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Meche ends two-month drought, helps Royals snap 7-game skid

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals aren't going to lose 100 games this season, and manager Buddy Bell isn't surprised at all.

Gil Meche won for the first time in almost two months, David DeJesus and Mark Teahen homered, and the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Wednesday to snap a seven-game losing streak.

It also was Kansas City's 63rd win of the season, ensuring it won't have triple-digit losses for the first time in four years.

"I knew that question would come up," a grimacing Bell said when asked about avoiding another 100-loss year. "I never thought that this team would lose 100. I don't really think it's that big of a deal. I always believed from the very beginning that wasn't going to be the case."

Meche (8-12) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, earning his first win since he beat Detroit on July 20. He was 0-6 with three no-decisions in his previous nine starts.

"I've been pitching well, so I could kind of swallow it a little bit easier," said Meche, who struck out seven and walked one.

"It's just been a bad-luck season. I haven't had good run support. I'm not going to look at the guys any different."

Meche, whose 3.82 ERA is eighth best in the AL, said turning the 100-loss corner is just another sign the Royals are headed in the right direction. Between seven-game losing skids in May and September, the Royals were 43-40.

"We just have a lot of good things going with this team for the future," Meche said. "I think it's going to be an exciting offseason to see what moves we make. I think we're getting close."

DeJesus hit an RBI triple off Carlos Silva in the second inning and added a two-run homer in the sixth off Kevin Slowey, giving him a career-best 57 RBI for the year.

Silva (11-14) lasted just two innings before departing with a pulled right groin. He allowed three runs and five hits in his shortest outing of the season.

Manager Ron Gardenhire came out to the mound to talk with Silva in the second and lifted right-hander before the third.

"He's day to day," Gardenhire said. "I'm not sure about his next start. We'll just have to wait and see how everything goes and where he's at when it comes up."

Teahen had a single, double and solo homer for Kansas City.

Meche retired the first nine batters he faced before Jason Tyner led off the fourth with a double. Meche then retired five straight before Michael Cuddyer dumped a single into short center.

"Once we got four runs, I felt great," he said. "The first three or four innings went smooth as they could have. Every time I got a 3-2 count, I was able to throw different pitches other than my fastball to get some good punchouts and get some guys off balance."

Billy Butler's RBI single and Ross Gload's sacrifice fly gave the Royals a 2-0 lead in the first, and DeJesus made it 3-0 with a run-scoring triple in the second.

Teahen went deep leading off the third. In the sixth, John Buck singled and DeJesus connected for his seventh homer.

Alex Gordon hit his 34th double in the seventh, establishing a Royals rookie record.

"I know one thing," Bell said. "It's not very much fun to lose 100. I can tell you that."

Notes

  • Kevin Seitzer and Mark Quinn had shared the Royals record for doubles by a rookie.
  • DeJesus had driven in 56 runs in both 2005 and '06.
  • Kansas City went 83-79 in 2003.
 
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Mark Teahen and David DeJesus (9) each homer for the Royals, who are ensured of not losing 100.  (AP)
Mark Teahen and David DeJesus (9) each homer for the Royals, who are ensured of not losing 100. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

D. DeJesus
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Kansas City

M. Teahen
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Minnesota Twins
Jason Tyner, CF4010000 .294
Jason Bartlett, SS4000011 .273
Jason Kubel, LF4110021 .268
Torii Hunter, DH4111021 .291
Justin Morneau, 1B2000000 .281
   a- Matt LeCroy, PH-1B2110001 .500
Michael Cuddyer, RF4010001 .274
Chris Heintz, C3011011 .227
   b- Brian Buscher, PH1011000 .294
Nick Punto, 3B-2B2000111 .198
   c- Rondell White, PH1000001 .152
Alexi Casilla, 2B2000020 .247
   d- Garrett Jones, PH1000002 .170
    Luis Rodriguez, 3B0000000 .216
Totals3437319  
a-grounded out for Morneau in the 7th
b-singled for Heintz in the 9th
c-flied out for Punto in the 9th
d-grounded out for Casilla in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jason Tyner (14, Meche), Jason Kubel (28, Meche), Torii Hunter (41, Meche)
RBI - Torii Hunter (101), Chris Heintz (7), Brian Buscher (5)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Heintz (4), Brian Buscher (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Jason Bartlett (25, Throwing), Jason Kubel (2, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
Carlos Silva (L,11-14) 2533020 4.44
Kevin Slowey 3.1633242 5.44
Julio DePaula 0.2000000 10.13
Glen Perkins 1100020 3.65
Carmen Cali 1000010 4.79
WP - Kevin Slowey (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 45-30, Kevin Slowey 65-41, Julio DePaula 6-4, Glen Perkins 17-11, Carmen Cali 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 2-2, Kevin Slowey 3-4, Carmen Cali 2-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 11, Kevin Slowey 19, Julio DePaula 2, Glen Perkins 4, Carmen Cali 3
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF5123000 .268
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B5110001 .300
Mark Teahen, RF4231110 .289
Billy Butler, DH4011012 .295
Ross Gload, 1B3011001 .297
Alex Gordon, 3B4010023 .258
Emil Brown, LF4120001 .250
Jason Smith, SS2000122 .198
   a- Esteban German, PH1000011 .267
    Tony Pena, SS0000000 .256
John Buck, C4110025 .234
Totals36612629  
a-struck out for Smith in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mark Teahen (27, Silva), Alex Gordon (34, Perkins)
3B - David DeJesus (7, Silva)
HR - David DeJesus (7, Slowey), Mark Teahen (7, Slowey)
SF - Ross Gload (6)
RBI - David DeJesus 3 (57), Mark Teahen (56), Billy Butler (46), Ross Gload (48)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus (25)
Team LOB - 9
Kansas City Royals
Gil Meche (W,8-12) 6.2522170 3.78
David Riske (H,15) 1.1000010 2.18
Joakim Soria 1211010 2.63
Pitches-Strikes - Gil Meche 102-71, David Riske 18-14, Joakim Soria 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gil Meche 6-7, David Riske 3-0, Joakim Soria 1-1
Batters Faced - Gil Meche 26, David Riske 4, Joakim Soria 5
Game Information
Attendance - 10102
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Larry Poncino