MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sonny Gray matched his season high with 10 strikeouts and Gio Urshela had four hits as the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 9-0.
Gilberto Celestino homered and Luis Arraez picked up three more hits to raise his MLB-best batting average to .336.
Gray exited to a standing ovation when manager Rocco Baldelli pulled him in the seventh after hits by Salvador Perez and Vinnie Pasquantino. Gray had allowed just one hit through six innings.
Baldelli talks about Gray’s outing:
Gray talks about his opportunity to go deep into the game:
The Twins moved within a game of AL Central-leading Cleveland. Series with Kansas City wraps at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday on 950 KWAT.