KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Minnesota Twins closer Brandon Kintzler was concentrating on Terrance Gore, the Kansas City Royals pinch-runner, not Paulo Orlando, the hitter.After Salvador Perezs pinch-hit RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning pulled the Royals within a run, Gore ran for him. With Orlando, who had four hits to match his career high, at bat, Kintzler picked Gore off first base to preserve the Twins 7-6 victory Thursday night.Gore was initially called safe, but after a 1 minute, 15 second review, the call was reversed to end the game.Kintzler made two throws to first baseman Kennys Vargas and the second one nabbed Gore.I think the game plan was just forget the hitter and try to pick the guy off, Kintzler said. I knew I had him. But, you just never know what the replay is going to say. Ive never ended the game on a pickoff. Maybe when I was a kid.Gore is used almost strictly as a pinch-runner and has 11 steals in 12 attempts this season.He got caught leaning, Royals manager Ned Yost said.Byron Buxton tripled, doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice in the victory.Buxtons one-out double triggered a three-run ninth off Kelvin Herrera (2-6). Robbie Grossman, Miguel Sano and Max Kepler contributed run-scoring singles in the ninth.The Twins won for the first time in 10 games this season at Kauffman Stadium.Michael Tonkin (3-2) was the winner, while Kintzler logged his 16th save in 19 opportunities despite giving up two runs, three hits and a walk.Royals left-hander Danny Duffy was pulled with one out in the seventh, allowing four runs and eight hits, including a solo homer to Vargas in the sixth.The Twins three-run seventh included a two-run triple by Buxton, who scored on Jorge Polancos single.Twins starter Kyle Gibson failed to hold the two-run lead through the bottom of the inning. Jarrod Dyson tripled home Drew Butera and scored on Whit Merrifields single to tie the score.Orlando had two doubles, while Butera had three hits, equaling his career best, including a single to lead off the ninth.Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning.He got sick, Yost said. He was running a little bit of a fever and was down in energy.DOZIER SITSTwins 2B Brian Dozier, who is 1 for 30 after hitting his 42nd home run in his first at-bat on Sept. 22, did not start for the first time since May 24. When you get tired you start trying to muscle the ball and hes been a little more impatient the last couple of days, Twins manager Paul Molitor said. Were down to 12 at-bats if he plays the next three games, roughly. Give up three to try to make the last 12 really good. ... Eduardo Escobar made his first start of the season at second base. He started four games there last season.ONE MORE VICTORYThe Royals need one victory in their final three games to have a winning record for the fourth consecutive year. The last time the Royals accomplished that was 1975-1980, six straight winning seasons.TRAINERS ROOMTwins: 1B Joe Mauer, who is hitless in his past 15 at-bats, missed the three games against the Royals with a quad injury.Royals: RHP Kris Medlen, who is on the 60-day DL with rotator cuff inflammation, said he is shut down until November when he will begin a throwing program. Beyond frustrating, Medlen described his season. He was 1/3 with a 7.77 ERA in six starts.UP NEXTTwins: RHP Tyler Duffey has allowed 198 base runners (161 hits), 31 walks and six hit batters in 131 innings. He will make his final start Friday at the White Sox, who will counter with LHP Carlos Rodon.Royals: RHP Yordano Ventura is 0-1 with 5.40 ERA in two starts this season against the Indians. 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General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch on Friday that he wants to see Gaboriks contributions go beyond the scoresheet before considering a long-term deal for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. ANAHEIM, Calif. -- One of the American Leagues best pitchers last year will make his first start in more than seven weeks when the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels conclude their three-game series Wednesday night at Angel Stadium.Oakland right-hander Sonny Gray, an All-Star last year, will be activated from the disabled list to start for the first time since Aug. 6 and for just the second time since the end of July.The 26-year-old native of Nashville went on the disabled list for the second time this year when he strained his right forearm last month while pitching against the Chicago Cubs. That strain resulted in an inflamed elbow. In May, a strained right trapezius muscle put Gray on the disabled list for two weeks.All told, the right-hander has missed 57 games this season.Last year, Gray finished third in voting for the Cy Young Award after compiling the American Leagues third-best ERA (2.73) while winning 14 games and amassing 183 strikeouts.As manager Bob Melvin, who announced the decision Sunday, said Gray would be on a strict pitch limit and likely would not work more than two innings.Melvin told MLB.com that the purpose for Grays brief outing will be for the left-hander to get on a mound and get after it and know youre healthy going into the offseason, he said. That is really what were looking for.Gray faced hitters in a bullpen session before Saturdays game against the Texas Rangers and said he felt no ill effects.I know in my mind Im fine to pitch next year, Gray told the San Jose Mercury News, and thats whats impportant.ddddddddddddOpposing Gray will be right-hander Alex Meyer, whose past two outings provided a glimpse into the kind of potential that made him a first-round draft choice in 2013.On Sept. 18, Meyer earned his first major-league victory in a 4-0 decision over the Blue Jays. Meyer pitched five shutout innings, amassed a career-high seven strikeouts and scattered two hits and three walks while throwing a fastball that reached 98 mph.That stuff out there was electric, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said afterward. He had great angles, great velocity, and he was spinning the ball well.Then on Friday night against the Houston Astros, Meyer conceded one run, three hits and a walk in his first five innings before loading the bases on an infield single and two walks with one out in the sixth. Though Meyer was charged with four runs, the Angels used a six-run rally in the ninth inning to earn a 10-6 victory.Meyer and fellow right-hander Ricky Nolasco came to Los Angeles at the trading deadline from the Minnesota Twins in a four-player deal for left-hander Hector Santiago. Meyer follows Nolasco in the Angels rotation, so being able to consult with the 11-year veteran has proved valuable, especially since Nolasco and two relievers combined to shut the Astros out Thursday night.I was talking to him about what he did, Meyer told MLB.com. Being able to pitch right behind him has definitely helped. Hes a smart pitcher. 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