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Twins 7, Royals 4

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Joe Mauer made manager Ron Gardenhire's idea look like a stroke of genius.

Gardenhire, seeking to boost Minnesota's offense, decided to bat Jacque Jones in the cleanup position Tuesday night, hoping to get Mauer a few more good pitches to look at. All Mauer did was hit a single, double and triple and lead the Twins to a 7-4 victory over Kansas City.

"It was one of those nights I was seeing it well," said Mauer, who scored twice and had two RBI. "Maybe it had something to do with Jacque moving behind me. I had a couple of good at-bats. But tonight it felt good, felt comfortable at the plate."

He had a triple in the first inning, a single in the third and a double in the sixth, all off Jose Lima (5-13). Needing a home run for the cycle, he grounded out in the seventh and bounced hard into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the ninth.

He admitted he did take one home run hack.

"It was a good pitch. I just fouled it back," he said. "But I was just trying to hit the ball hard somewhere. I hit it hard, but both times right at people."

Justin Morneau hit a towering three-run homer off Jimmy Gobble to cap a five-run sixth inning and send the Twins to their 11th victory in 14 games against the Royals this season.

Carlos Silva (9-6) went 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and eight hits and didn't walk a batter. The right-hander has pitched 180 1/3 innings and allowed only six unintentional walks, tops in the majors. His ERA dropped to 3.37.

Kansas City again hurt itself with fundamental mistakes, two on the base paths.

"Some of the things we do fundamentally, just the intangibles, it's just incredible at this level," manager Buddy Bell said. "I have a hard time watching it sometimes. There's no question we have people on this team who are going to be here when we're good. But right now there's a lot of things they need to learn."

Morneau, who came in on a 2-for-21 slide, hit a 3-2 pitch from Gobble an estimated 423 feet.

Lima, trying for his first two-game winning streak of the season, went 5 1/3 innings and gave up six runs and seven hits.

"Mauer was the guy who hurt me," Lima said. "He's a good hitter and right now he's seeing the ball like it's a big trash can."

The Royals had hit only four home runs in their last 14 games but got their first two runs on solo shots. John Buck led off the third with his eighth homer and Matt Stairs homered with two outs in the fourth.

Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his 34th save, but the game ended when Terrence Long hit a drive to the warning track in right with two runners on.

"I hate to think where that ball would have been in the Metrodome," Gardenhire said.

In the seventh, Silva hit Buck with a pitch and gave up a single to Joe McEwing. Former Twin Denny Hocking grounded a two-out, two-run single up the middle to make it 7-4.

Nick Punto reached on a fielder's choice in the first and scored on the triple by Mauer, who scored on Lew Ford's double.

Mauer had an RBI double in the sixth and then scored on Jones' single. Ford was hit with a pinch, then with two outs Gobble came in and served up Morneau's 18th homer.

Minnesota's Matthew LeCroy singled in the eighth to break an 0-for-17 skid.

Notes

The Royals recalled OF Matt Diaz from Triple-A Omaha and optioned RHP Jonah Bayliss to Double-A Wichita. Diaz hit .250 in two earlier stints this year with KC. ... Royals CF David DeJesus, who made a spectacular catch but injured his shoulder Sunday in New York, missed his second straight game. ... Twins OF Shannon Stewart took batting practice Tuesday for the first time since he strained his left shoulder banging into a wall last Tuesday. He is expected back either Wednesday or Thursday. ... The Royals, who had a 19-game losing streak, are 4-21 in August.

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

J. Mauer
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Kansas City

M. Stairs
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Minnesota Twins
Michael Ryan, LF4010010 .242
Nick Punto, 2B3210201 .241
Joe Mauer, C5232001 .302
Jacque Jones, RF4111012 .255
Lew Ford, CF3111000 .260
Matthew LeCroy, DH4010003 .261
Justin Morneau, 1B4113001 .237
Michael Cuddyer, 3B4010010 .253
Jason Bartlett, SS4010010 .268
Totals357117248 
Batting
2B - Michael Ryan (5, Lima), Joe Mauer (25, Lima), Lew Ford (26, Lima)
3B - Joe Mauer (2, Lima)
HR - Justin Morneau (18, Gobble)
SH - Michael Ryan (3)
RBI - Joe Mauer 2 (52), Jacque Jones (61), Lew Ford (48), Justin Morneau 3 (64)
2-OUT RBI - Lew Ford (33)
SB - Jacque Jones (10, 3rd base off Gobble/Buck), Lew Ford (11, 2nd base off Gobble/Buck)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Punto-Bartlett-Morneau
E - Jacque Jones (3, Misplayed grounder), Joe Mauer (5, Missed catch)
Minnesota Twins
Carlos Silva (W,9-6) 6.2844022 3.34
J.C. Romero (H,11) 0.1000010 2.79
Jesse Crain (H,11) 1200000 2.51
Joe Nathan (S,34) 1100120 2.31
HBP - Buck (by Carlos Silva)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 108-76, J.C. Romero 6-3, Jesse Crain 6-4, Joe Nathan 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 12-6, Jesse Crain 2-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 29, J.C. Romero 1, Jesse Crain 4, Joe Nathan 5
Kansas City Royals
Aaron Guiel, CF5000022 .111
Denny Hocking, 2B5012024 .222
Terrence Long, LF5000013 .272
Emil Brown, RF4020000 .283
Matt Stairs, DH4121001 .267
Angel Berroa, SS4010001 .260
Mark Teahen, 3B4010002 .232
John Buck, C2211101 .222
Joe McEwing, 1B4130000 .250
Totals3741141514 
Batting
2B - Emil Brown 2 (27, Silva, Crain)
HR - Matt Stairs (12, Silva), John Buck (8, Silva)
RBI - Denny Hocking 2 (3), Matt Stairs (51), John Buck (32)
2-OUT RBI - Denny Hocking 2 (2), Matt Stairs (20)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Hocking-Berroa-McEwing, Hocking-Berroa-McEwing
E - Aaron Guiel (1, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Jose Lima (L,5-13) 5.1766110 6.56
Jimmy Gobble 3411131 6.42
Ambiorix Burgos 0.2000000 3.42
HBP - Ford (by Jose Lima)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Lima 87-53, Jimmy Gobble 53-36, Ambiorix Burgos 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Lima 5-9, Jimmy Gobble 2-4, Ambiorix Burgos 1-0
Batters Faced - Jose Lima 24, Jimmy Gobble 14, Ambiorix Burgos 1
Game Information
Attendance - 13819
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Angel A. Hernandez, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Greg Gibson