Catcher Salvador Perez followed by ripping a 2-1 fastball off Twins right-hander Alan Busenitz into the left-field seats, a two-run shot that put the Royals up, 3-2. It was Perez's 25th home run, and he became one of nine Royals all-time to record back-to-back seasons with 25 or more home runs.
"It was fastball over the plate," Perez said. "I think he tried to go up. Missed right in the middle. I took a pretty good swing.
"The first two or three guys pitched really good against us. They didn't miss too much. But it's not how we start; it's how we finish. Especially in that inning."
"He continues to improve as a power hitter," Royals manager Ned Yost said of Perez. "He gets better every year. That was a huge hit for us to give us the lead."
The Royals weren't finished. Jorge Bonifacio followed with a liner into the left-field bullpen -- his third home run this season -- and the Royals went up, 4-2. It was the fifth time the Royals have gone back-to-back this season.