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Dozier, Singer lead Royals over Twins 4-2 for 3-game sweep

Kansas City Royals Hunter Dozier hits a two-run single during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium. Photo: AP/Orlin Wagner. Kansas City Royals Hunter Dozier hits a two-run single during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium.

Associated Press
Updated: August 10, 2020 06:33 AM
Created: August 09, 2020 05:53 PM

Hunter Dozier hit a two-run single in his first at-bat since testing positive for COVID-19, prized prospect Brady Singer earned his major league win and the Kansas City Royals swept the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Sunday.

The Royals won their fourth in a row overall. The Twins lost all three at Kauffman Stadium and have dropped four straight.

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Dozier, who hit 26 home runs last year and tied for the big league lead with 10 triples, hadn’t played this season while recovering from the virus. He quickly delivered, putting the Royals ahead 2-0 in the first inning.

Singer (1-1) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. A 24-year-old righty, the Royals’ first-round draft pick in 2018 struck out four and walked two in his fourth start in the majors.

The Kansas City bullpen threw four shutout innings, striking out six and allowing just two hits. After Greg Holland and Josh Staumont blanked the Twins, Scott Barlow closed for his first save.

Jose Berrios (1-2) went 5 1/3 innings giving up four runs. He allowed Maikel Franco’s leadoff homer in the sixth.

A wild pickoff throw by Singer helped the Twins scored twice in the third, keyed by Max Kepler’s RBI double.

Salvador Perez hit a sacrifice fly in the Royala third for a 3-2 lead.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals: OF Franchy Cordero was placed on the IL (right wrist sprain) and Dozier was reinstated.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Randy Dobnak (2-1, 0.60 ERA) takes the mound in Milwaukee on Monday.

Royals: LHP Kris Bubic makes his third start of the season, facing Cincinnati on Tuesday night.


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