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Rookie Jose Miranda had two hits, including a two-run double in the eighth to create a three-run cushion as the visiting Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 6-4 on Friday night.
Miranda entered the competition, which was the start of a three-game streak, in a 0v20 sled.
The Twins are now 20-3 if they score the first goal this season.
Devin Smeltzer (1-0) allowed a run to five hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings for the win. He didn’t knock out a batter, but he came ahead of most of the batsmen he faced.
Emilio Pagan made his sixth save in seven chances despite conceding a run in the ninth inning. He knocked out Andrew Benintendi with the tie run on base to end the game.
Daniel Lynch (2-3) only lasted 3 2/3 innings and needed 90 pitches to get that far. He allowed four runs on five hits while striking two and walking two.
The Twins scored in the first inning before Lynch could record an out. He led Byron Buxton four squares to start the game, and Carlos Correa and Kyle Garlick followed with singles. Buxton scored Garlick’s goal.
With an out, Lynch grooved an 86-mile slider that Gary Sanchez hit with a double to the left and Correa scored. Gio Urshela’s sacrificial fly drove Garlick home.
The Royals grabbed one back in the bottom of the first on a sacrificial fly from Bobby Witt Jr., who tapped into Whit Merrifield.
The Twins extended the lead to 4-1 in the second on a sacrificial fly from Garlick. Lynch loaded the bases with an out but escaped with only one run allowed.
The Royals got two runs in the seventh, the first on a solo home run by Carlos Santana ahead of Tyler Duffey. It was Duffey’s first allowed run in eight games. Santana scored a 0-for-21 slump with his blast.
Twins reliever Jhoan Duran came up with two ons and an out, and Merrifield greeted him with a sacrificial fly on a 101-mile fastball to draw the Royals within 4-3.
The twins responded to Miranda’s double in the top of the eighth. Emmanuel Rivera homed with an out at the bottom of ninth to take the lead.
Minnesota earned its fourth win in five games while Kansas City lost for the fourth time in six games.
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