Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas falls while fielding a ground ball hit by Minnesota Twins' Brian Dozier during the third inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, April 18, 2014. Dozier was safe at first base on the play. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Jason Vargas pitched seven shutdown innings, Mike Moustakas cracked a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals romped to a 5-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
Alcides Escobar had three hits and Omar Infante also drove in two runs for the Royals, who followed up a sweep at the hands of Minnesota last weekend by sweeping Houston and then taking the first of their three-game set against the Twins this weekend.
Ricky Nolasco (1-2) gave up five runs on 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings for the Twins.
Vargas (2-0), who signed a $32 million, four-year deal in the offseason, allowed seven hits while striking out four in another dazzling start. The crafty left-hander lowered his ERA to 1.24 while going at least seven innings in each of his four outings this season.