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Royals 9, Twins 1

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Will Smith is probably auditioning for a spot in Kansas City's rotation next season.

Having Salvador Perez as his catcher sure helps his cause.

Smith pitched seven shutout innings, Eric Hosmer homered and the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 9-1 on Tuesday night.

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Lorenzo Cain had two RBI and was a home run away from the cycle as Kansas City beat Minnesota for just the sixth time in 16 games.

Perez extended his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games and threw out two runners trying to steal in support of Smith (5-7), who struck out a career-high seven and gave up seven hits in his first win in four starts.

"That guy's awesome," Smith said about Perez. "He's so good. You love having him back there. You feel confident that the running game, he's just going to completely shut it down."

Ryan Doumit had the Twins' RBI and Ben Revere had three hits.

Joe Mauer was in the initial starting lineup, but was scratched after experiencing back spasms before batting practice.

The atmosphere at Target Field brought back memories of the Metrodome, and not only because of all the empty seats for a September game featuring two teams out of contention.

With two outs and two runners on in the second inning, Cain hit a towering fly to left field. Josh Willingham lost it in the sky, holding out his hands as the ball fell 15 feet behind him and both runners scored.

Outfielders losing flyballs was a common occurrence under the white Teflon roof of the Metrodome, but hasn't been a problem under the lights at Target Field.

"It was just the time of day. It's frustrating when you can't see the ball," Willingham said. "You can't catch it if you can't see it. Can't see it, it's pretty helpless."

The miscue didn't help Scott Diamond (11-7) get back on track.

The left-hander allowed four runs and 10 hits over six innings and has just one victory in his last six starts.

The first two Twins batters reached in the first, fourth and fifth innings, but they couldn't break through against Smith.

Perez threw out basestealers to help erase the threats in the first and fifth, and Smith got Ryan Doumit to ground into a double play and struck out Trevor Plouffe to end the fourth.

The Twins had 16 stolen bases in their last 11 games, but were no match for Perez's strong arm and quick release. Jamey Carroll and Darin Mastroianni fell victim to Perez on Tuesday.

"It kept the momentum on our side," manager Ned Yost said about Perez, who has caught 11 of the last 21 runners trying to steal on him.

Cain got hit in the head by reliever Luis Perdomo in the eighth.

The ball appeared to hit Cain in the back of his helmet as he ducked, but Cain sat up quickly and remained in the game after sitting in the batter's box and getting checked out by trainers.

"The guys definitely let me know I was a home run away from the cycle," Cain said. "I was looking for a pitch to drive and ended up getting hit in the head. I went down for a second, but I'll be fine. Bounced back up and I'll be ready to go tomorrow."

Cain also said the back of his head was a little sore and he had a light headache.

The Royals scored five runs in the eighth and ninth, capped by Hosmer's 14th home run.

Alcides Escobar added two hits and two RBI.

Notes

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said center fielder Denard Span, out since Aug. 28 with a sprained SC joint, could return on Wednesday when he is eligible to come off the disabled list. ... Twins right fielder Chris Parmelee missed his second straight game with a groin injury and is day to day. ... Smith won for the first time since Aug. 15. ... The Twins announced a crowd of 28,993 on Tuesday. Monday's crowd of 27,526 was the lowest in Target Field history. ... Luke Hochevar (7-13, 5.35) pitches for Kansas City on Wednesday. The former No. 1 overall draft pick needs four strikeouts to match his career high of 128 set last season. ... P.J. Walters (2-3, 6.05) starts for Minnesota. Walters allowed five runs on Sept. 5 against the Chicago White Sox, his first start since coming off the disabled list.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

E. Hosmer
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Kansas City

W. Smith
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 0
BB 3
K 7
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Lorenzo Cain, CF5132002 .266
Alcides Escobar, SS5122002 .296
Alex Gordon, LF5110004 .293
Billy Butler, DH4010102 .308
Salvador Perez, C4121001 .317
Mike Moustakas, 3B4000112 .250
Jeff Francoeur, RF4111104 .233
Eric Hosmer, 1B5331001 .243
Johnny Giavotella, 2B5131012 .250
Totals41916832  
Batting
2B - Lorenzo Cain (8, Diamond), Alcides Escobar (28, Diamond), Eric Hosmer (21, Perdomo), Johnny Giavotella (6, Diamond)
3B - Lorenzo Cain (2, Diamond), Alcides Escobar (7, Burnett), Alex Gordon (5, Diamond)
HR - Eric Hosmer (14, Burnett)
SF - Salvador Perez (3)
RBI - Lorenzo Cain 2 (30), Alcides Escobar 2 (47), Salvador Perez (31), Jeff Francoeur (38), Eric Hosmer (58), Johnny Giavotella (12)
2-OUT RBI - Lorenzo Cain 2 (12), Eric Hosmer (27)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Giavotella-Escobar-Hosmer, Escobar-Giavotella-Hosmer
E - Lorenzo Cain (4, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Will Smith (W,5-7) 7700370 4.94
Aaron Crow 1211110 3.47
Louis Coleman 1200010 4.09
Pitches-Strikes - Will Smith 107-68, Aaron Crow 21-11, Louis Coleman 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Will Smith 6-4, Aaron Crow 1-1
Batters Faced - Will Smith 27, Aaron Crow 6, Louis Coleman 5
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Revere, CF5030001 .304
Jamey Carroll, 2B4110113 .258
Josh Willingham, LF4010013 .261
Justin Morneau, 1B3020111 .280
Ryan Doumit, C4011012 .282
Trevor Plouffe, DH4000023 .234
Darin Mastroianni, RF3020110 .263
Eduardo Escobar, 3B3010101 .221
Pedro Florimon, SS4000024 .253
Totals34111149  
Batting
RBI - Ryan Doumit (66)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Doumit (30)
CS - Jamey Carroll (5, 2nd base by Smith/Perez), Darin Mastroianni (3, 3rd base by Smith/Perez)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Florimon-Morneau
E - Ryan Doumit (2, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Diamond (L,11-7) 61044320 3.46
Luis Perdomo 1333000 5.19
Alex Burnett 2322001 3.25
HBP - Cain (by Luis Perdomo)
WP - Scott Diamond (9), Alex Burnett (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Diamond 98-63, Luis Perdomo 17-11, Alex Burnett 33-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Diamond 9-6, Luis Perdomo 2-1, Alex Burnett 5-1
Batters Faced - Scott Diamond 30, Luis Perdomo 7, Alex Burnett 9
Game Information
Attendance - 28993
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Larry Vanover