today was unfortunate because they were good for us, but it stings.”

Carlos Santana hit a three-run double in the five-run sixth for the Royals. Andrew Benintendi had three hits and ended the streak 7 out of 11.


Gemini: OF Trevor Larnach was reinstated from the 10-day injured list after missing 13 games due to a right adductor deformity.

Royals: Withdrawn Triple-A Omaha Singer and Reinstated RHP Ronald Bolanos. Kansas City chose RHP Dylan Coleman and LHP Foster Griffin to Triple-A on their respective turns.


Gemini: RHP Cody Stashak (right shoulder entrapment) was placed on a 15-day IL. LHP Danny Coulomb was sent to Double-A Wichita for rehab.


Twins: To continue AL Central’s 15-game streak at home against Detroit. Chris Archer (0-1, 4.10) starts for Gemini.

Members of the royal family: Zach Greinke (0-2, 3.48) will open a two-game series in Arizona for the Royals.


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