(AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota 3, Kansas City 1
July 30, 2007
AP - Jul 30, 9:23 pm EDT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Scott Baker sparkled over eight crisp innings and Joe Mauer drove in three runs to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 3-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.
Baker (5-4) faced one batter over the minimum, struck out seven and allowed two hits, both in the fourth inning. Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save in 25 opportunities.
Gil Meche (7-8) was nearly as good for the Royals, whose four-game winning streak ended. After struggling in the first inning, Meche settled down and allowed two runs through seven innings, striking out five.
It was the third win a row for Minnesota (54-51), which traded second baseman Luis Castillo to the New York Mets for two minor leaguers two hours before gametime. The Twins moved within six games of AL wild-card leading Cleveland, which was idle.
Minnesota's first four batters of the game reached against Meche. Mauer dropped a double inside the left-field line to score Jason Tyner and Jason Bartlett.