Royals eliminated from postseason despite beating Twins

Kansas City Royals' Jarrod Dyson (1) beats the tag by Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. Dyson was safe on the play with a stolen base. The Royals defeated the Twins 5-2. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The World Series champions have failed to make the postseason for the third year in a row.

Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon keyed an eighth-inning rally and Kansas City beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Wednesday night, but the Royals were still knocked out of playoff contention.

The defending World Series champs were eliminated when Baltimore beat Toronto 3-2.

Morales’ ground-rule double to right scored Jarrod Dyson, who had doubled and stole third. Gordon’s single scored Whit Merrifield and pinch-runner Billy Burns.

Taylor Rogers (3-1), the fourth of five Twins pitchers, took the loss after allowing three runs, three hits and two walks while retiring only one of the six batters he faced.

Joakim Soria (5-8) worked a scoreless eighth to pick up the victory. Wade Davis got his 27th save in 30 chances.

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