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Soler homers twice as Royals power past Twins

The Royals got to a rusty Odorizzi in the first. Ryan O’Hearn drove in Whit Merrifield with a single up the middle for a 1-0 lead. Odorizzi threw 29 pitches in the opening inning.

Odorizzi settled down in the second, but he gave up a 440-foot home run to Soler leading off the third. He worked out of further trouble but ended the third inning with 71 total pitches and his night was done.

Nelson Cruz, who entered the game 7-for-21 with three home runs against Duffy, drew the Twins within one with a 437-foot homer to left center leading off the fourth. Duffy also served up a three-run homer to Byron Buxton.

The Royals answered immediately with a six-run fourth. Nicky Lopez hit his first home run of the season off Thorpe. Cody Stashak relieved Thorpe and gave up Soler’s second home run. Salvador Perez followed with his own monster shot, his third, which went 438 feet to left-center.

The Twins got runs back in the sixth on a single by Buxton and the seventh on a home run by Max Kepler, his fifth.

Adalberto Mondesi manufactured a run in the seventh. He had an infield single, stole second and third, and scored on a wild pitch.

–Field Level Media

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