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Royals score 7 in 2nd, beat Twins 12-6

By ADAM CZECH
Associated Press
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Kansas City Royals scored seven runs in the second inning. Then they really started hitting the ball.

Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Josh Willingham homered, and the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 12-6 on Sunday for their 20th win in their last 25 games.

Kansas City sent 11 batters to the plate in the big second, keyed by two-run singles for Alcides Escobar and Nori Aoki. The Royals then started hitting the ball out of the park after a 54-minute rain delay in the fourth.

Gordon sent one drive into a flower bed in right-center. Perez lined one into the left-field seats, and Willingham's homer traveled an estimated 433 feet into the third deck in left field.

''Those tack on runs are huge,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

The Royals also increased their AL Central lead to 1 1/2 games over Detroit, which lost 8-1 to Seattle. This is the latest the Royals have been in first place since 2003.

Kansas City's Jeremy Guthrie (9-10) returned to the mound after the delay in the fourth and lasted seven innings, yielding home runs by Joe Mauer and Kennys Vargas.

Oswaldo Arcia also went deep for Minnesota, hitting a two-run drive off Jason Frasor in the eighth for his 11th homer.

But Kansas City's post-rain delay power surge helped it remain in control despite the Twins showing some power of their own.

''You gotta fight for 27 outs,'' Perez said. ''We continued to play hard. We needed to keep hitting it until the game was over.''

In his second start with Minnesota since coming over in a trade from Oakland, Tommy Milone (6-4) allowed seven runs in a career-low 1 1-3 innings.

''Awful. The first inning was good, the second one was pretty awful,'' Milone said. ''Couldn't get a good feel, try not to walk guys, left the ball over the plate. It was pretty tough.''

The first pitch was delayed 34 minutes in anticipation of a rain shower that never happened. The rain did arrive as the second inning started and got worse until umpires called the players off the field with one out in the bottom of the fourth.

After managing just one run in Saturday night's 4-1 loss, the Royals scored 10 or more for just the third time since June 17.

''With the weather and everything, we were pretty good,'' Perez said. ''We fought through it.''

GUTHRIE COMES BACK OUT

Guthrie helped save a tired Royals bullpen by staying in the game after the rain delay. ''Just to be able to maneuver through that made it a good day for us,'' Yost said.

NO EXCUSES

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wasn't going to blame the weather for Milone's bad second inning. ''They played through the same thing,'' Gardenhire said. ''They got it done, we didn't.''

NO-RAIN RAIN DELAY

It wasn't the first time this season the Twins have had a game delayed by rain that never arrived. The first pitch for Minnesota's 5-4 loss to Houston at Target Field on June 6 was pushed back 81 minutes even though not a drop fell from the sky.

TRAINER'S ROOM

ROYALS: Setup man Wade Davis and closer Greg Holland were available on Sunday, a day after manager Ned Yost gave each reliever a day off.

UP NEXT

ROYALS: Coming off his sixth career shutout vs. Oakland, Jason Vargas (9-5) starts the finale of the four-game series on Monday. Vargas has a 0.86 ERA in three starts against Minnesota this year and hasn't allowed a run in the last two.

TWINS: Trevor May (0-1) will try and bounce back after walking seven batters over two innings during his first major league start on Aug. 9. ''He's been like a raging bull out there,'' Gardenhire said. ''We gotta calm him down right now.''

 
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K. Vargas
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Kansas City

A. Gordon
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Norichika Aoki, RF5112004.271.338.344
Omar Infante, 2B5100011.254.292.352
   Christian Colon, 2B0000000.385.385.615
Salvador Perez, C5121010.266.303.416
   Erik Kratz, C0000000.217.242.348
Billy Butler, 1B5231000.280.327.386
Alex Gordon, LF4322001.284.360.445
Josh Willingham, DH4222120.214.344.416
Mike Moustakas, 3B4000003.198.260.378
Alcides Escobar, SS5132010.280.316.373
Jarrod Dyson, CF3100114.286.335.350
Jeremy Guthrie, P0000000.000.167.000
   Jason Frasor, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kelvin Herrera, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals4012131026    
Batting
2B - Josh Willingham (8, Pressly)
3B - Alex Gordon (1, Pressly)
HR - Salvador Perez (15, Pressly), Alex Gordon (13, Thielbar), Josh Willingham (13, Duensing)
RBI - Norichika Aoki 2 (30), Salvador Perez (51), Billy Butler (51), Alex Gordon 2 (55), Josh Willingham 2 (39), Alcides Escobar 2 (42)
SB - Norichika Aoki (15, 2nd base off Milone/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 5
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Guthrie (W,9-10) 7544272 4.48
Jason Frasor 1222011 3.16
Kelvin Herrera 1000010 1.56
HBP - Escobar (by Jeremy Guthrie)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 100-68, Jason Frasor 21-12, Kelvin Herrera 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 6-8, Kelvin Herrera 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 29, Jason Frasor 5, Kelvin Herrera 3
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Danny Santana, SS5110030.316.353.468
Brian Dozier, 2B4000001.235.333.418
Joe Mauer, 1B2211200.275.351.377
Kennys Vargas, DH4233010.317.364.500
Oswaldo Arcia, RF4112022.225.303.422
Kurt Suzuki, C4000002.307.367.401
Chris Parmelee, LF4010020.253.304.384
Eduardo Escobar, 3B3000010.272.314.394
Jordan Schafer, CF4000002.196.280.250
Tommy Milone, P0000000.000.000.000
   Samuel Deduno, P0000000.000.000.000
   Caleb Thielbar, P0000000.000.000.000
   Ryan Pressly, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jared Burton, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brian Duensing, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3467629    
Batting
2B - Kennys Vargas (2, Frasor)
3B - Danny Santana (4, Guthrie)
HR - Joe Mauer (4, Guthrie), Kennys Vargas (3, Guthrie), Oswaldo Arcia (11, Frasor)
RBI - Joe Mauer (31), Kennys Vargas 3 (15), Oswaldo Arcia 2 (32)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Mauer (11), Kennys Vargas 2 (6)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Deduno-Dozier-Santana-Mauer
E - Brian Dozier (9, Misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Milone (L,6-4) 1.1476210 3.99
Samuel Deduno 2.2100010 4.41
Caleb Thielbar 2322011 3.35
Ryan Pressly 1422011 2.08
Jared Burton 1000010 4.28
Brian Duensing 1111011 2.44
HBP - Gordon (by Tommy Milone), Moustakas (by Ryan Pressly)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Milone 40-22, Samuel Deduno 31-20, Caleb Thielbar 30-19, Ryan Pressly 24-16, Jared Burton 11-9, Brian Duensing 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Milone 3-1, Samuel Deduno 4-2, Ryan Pressly 1-1, Brian Duensing 1-1
Batters Faced - Tommy Milone 12, Samuel Deduno 8, Caleb Thielbar 9, Ryan Pressly 8, Jared Burton 3, Brian Duensing 4
Game Information
Attendance - 31455
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Chris Segal, Second Base - David Rackley, Third Base - Jim Reynolds