Jun 6, 2012 at 6:50 am
KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) - Bruce Chen outdueled Francisco Liriano to make a lone run scored in the second inning stand up Tuesday night, giving the Kansas City Royals a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Chen (5-5) allowed four hits without a walk to win for the fifth time in six starts. The 34-year-old left-hander relied on some veteran guile to strike out five without allowing a runner past second.
Liriano (1-6) allowed only four hits in six innings, but three of them came in the second when the Twins' failure to turn a double play proved costly. It allowed Brayan Pena to send an RBI single rolling through the left side of the infield for the game's only run.
Greg Holland worked around an error in the eighth for Kansas City, and Jonathan Broxton left runners on first and second in the ninth for his 14th save of the season.
Twins catcher Joe Mauer was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game against the Royals with a bruised right thumb.
Mauer hurt the thumb on a swing in Minnesota's series finale Sunday at Cleveland. The thumb was worse when he arrived in Kansas City on Monday, and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said before Tuesday night's game that Mauer remains day to day.
After an injury wrecked season a year ago, Mauer had played in 51 of the Twins' first 53 games. He's hitting .298 with three homers and 25 RBIs, and was tied entering Tuesday with Denard Span for the most multi-hit games on the team with 16.
Drew Butera got the start behind the plate against Kansas City.
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