Maeda and Polanco lead the Twins 6-2 past the Royals to stop the skid | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kenta Maeda beat the season’s top 10 in six scoreless innings, Jorge Polanco scored and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Sunday to end a five-game streak. consecutive defeats.

“I think all of my pitches were working today,” Maeda said through a translator. “I thought I lost command on the last outings and today I aggressively attacked the strike zone.

Maeda (4-3) allowed two hits and a walk in a splendid outing which was her longest of the year.

“It’s the Kenta that we’ve seen a lot. It’s a wonderful outing and I think he got stronger as he went, ”Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “I think physically he was feeling good and his business was really developing. “

Minnesota avoided a three-game sweep, creating a cushion in the seventh inning when a two-run Polanco homerun and a solo shot from Alex Kirilloff increased the lead to 5-0.

Max Kepler hit a solo homerun to right field in the sixth, his seventh of the season. He has seven hits, six RBIs, two homers and six walks since returning from the injured list on June 18.

Polanco activated a fastball and sent it into the left field box. Two hitters later, Kirilloff also joined Richard Lovelady.

Kansas City starter Brad Keller (6-9) allowed two runs, five hits and two walks. He had seven strikes in 6 1/3 innings, his second longest outing of the season.

“Maeda was pretty good,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “We didn’t have anything for a long time, and he was what we thought he would do.”

The Twins struck first in the third after Luis Arraez scored two strikeouts and moved up to second on wild ground. Arraez scored on Trevor Larnach’s single.

Larnach also selected Arraez at home in the ninth.

Jarrod Dyson hit a two-run single late in the ninth against Hansel Robles to break the shutout.



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