By Mark Schnabel
MINNEAPOLIS — Salvador Perez went four for five hitting with two home runs, driving in four runs, to lift the Kansas City Royals to an 8-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.
Kansas City jumped out 3-0 after four innings, adding three runs in the eighth and two in the ninth.
Billy Butler went two for five hitting with a home run and two RBIs. Alex Gordon went two for five with an RBI. Jarrod Dyson went two for four hitting.
Danny Duffy, 2-0, pitched 6 2-3 innings shutout innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven.
Justin Morneau hit a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth for the Twins, his 16th of the season.
Andrew Albers took the loss for the Twins, falling to 2-1. Albers went seven innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts.
The finale of the three-game series is today.
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Duffy (W, 2-0), Hochevar 7, Crow 9 and Perez; Albers (L, 3-2), Fien 8, Duensing 8, Swarzak 9 and Herrman. HR — KC: Gordon (15), Perez 2 (8, 9). M: Morneau (16). Time — 2:55. Attendance — 27,379.