Gray strikes out 10, Urshela has 4 hits, Celestino homers and Twins win

Sonny Gray tied his season high with 10 strikeouts and Gio Urshela had four hits as the Minnesota Twins thrashed the Kansas City Royals 9-0 on Tuesday night.

The Dominican Gilberto Celestino had a home run and the Venezuelan Luis Arráez accumulated three hits to increase his batting average to .336, the best in the Major Leagues.

The Twins moved within a game of AL Central-leading Cleveland.

Gray (7-3) left the mound as fans rose to their feet to cheer him after manager Rocco Baldelli decided to take him out in the seventh on hits by Salvador Perez and Vinnie Pasquantino. Gray allowed only one hit in his first six innings.

Caleb Thielbar took Gray’s place with a 3-0 lead, with two men on base and no outs, and kept the shutout intact.

Zack Greinke (4-8) gave up three runs — just one earned — in six innings. Minnesota scored its first two runs in the second inning on an error by third baseman Bobby Witt Jr.

For the Royals, the Venezuelan Salvador Pérez 4-1.

For the Twins, Venezuelans Luis Arráez 5-3 with two runs scored and one RBI, Sandy León 3-0 with one RBI. Puerto Ricans Carlos Correa 4-0 and José Miranda 4-3 with an RBI. Colombian Gio Urshela 5-4 with one run scored and two RBIs. The Dominican Gilberto Celestino 4-1 with two runs scored and one RBI.

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