Morales homers twice, Royals score 7 in 9th to beat Twins

Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki, left, chases the wide throw from left as Kansas City Royals pinch-runner Terrence Gore scores on a single by Alcides Escobar during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kendrys Morales had two home runs, including a three-run blast in Kansas City's seven-run ninth inning that propelled the Royals to a 10-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

Morales hit a two-run shot in the first inning to help the Royals overcome the loss of catcher Salvador Perez, who left the game with a right wrist contusion after he was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning.

Brian Dozier hit his 39th home run of the season for the Twins, moving him into a tie with Rogers Hornsby (twice) and Alfonso Soriano for fourth-most home runs by a second baseman in a season. He has homered in five straight games, tying Harmon Killebrew and Marty Cordova for the longest streak in Twins history.

Former Twin Drew Butera's bases loaded single off Brandon Kintzler (0-2) broke a 3-3 tie and got the Royals rolling in the ninth.