Royals
Twins
7 - 3 Final
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Royals down Twins to open series

Sep 27, 2011 - 4:13 AM Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Salvador Perez collected two hits and drove in two runs as Kansas City downed Minnesota, 7-3, in the opener of a three- game set.

Mike Moustakas homered, while Billy Butler and Alcides Escobar both recorded a pair of hits and an RBI for the Royals, who have won three of their last four.

Felipe Paulino (4-6) worked six innings for the win, allowing six hits and three runs with nine strikeouts.

"He really threw the ball well," said Royals manager Ned Yost of his starter. "We just have to get it into his head that if he makes them swing the bat, he'll be tough to beat. Great way to end the year for him."

Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run homer for the Twins, who fell to 4-20 in September.

Kevin Slowey (0-8) was tagged in defeat for 10 hits and five runs in 5 2/3 frames.

KC forged ahead with a four-run sixth thanks to Butler's RBI double, a Perez sacrifice fly, solo homer from Moustakas and a run-scoring hit by Escobar.

The Royals led 6-3 in the eighth when Johnny Giavotella's sac fly scored Perez, and it was a four-run margin for the visitors in the ninth on a Perez RBI single.

In the first, Cabrera singled with one out, then Butler's hit moved him to third and Eric Hosmer's fly to right plated him.

Rene Tosoni singled in Chris Parmelee to knot the game in the fourth, and in the following frame, Drew Butera worked a leadoff walk and scored on Cuddyer's two-out, two-run homer.

"I got a hanging slider there," Cuddyer said.

Game Notes

Cabrera finished 2-for-3 and reached the 200-hit plateau, becoming the first Royal since both Johnny Damon and Mike Sweeney reached the mark in 2000...Minnesota is 61-99 and is in danger of losing 100 games for the first time since 1982, when it finished last in the AL West with a 60-102 mark.








  • KANSAS CITY: 7
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  • Salvador Perez single to left scored Jarrod Dyson with two outs. On the play, Billy Butler advances to third. Runners on first and third and Mike Moustakas due up.

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  • Johnny Giavotella sacrifice fly out to right scored Salvador Perez with two outs. Runner on first and Alcides Escobar due up.

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  • Alcides Escobar single to right scored Lorenzo Cain with two outs. On the play, Johnny Giavotella advances to third. Runners on first and third and Jarrod Dyson due up.

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  • Eric Hosmer sacrifice fly out to right scored Melky Cabrera with two outs. Runner on first and Salvador Perez due up.

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