Twins take opener from Royals 6-5 with strong start from Ryan and homers by Miranda and Larnach

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Ryan pitched seven smooth innings for the Minnesota Twins, who got a two-run homer by Jose Miranda and a three-run shot from Trevor Larnach and hung on to beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5 in the opener of a four-game series. Ryan allowed one run and four singles while lowering his team-leading ERA to 2.96. The right-hander struck out nine and walked none. Jhoan Duran got the final out of a four-run ninth by getting Royals star Bobby Witt Jr. to bounce back to the mound. The Twins are 5-1 after a seven-game losing streak.