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Minnesota at Kansas City

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Minnesota (92-65)000010000151
Kansas City (65-92) «32102020x10101

Royals 10, Twins 1

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kila Ka'aihue had yet to show his power potential for the Royals.

The first two innings agaist Minnesota changed all that.

Ka'aihue hit two home runs and drove in a career-high four runs to lead Kansas City to a 10-1 victory over the Twins Tuesday night.

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"That's what he is capable of doing," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "When he steps into that box he's going to make opposing pitchers a bit nervous."

The Twins have dropped a season-high five straight since clinching the AL Central title on Sept. 21.

"I don't think there's a whole lot of panic in here," Twins starter Nick Blackburn said. "I think we'll be fine. This team's a pretty good, calm group. I'm really not concerned about what happened tonight. I'm not happy about it, but I'm really not concerned about it. As long as I'm sharp next outing and take some confidence into it I'll be fine."

Ka'aihue hit a three-run homer in the first off Blackburn (10-11), then led off the second with his seventh home run of the season. It was his first career multihomer game.

He almost had a third one in the seventh, sending a drive off the right-field bullpen fence for his first big league triple.

"It was a crazy night," Ka'aihue said. "It was just one of those nights, a real good night. "I think when I first got here, I was trying to do things I wasn't capable of doing. Now I'm just trying to play my style of baseball. Ned had been talking to me about it and encouraging me. Hopefully, this continues."

Sean O'Sullivan (4-6) held the Twins to one run on five hits and six walks in six-plus innings.

Blackburn gave up eight runs on eight hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings. He also balked home Mike Aviles, who led off the fifth with a triple for his third hit.

"I couldn't execute my pitches and locate," Blackburn said. "It was the worst I've had in a long time. I came in and watched some film and the mechanics were pretty good. I was missing spots and just wasn't getting my pitches where I wanted them to."

He singled, doubled before that, so in his final at-bat in the sixth, he was swinging for a home run to complete the cycle.

"Of course. Why not, right?" Aviles said. "We're up a bunch of runs, might as well try. [Glen] Perkins threw me some nasty pitches. I didn't do a good job of being selective. That was one time when I was just trying to hit a homer and that was probably the reason I popped up to short."

The Twins have allowed 46 runs in the five-game skid, the most in any five-game stretch since they gave up 52 June 14-18, 2003.

"It's kind of a return to the same story from last night," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We didn't pitch well. These guys are swinging the bats well. We're getting beaten around. They're having fun at our expense. It's not much fun for us. We have to weather the storm."

Notes

Ka'aihue also scored four runs, matching David DeJesus for the Royals' season high. ... Kansas City beat the Twins 10-8 Monday night giving the Royals a double-digit total in back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 8-9, 2006 at Boston. ... Twins DH Jim Thome returned to Minnesota to receive treatment on his back. ... Royals OF Mitch Maier (sore left knee) and INF Wilson Betemit (bruised shin) missed their third straight games. ... Royals rookie reliever RHP Blake Wood retired all six batters he faced, striking out the final four.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

K. Ka'aihue
AB 3
R 4
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Kansas City

M. Aviles
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF2100201 .270
    Ben Revere, CF1000010 .192
Orlando Hudson, DH2000202 .267
   a- Trevor Plouffe, PH-DH1000010 .111
Delmon Young, LF4010004 .299
    Jason Repko, LF0000000 .230
Jason Kubel, RF3000105 .249
Michael Cuddyer, 1B4021012 .272
    Alexi Casilla, 2B0000000 .278
Danny Valencia, 3B4010013 .317
Jose Morales, C4000021 .188
Matt Tolbert, 2B-1B4010011 .238
Nick Punto, SS3000112 .243
Totals3215168  
a-struck out for Hudson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Delmon Young (45, O'Sullivan)
RBI - Michael Cuddyer (80)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Cuddyer (39)
SB - Denard Span (26, 2nd base off O'Sullivan/May)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Nick Blackburn (2, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nick Blackburn (L,10-11) 4.1888242 5.55
Glen Perkins 2.2222131 6.41
Matt Capps 1000030 2.54
Pitches-Strikes - Nick Blackburn 82-49, Glen Perkins 43-31, Matt Capps 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Blackburn 3-6, Glen Perkins 4-1
Batters Faced - Nick Blackburn 23, Glen Perkins 11, Matt Capps 3
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jarrod Dyson, CF4201120 .220
Mike Aviles, 2B4231000 .311
Billy Butler, DH4000013 .319
Kila Ka'aihue, 1B3434100 .220
Josh Fields, 3B4122000 .317
Alex Gordon, LF3000110 .219
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4111010 .257
Lucas May, C4010022 .182
Jai Miller, RF4000031 .250
Totals3410109310  
Batting
2B - Mike Aviles (15, Blackburn)
3B - Mike Aviles (3, Blackburn), Kila Ka'aihue (1, Perkins)
HR - Kila Ka'aihue 2 (7, Blackburn, Blackburn), Josh Fields (3, Perkins)
RBI - Jarrod Dyson (4), Mike Aviles (32), Kila Ka'aihue 4 (22), Josh Fields 2 (6), Yuniesky Betancourt (78)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Aviles (16)
SB - Jarrod Dyson 2 (8, 3rd base off Blackburn/Morales, 2nd base off Blackburn/Morales), Mike Aviles (12, 2nd base off Blackburn/Morales)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - O'Sullivan-Aviles-Ka'aihue
E - Josh Fields (5, Dropped line drive)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sean O'Sullivan (W,4-6) 6511610 5.91
Blake Wood 2000040 5.18
Greg Holland 1000030 7.13
Pitches-Strikes - Sean O'Sullivan 114-62, Blake Wood 23-15, Greg Holland 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean O'Sullivan 8-9
Batters Faced - Sean O'Sullivan 29, Blake Wood 6, Greg Holland 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18487
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Ed Rapuano