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Kansas City at Minnesota
When: 2:10 PM ET, Sunday, June 16, 2019
Where: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota

With their third straight series win already locked up, the Minnesota Twins attempt to complete a sweep when they host the Kansas City Royals on Sunday for the finale of their three-game set. Minnesota overcame a three-run deficit Saturday and posted a 5-4 victory to improve to 4-1 on its nine-game homestand.

Marwin Gonzalez highlighted a three-run fifth inning with a two-run homer and C.J. Cron snapped a 4-4 tie a frame later with an RBI double as the Twins recorded their 10th win in their last 12 at home. Mitch Garver failed to drive in a run Saturday, ending his five-game streak, but enters the series finale with hits in six consecutive contests. Ehire Adrianza on Saturday was unable to register a fourth straight multi-hit performance, going 0-for-2, but drew a walk to extend his on-base streak to 19 games. Kansas City suffered its 10th loss in 13 games as Whit Merrifield, who has hit safely in nine of his last 10 contests, went 4-for-5 with a homer for the second time this season (May 7 at Houston).

TV: 2:10 p.m. ET, FS Kansas City, FS North (Minnesota)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals RH Jakob Junis (4-6, 5.35 ERA) vs. Twins LH Martin Perez (7-2, 3.97)

Junis is coming off a no-decision against Detroit on Tuesday in which he allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings. It was the first walk-free outing for the 26-year-old native of Illinois, who has won one of his last seven turns. Junis has yet to defeat Minnesota in his career, going 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts.

Perez is in the midst of his first rough patch of the season as he has gone 0-1 while surrendering 15 runs - 12 earned - on 18 hits and seven walks over 12 1/3 innings in his last three starts. The 28-year-old Venezuelan escaped with a no-decision against Seattle on Tuesday after yielding four runs on six hits and three walks in five frames. Perez has made three career starts versus Kansas City, going 1-0 while giving up five runs in 19 2/3 innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Twins OF Byron Buxton (wrist) was kept out of the starting lineup Saturday but was available to pinch run and play defense.

2. Merrifield has gone 9-for-22 during his five-game hitting streak.

3. Kansas City OF Jorge Soler went 2-for-4 with a homer Saturday, giving him hits in five of his last six games - a span during which he has recorded three two-hit performances.

PREDICTION: Twins 6, Royals 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Kansas City 22-48 L2 14-23 8-25 5-12 10-18 5-15 2-3
Minnesota 47-22 W3 23-10 24-12 14-6 16-6 14-6 3-4
Last Meeting
Kansas City Minnesota
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/15/19 KC 4 MIN 5 .222 2 .664 .226 2 .778
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Kansas City A. Mondesi .429 6 1.324
Minnesota M. Kepler .357 5 1.098
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Kansas City W. Merrifield 1 4 2
Minnesota M. Garver 1 4 4
Pitching ERA Avg K
Kansas City 4.63 .212 30
Minnesota 3.16 .258 28
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Kansas City W. Merrifield .302 88 .845
Minnesota J. Polanco .333 89 .954
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Kansas City J. Soler 18 34 49
Minnesota E. Rosario 19 47 52
Pitching ERA Avg K
Kansas City 5.06 .242 536
Minnesota 3.95 .273 599