ROYALS 5, TWINS 4
Jorge Soler locked up the AL home run crown with his 48th homer, Brett Phillips drove a game-ending sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and Kansas City beat Minnesota in manager Ned Yost’s final game. The Twins now get ready for Friday’s opening game of the ALDS against the Yankees in New York.
Phillips’ first career walk-off RBI gave Yost a celebratory send-off on the final day of the regular season. Yost finished 746-839 over 10 seasons leading Kansas City.
Soler connected in the first inning and broke a tie with Rafael Palmeiro for most home runs in a season by a Cuban-born player. The 27-year-old Soler’s previous career high was 12.
Ian Kennedy (3-2) pitched a scoreless ninth before the Royals rallied against rookie Brusdar Graterol (1-1).
The AL Central-winning Twins scored three runs in the first on back-to-back home runs by C.J. Cron -a two-run shot – and Jake Cave.
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