KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pinch-hitter Miguel Sano homered with two outs in the 12th inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Sano was stuck in an 0-for-14 slump that included 11 strikeouts when he stepped to the plate against Franklin Morales (3-2), the Royals' sixth reliever of the night. Sano worked a full count before sending a soaring shot over the bullpen in left field.

Blaine Boyer (3-4) pitched 1 2-3 innings of relief for Minnesota, and Kevin Jepsen got three outs for his 12th save while Glen Perkins sat out again with a back injury.

Perkins received a second cortisone shot Wednesday and was still unavailable.

The Twins have the day off today before spending the weekend in Chicago.  Ervin Santana will pitch against the White Sox in Friday's game.  6:30 pre-game on KROC AM.