MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Alcides Escobar tied a career high with four RBIs on two doubles and Salvador Perez homered to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

Danny Duffy gave up one run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings and Mike Moustakas had two hits for the Royals. Kansas City has won three of four and is off to its best start since 2003.

Yohan Pino gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings for the Twins. Eduardo Nunez had two hits and an RBI in his return from the disabled list for Minnesota, which has lost six of its last seven games to drop into last place in the AL Central.

The Royals entered the night 3 1/2 games behind Detroit in the division and 1 1/2 games out of the AL wild card.

Twins activate Plouffe, Nunez from disabled list

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have reinstated third baseman Trevor Plouffe and utilityman Eduardo Nunez from the disabled list.

The moves were made before Monday's game against Kansas City. To make room on the roster, shortstops Pedro Florimon and Jorge Polanco were sent to the minors — Florimon to Triple-A Rochester and Polanco to Class A Fort Myers.

Plouffe and Nunez each missed 14 games after their injuries June 14 at Detroit. Plouffe hurt his rib cage and Nunez strained his right hamstring. Nunez played in four games on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester.

Florimon went 0 for 11 in eight games since he was called up, dropping his career average to .204 in 624 major league at-bats.

Polanco went 2 for 5 over four games after making his major league debut.

American League
Detroit 5, Oakland 4
Baltimore 7, Texas 1
Seattle 10, Houston 4
Tampa Bay 4, New York Yankees 3 (12 innings)
Angels of Anaheim at Chicago White Sox, postponed

National League
Washington 7, Colorado 3
Atlanta 5, New York Mets 3
San Diego 1, Cincinnati 0

Interleague
Chicago Cubs 2, Boston 0
Los Angeles 1, Cleveland 0