Cueto, Royals secure home-field with 6-1 win over Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Salvador Perez added to his career-best home run total, Johnny Cueto tossed five solid innings and the Kansas City Royals secured home-field advantage throughout the postseason by beating the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Sunday.
Perez hit his 21st homer in the third inning, one behind Kendrys Morales and Mike Moustakas for the team lead.
Cueto (4-7 with Royals, 11-13 overall) allowed one run over five innings, helping the Royals finish on a five-game winning streak.
The right-hander, whose transition to the AL since a trade from Cincinnati has hardly been smooth, surrendered six hits and four walks. Cueto struck out the last two batters to leave the bases loaded in the fourth after giving up an RBI single to Danny Santana.
The defending AL champion Royals (95-67) posted their best regular-season record since the 1980 team went 97-65.
Ricky Nolasco (5-2) started for the Twins for the first time since May 31 and lasted only 2 2-3 innings.