Twins avoid sweep, beat Royals in the 9th

Minnesota Twins' Kennys Vargas (19) is congratulated by Max Kepler after his solo home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Byron Buxton tripled, doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-6 on Thursday night.

After Salvador Perez’s pinch-hit RBI single with two outs in the ninth pulled the Royals within a run, Terrance Gore ran for him. With Paulo Orlando, who had four hits to match his career high, hitting, Brandon Kintzler picked Gore off first base.

Gore was initially called safe, but after a 1 minute, 15 second review, the call was reversed to end the game.

Buxton’s one-out double triggered a three-run ninth off Kelvin Herrera (2-6). Robbie Grossman, Miguel Sano and Max Kepler contributed run-scoring singles in the ninth.

The Twins won for the first time in 10 games this season at Kauffman Stadium.

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