Cruz Homers Twice; Twins Beat Royals 4-1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nelson Cruz continued his climb up the all-time leaderboard with two home runs and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1.
Devin Smeltzer (2-0) picked up the win in relief of opener Matt Wisler for Minnesota.
Cruz tied Mark Teixeira for 55th on the all-time home run list.
Rookie Kris Bubic (0-3) surrendered two runs on four hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings for the Royals.
Hunter Dozier homered in the ninth inning to end Minnesota’s shutout bid.
The Twins open a three game series against the Milwaukee Brewers Monday night at Target Field.