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Young loses no-no in 7th, Royals shut out Twins

Jun 10, 2015 - 5:00 AM Minneapolis, MN ( - Chris Young carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Salvador Perez cracked an upper-deck home run and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Young (5-2) issued three walks before Trevor Plouffe's one-out triple in the seventh inning broke up the no-hit bid and knocked him out of the game. He had two strikeouts and snapped a two-start losing streak.

"One thing I learned from Greg Maddux is to evaluate the way you threw the ball," Young said. "I threw well enough. They hit some balls hard and probably could have had a hit much earlier than they did."

Mike Moustakas hit an RBI single with no outs in the first inning and Perez homered in the ninth for the Royals, who have won three in a row, including the first two games of this series to knock Minnesota out of first place in the AL Central.

Trevor May (4-4) fell to 0-3 in three career starts against Kansas City after giving up one run, seven hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out five.

Young walked Eduardo Escobar with one out in the third, but he was caught trying to steal second base. That was Minnesota's only baserunner until Young issued back-to-back walks to Aaron Hicks and Brian Dozier in the sixth.

He retired Joe Mauer on a fly ball to start the seventh before Plouffe drove a 2-0 pitch high off the right-field wall for Minnesota's only hit.

"We just were kind of fighting it," said Twins manager Paul Molitor. "Guys were up there trying to figure out ways to get us into an offensive groove and sometimes they're overdoing it. You have to take a step back."

Franklin Morales and Kelvin Herrera faced one batter apiece in the seventh after Young came out, retiring both on ground balls.

Wade Davis struck out two in a perfect eighth for Kansas City and Escobar made it 2-0 with a blast into the seats high above left field leading off the ninth, his 10th homer of the season.

Greg Holland worked around a two-out walk in the ninth to record his 11th save and wrap up Kansas City's fourth shutout of the season, all since May 17.

The Royals took a 1-0 lead six pitches into the game after Alcides Escobar led off with a double and scored on Moustakas' sliced single into left.

Kendrys Morales hit a leadoff single in the sixth inning for Kansas City but was later gunned down at home plate on a one-hop throw by center fielder Hicks.

Game Notes

Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon leapt at the wall to rob Torii Hunter of a potential home run in the fourth inning ... San Francisco rookie Chris Heston threw a no-hitter against the New York Mets on Tuesday, the 10th no-no in the National League since the last one thrown by an American League pitcher ... The Royals are 5-3 against the Twins this season.