Royals Take Out Twins, Earn 1-0 Win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kyle Davies pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning in his home debut for Kansas City and combined with three relievers to help the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 1-0 on Thursday.

Acquired in the trade that sent reliever Octavio Dotel to Atlanta, Davies (1-1) struck out five and walked two over 6 2-3 innings in his second start for Kansas City. The 23-year-old right-hander walked Alexi Casilla leading off the game and then retired 14 in a row before Jason Kubel doubled with two outs in the fifth.

Tony Pena Jr. doubled down the left-field line leading off the third for the Royals' first hit. Joey Gathright sacrificed him to third and Jason LaRue hit a sacrifice fly.

Joakim Soria got four outs for his 12th save in 15 opportunities, helping Kansas City take two of three in the series. The Royals have won five of their last six rubber games in three-game series at home.

Matt Garza (1-3) went 6 2-3 innings for Minnesota, allowing four hits. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.

In his first start for Kansas City last Saturday, Davies lasted only three innings against the New York Yankees. He gave up five runs and six hits, including Alex Rodriguez's 500th home run.

After allowing a two-out single to Torii Hunter in the seventh and walking the next batter, Davies was relieved by Zack Greinke and got a standing ovation as he walked to the dugout. Greinke struck out Rondell White to end the inning.

Casilla singled off Greinke in the eighth for the Twins' final hit. With two on, Jimmy Gobble got Joe Mauer on a popup before Soria fanned Michael Cuddyer to end the threat.

The Twins were blanked for the 11th time this year, most in the majors. It was Kansas City's fourth shutout.

After Pena's double, Garza set down 13 straight before Mark Teahen singled in the seventh. Teahen, trying to stretch it into a double, appeared to beat the throw but was tagged out when his momentum carried him past the bag.

Cuddyer struck out four times. In his last seven at-bats, he's hit into two double plays, struck out four times and been thrown out at second trying to stretch a single.

For the Twins, it was a quick return to the offensive woes that have dogged them for more than a month. They managed only one run and eight hits Tuesday night, broke loose for 19 hits and 11 runs Wednesday and then reverted to the form that has made them one of the lowest-scoring teams in the majors the past few weeks.


Twins INF Tommy Watkins arrived from Triple-A Rochester to replace 3B Brian Buscher, who was placed on the 15-day DL with an infection in his right leg. In 110 games with the Red Wings, Watkins hit .272 with eight home runs and 49 RBIs. His first appearance will be his major league debut. ... David DeJesus made a fine shoestring catch of Kubel's sinking liner to center in the second inning. ... It was Davies' 47th career start. ... 1B Ryan Shealy will be examined Friday by team physician Dr. Steven Joyce and might rejoin the Royals. He's been on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha.

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