Royals Drop Twins 5-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Mark Teahen had four hits for his third straight multihit game, Brian Bannister won his third straight decision and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-1 on Tuesday night.

Teahen went 4-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and scored one run. He is 9-for-13 in his past three games. Teahen tied his career high with the four hits, doing it for the sixth time, and second this season.

Bannister is 3-0 with a 1.61 earned run average in his past four starts, allowing 23 hits and five earned runs in 28 innings. Bannister lowered his overall ERA to 3.32, which ranks second among American League rookies to Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie, who is at 2.98.

Bannister (8-6) yielded four doubles in his seven innings, but pitched out of trouble in the second and third innings when Luis Rodriguez and Jason Bartlett grounded into double plays. Bannister gave up one run and six hits and one walk before being replaced by Zack Greinke to start the eighth.

The Royals jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on consecutive two-out hits by Teahen, Billy Butler and Ross Gload. Gload's double scored Teahen.

The Twins tied it in the second on back-to-back doubles by Justin Morneau and Torii Hunter, who drove in his 90th run. Morneau, the 2006 American League MVP, had two doubles, snapping an 0-for-17 skid.

The Royals went ahead in the third. David DeJesus led off with a double and advanced to third on a Michael Cuddyer error as he had trouble picking up the ball off the right-field grass. DeJesus scored on a Mark Grudzielanek sacrifice fly to Hunter.

DeJesus and Teahen contributed run-prouducing doubles in the Royals' fifth off Twins right-hander Boof Bonser (5-8) to make it 4-1.

Bonser, who is 0-6 in 10 starts since a June 10 victory over Washington, gave up four runs and nine hits. He struck out three and walked none.

A power outage -- a bank of lights on the right-field side went dark -- in the bottom of the eighth delayed action for 36 minutes.


Morneau fouled a ball off his right shin in his last at-bat and did not come back out after the power outage as a precaution to prevent it from tightening up. ... Royals DH Mike Sweeney, who had arthrosocpic surgery on his right knee on July 4, is taking batting practice, but is not expected to be activated for at least two weeks. ...Twins DH Rondell White started for the first time since July 30 and had an infield single in the second inning. ...The Twins have scored 72 runs, the fewest in the majors, since the All-Star break.

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