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Cain leads Royals past Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Lorenzo Cain had four hits and knocked in a pair of runs to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Target Field.

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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez pitches to the Minnesota Twins in the first inning on Tuesday at Target Field. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn / USA TODAY Sports)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Lorenzo Cain had four hits and knocked in a pair of runs to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Target Field.

Cain is the second Royal in as many nights to tie or surpass his career high in hits; Salvador Perez had five hits in Monday's 10-4 victory.

Perez had two more hits on Tuesday and also had two RBIs as the Royals defeated the Twinsfor the fifth time this season and ninth-straight time dating to last season.

Edinson Volquez was solid over 6 2/3 innings to earn the win, allowing four runs -- two earned -- on six hits and three walks while striking out six.

The Twins loaded the bases with nobody out against Royals closer Wade Davis in the ninth, but he got Eduardo Nunez and Joe Mauer to strikeout before Miguel Sano's lineout to center field. The save was Davis' 12th of the season.

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Eduardo Escobar had three hits and Oswaldo Arcia had a double and scored two runs for Minnesota.

Ervin Santana took the loss, giving up six runs and not getting through the fourth inning. TheTwins remain the only team in the major leagues without a starter with at least two victories.

After Kendrys Morales led off the second inning, Perez got the Royals on the board, hammering a Santana fastball over the left-field fence for his seventh homer and a quick 2-0 lead.

The Twins got one run back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Eduardo Escobar but the Royals got a leadoff double by Whit Merrifield and a single by Lorenzo Cain to start the third. Merrifield scored on a double-play grounder by Eric Hosmer.

Paulo Orlando got aboard with a one-out double in the fourth and scored two batters later on a wild pitch. Cain added an RBI single later in the inning for a 6-1 lead, ending Santana's night.

The right-hander pitched just 3 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out four.

Minnesota got back within three in the bottom of the fourth, scoring a pair of unearned runs off Volquez. Robbie Grossman started the rally with a two-out walk before Volquez hit Oswaldo Arcia with a pitch. Eduardo Escobar followed with a sharp single to right that was misplayed by Orlando, allowing both Grossman and Arcia to score.

Three-straight Twins reached against Volquez to start the fifth inning, with Joe Mauer plating a run with an RBI single to left to make it 6-4.

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Molitor sticks up for Sano on leadoff triple pursuit

MINNEAPOLIS -- Many Twins fans on social media seemed irate with Miguel Sano for the way he pursued Salvador Perez’s leadoff triple in the seventh inning of Monday’s 10-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

Twins manager Paul Molitor was more understanding.

“He’s not a lazy player,” Molitor said Tuesday. “I was thinking last night, you watch guys who run pop ups out and ground balls and give you an effort every day, it’s been really good that way (with Sano). I think it was more a mental lapse than giving up on a play or disappointment or anything like that.”

Sano was allowed to complete the game, working a two-out walk in the ninth and running hard to second base on the game-ending forceout. Molitor relayed his thoughts through first-base coach Butch Davis, but as of Tuesday afternoon there had been no manager-player powwow.

“Obviously we’ll make sure we don’t let those things happen,” Molitor said. “If everyone does a little better job … Miguel not sprinting after that ball (might not be) larger than it should be.”

Perez’s line shot struck the wall in right and rolled halfway back to the infield before second baseman Eduardo Nunez was able to retrieve it. By then, it was too late to stop Perez, on his way to a career-best 5-for-5 night.

As for Sano’s effort at the wall, Molitor suggested that was more about outfield inexperience.

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“I think we all hope he’ll get to a point where he feels comfortable trying to make an effort to catch that ball,” Molitor said. “I think he shies away because of maybe a lack of feel of exactly where he is in relation to the wall. That’s not hugely problematic except for the fact he needs to improve.”

Of the 42 right fielders with at least 50 innings on defense this season, Sano is tied for 38th with minus-7 defensive runs saved. Only Milwaukee’s Domingo Santana and Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce rank lower than Sano, in his first year as an outfielder after moving from third base.

Adam Eaton of the Chicago White Sox ranks first at plus-15 DRS. Ex-Twin Aaron Hicks, now with the New York Yankees, is 11th at plus-2.

Dylan and the Twins

Bob Dylan might have been at the peak of his musical powers in the mid-1970s, just as Twins third-base coach Gene Glynn was growing up in Waseca and later attending college at Minnesota State.

On the occasion of Dylan’s 75th birthday Tuesday, Glynn was among those in the Twins clubhouse reflecting on the singer-songwriter’s remarkable career.

“There’s a big music connection in Waseca, and Bob Dylan was always a guy people talked about,” Glynn said of the Duluth native and Hibbing product. “His influence surrounded us because he was a Minnesota person. He was a little bit older than we were, but it’s just that heartfelt feeling of another person that’s local. There’s a connection, even though you don’t know him.”

Glynn has never seen Dylan play live. Nor, surprisingly, has Twins manager (and St. Paul native) Molitor, whose buddy Bruce Springsteen spent the early part of his career paying homage to Dylan and his lyrically dense style.

Twins TV play-by-play broadcaster Dick Bremer once retained a handyman splitting time between his job and another at Dylan’s home in the west metro, but no other Twins with local ties seemed to have any Dylan stories.

“I wish I did,” Twins first baseman Joe Mauer said. “I respect the heck out of him, but I don’t really know all his stuff. I know I would like it. I’ve heard a few things.”

Twins closer Glen Perkins, who grew up in Stillwater, respects Dylan greatly but isn’t much of a music person anyway. Third baseman Trevor Plouffe is a big fan of Led Zeppelin, also at their peak in the ’70s, but Dylan has never taken root in his music collection.

“I enjoy him; I respect him,” Plouffe said. “I know he has influenced a lot of the bands I like, but I’ve never seen him, never put him on and let him ride.”

Briefly

Triple-A Rochester outfielder Max Kepler, the Twins’ top position prospect, was placed on the disabled list with a strained left groin. Kepler is hitting .275 with six triples and a .361 on-base percentage in 102 at-bats for the Red Wings.

Right-hander Brandon Kintzler and left-hander Fernando Abad would probably share eighth-inning setup duties, Molitor said, should the Twins have the need to preserve a late-inning lead. Kevin Jepsen remains the Twins’ closer despite a 5.89 earned-run average and just three saves.

Slumping second baseman Brian Dozier was out of the lineup for a second consecutive game. Dozier took early batting practice with hitting coach Tom Brunansky and appeared to be working on more of a whole-field approach.

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