Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco hit homers and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 Sunday of their ultimate recreation of the season.

Royals star Salvador Perez went 0 for two with a stroll and completed in a tie with Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the massive league residence run lead with 48. Perez wound up matching the workforce document for residence runs set by Jorge Soler in 2019.

“It was a lot of hard work and I thank God for this season,” Perez stated. “To end the season this way was good and I think we’ll only get better.”

Perez topped the majors with 121 RBIs.

Buxton hit his nineteenth homer off the left area foul pole to increase the Twins result in 7-3 within the fifth inning. He missed over 40% of the season attributable to an indirect pressure.

The Twins obtained to rookie Jackson Kowar (0-6) by scoring 5 runs within the first inning, three on Polanco’s homer. Polanco’s 98 RBIs this season are essentially the most in Minnesota historical past by a switch-hitter.

“They played until the very end and gave us exactly what we saw all year,” Twins supervisor Rocco Baldelli stated. “They took over the game and a huge part of winning this game and the organization. It’s great to see them finish strong.”

Twins starter Charlie Barnes went 2 2/3 innings and gave up two runs and 7 hits. Nick Vincent (1-0) obtained the win after throwing two scoreless innings.

“We won the last game and I’m happy for that,” stated Luis Arraez, who had three hits and scored twice for Minnesota. “I’m excited for next season. I think we have a good team, but we play hard and won a lot of games. We need to play baseball and that’s it.”

Kansas City scored 3 times within the third, getting three infield hits within the inning, however trailed 5-3. Nicky Lopez hit a single within the inning and was then pulled from the sport, changing into the primary shortstop in Royals historical past to hit .300 in a season.

“I think we improved, but it’s all lip service right now,” Royals supervisor Mike Matheny stated. “Put your work gloves on and let’s take the next step.”

The Twins ended the season at 73-89 and in final place within the AL Central after successful the division the earlier two years. The Royals, who have been 16-9 in early May, completed at 74-88.


The Twins and Royals open the 2022 spring coaching schedule on Feb. 26.