KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals found an opponent to play as bad as them.
It was also the most hits the Royals allowed without giving up a run.
"That's something we do -- 13 hits and not score," Kansas City outfielder Terrence Long said
The Twins' previous record for hits in a shutout was 12 in a 1-0 loss to the California Angels in 1975. The Royals shut out opponents on 10 hits four times.
Minnesota had runners at second and third with one out in the ninth but pinch runner Brent Abernathy was thrown out at third after Mike MacDougal's pitch to Michael Ryan sailed to the backstop. Abernathy started to come home, then changed his mind and tried to get back to third but catcher Paul Phillips' throw beat him.
"If he knew it was going to bounce right back to the catcher, he'd have a crystal ball," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They threw a ball away and it still worked out for them today."
Ryan then took a called third strike. It was the second straight game every Twins starter hit safely.
"When you have 13 hits and you've got no runs, there's not many explanations for it," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We were all over the basepaths. They even throw a wild pitch and it bounces right back to the catcher.
"I've seen some of the things they've had to endure and I'm sure they feel they finally got a good break, and they did."
Hocking singled off Matt Guerrier (0-3) leading off the ninth, and reached second when third baseman Terry Tiffee misplayed a grounder by Chip Ambres. Terry Mulholland relieved and struck out Matt Stairs, before Brown grounded a single just inside the bag at third.
MacDougal (3-4) pitched the ninth for the win, and the Royals, who had a 19-game losing streak earlier this month, ended a five-game skid.
"This one's tough," said outfielder Jacque Jones, who was involved in three double plays. "I take a lot of blame."
The Twins' play was reminiscent of the way the Royals have stumbled around all season while compiling a major league-worst 43-88 record. Their five wins in August were one better than the team-record low for any month.
"I've been here three months and I've seen just about everything I needed to see," said Royals manager Buddy Bell.
Royals starter Mike Wood gave up eight hits and two walks in six innings but kept the Twins scoreless with the help of double plays in the first, second and fourth.
With runners at first and second and one out in the fourth, Tiffee grounded to first baseman Joe McEwing. He threw to second for the force out there, but the throw back to first to get Tiffee was late. Jones, who had singled leading off the inning, tried to score from second but was cut thrown out at home by Wood, who had covered first.
"You've got a pitcher covering first base. They throw high -- everything's perfect," said Gardenhire. "Their pitcher was aware. Wood did a great job there. Most pitchers would catch the ball and start arguing with the umpire. He was very aware. He turned around looked home. He did a great job on that play."
Wood turned the play after getting a late start off the mound.
"I realized (Tiffe) was going to be safe so I just came off, got it and threw home," he said. "I used to be a shortstop, so I know what's going on when it's going on. I had it in my mind it might happen. I saw him go and (Phillips) made a great tag. I thought, 'Whew! Got out of that one."'
The Twins also had two runners on base with one out in the first and second innings but Jones and Mike Redmond each rolled into double plays. Jones also bounced into a double play in the eighth.
- 1B Mike Sweeney missed his third straight game with pain in his lower back. Bell said it is not believed as serious as the upper back pain which has sidelined Sweeney for long periods before.
- Twins 2B Nick Punto made an outstanding play in the first, diving to his right to stop Long's hard-hit grounder and then throwing him out from his knees.
- Ryan's single in the seventh stretched his hitting streak to a career-high seven games.