Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - The Kansas City Royals set a new record for
futility with Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
The Royals suffered their 11th straight defeat at Kauffman Stadium to
establish a new club record for consecutive home losses in one season. Kansas
City lost its first 10 home games to start the 2012 season.
Ryan Doumit paced the Twins' offense with a solo homer and two RBI. Josh
Willingham added an RBI single for Minnesota, which has won three in a row and
seven of eight.
Samuel Deduno (2-1) tossed six-plus scoreless frames for the visitors. The
right-hander gave up four hits while striking out five.
Meanwhile, Kansas City starting pitchers continued to struggle. Luis Mendoza
(1-3) allowed three runs on seven hits to go with three walks over 4 1/3
Starting pitchers for the Royals are now in a stretch of 18 consecutive games
without a winning decision. The club has gone just 3-15 during that span.
Despite issuing three walks and hitting a batter over the first three innings,
Mendoza was able to keep Minnesota off the board early on.
The Twins' first hit came in the fourth, when Doumit led off the frame with a
homer to right-center field.
"I'm just getting back to basics," Doumit said of his fourth homer in seven
games. "After a slow start I watched some video and just tried to get back to
simplifying things. As far as the team's concerned, we're getting great
pitching and timely hitting. That's the key to success."
Minnesota tacked on two more runs in the fifth. Joe Mauer doubled to left and
raced home on Willingham's single down the left-field line. Justin Morneau
and Doumit followed with back-to-back singles to plate another run and make it
Luke Hochevar then took over for Mendoza and recorded the final two outs of
Kansas City's best chance to score came in the seventh. Lorenzo Cain led off
with a double to center which ended Deduno's night, and moved to third when
Mike Moustakas lined out to right. Casey Fien recorded the final two outs to
keep the Royals off the board, however.
"I had guys on base tonight and definitely needed to come through there," Cain
said. "I didn't get it done. We need timely hits right now. I feel like if we
get those timely hits, it's a completely different ballgame. As a whole we've
all been struggling right now."
Jared Burton and Glen Perkins tossed a scoreless eighth and ninth,
respectively, to secure the victory. Perkins picked up his 12th save of the
Mendoza fell to 2-2 lifetime against the Twins ... Minnesota started a six-
game road trip on Tuesday, while the Royals began a nine-game homestand ...
Prior to Tuesday's game, Kansas City reinstated catcher Salvador Perez from
the restricted list. Additionally, the team optioned catcher Adam Moore to
Triple-A Omaha, claimed outfielder Quintin Berry off waivers from the Detroit
Tigers, transferred pitcher Danny Duffy to the 60-day disabled list, recalled
pitcher Kelvin Herrera from Omaha and optioned pitcher Louis Coleman to the
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