Kansas City 5, Minnesota 1
August 7, 2007
AP - Aug 7, 11:05 pm EDT
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.