(MINNEAPOLIS) After seven quality starts in their first eight games, another Royals starter was beaten up by the Twins' bats again on Saturday.With seven runs off James Shields in the first two innings, Minnesota topped Kansas City for the second straight day, 7-1, to take the series.
Shields (0-2) yielded six hits and struck out five batters over 5 2/3 innings as the offense went quiet behind him again. Lorenzo Cain's RBI double in the 5th produced the Royals' only run.
Danny Duffy, who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha earlier Saturday, registered three strikeouts and no hits over the last 2 1/3 innings in relief.
Brian Dozier turned the first at-bat of the game into a 1-0 lead with a home run to left. He made his mark in the Twins' six-run second frame, driving a ball that was misplayed by Mike Moustakas leading to two more runs. It was one of two errors for the Royals (4-6) on the day.
Only one of Minnesota's seven runs were earned.
Ricky Nolasco (1-1), who gave up five runs in his first two starts, allowed five hits and struck out four batters over eight innings.
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