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Minnesota 4, Kansas City 3
When: 8:10 PM ET, Friday, September 20, 2019
Where: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Temperature: 83°
Umpires: Home - Sam Holbrook, 1B - Jim Wolf, 2B - Roberto Ortiz, 3B - Manny Gonzalez
Attendance: 29468

Randy Dobnak gave up one run on three hits over 5 1/3 innings to pick up his first major league win and Marwin Gonzalez had a two-run double to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Miguel Sano tripled and drove in a run and Jorge Polanco doubled and scored a run for Minnesota (95-59), which remained four games ahead of the Cleveland Indians (91-63) in the American League Central with eight games remaining.

Dobnak (1-1), signed two years ago out of the United Shore Professional Baseball League (USPBL), a four-team independent league in Michigan, walked two and struck out five. Trevor May struck out the side in the ninth to earn his second save.

Alex Gordon had a double and two RBIs and Ryan McBroom had three hits for Kansas City (56-99), which lost its fourth straight game and for the seventh time in eight outings. Eric Skoglund (0-2) pitched four innings, allowing two runs on three hits to pick up the loss.

Minnesota took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Mitch Garver led off with a walk, advanced to third on a double by Polanco and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nelson Cruz. One out later, Sano smashed a triple to center to drive in Polanco.

Kansas City cut it to 2-1 in the sixth when Jorge Soler led off with a single, advanced to second on a groundout by Hunter Dozier and then scored on a double by Gordon.

The Twins increased their lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth on Gonzalez's two-out, two-run double into the right field corner, driving in Eddie Rosario, who reached on a fielder's choice, and Sano, who had walked.

Kansas City took advantage of a Sano throwing error on Adalberto Mondesi's grounder to open the eighth to score two unearned runs. Soler followed with a walk and Dozier drove in Mondesi with a single to right but was thrown out at second by Gonzalez as he was trying to stretch it into a double. Gordon then drove in Soler with a groundout.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
Kansas City   Minnesota
Eric Skoglund Player Randy Dobnak
Loss W/L Win
4.0 IP 5.1
0 Strikeouts 5
3 Hits 3
4.50 ERA 1.69
Hitting
Kansas City   Minnesota
Ryan McBroom Player C.J. Cron
3 Hits 1
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
3 TB 1
.750 Avg .333
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Kansas City 7 0 8 .212 17 11 3 3 3 0
Minnesota 5 0 10 .179 7 1 4 3 0 1