Aug 30, 2013 at 5:45 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bruce Chen bounced back with a solid start and the Kansas City Royals completed a sweep and won their fifth straight game, beating Minnesota 3-1 Thursday to hand the Twins their fifth loss in a row.
The Royals took all three games at Target Field.
Chen gave up one run and five hits in 5 2-3 innings. In his past two starts, he allowed 13 runs in nine innings.
Greg Holland earned his 36th save in 38 chances.
Alcides Escobar, Chris Getz and Alex Gordon hit RBI singles for the Royals.
Brian Dozier homered for Minnesota, which has totaled just six runs during its losing skid.
Samuel Deduno allowed three runs in three innings before leaving because of soreness in his right shoulder.Deduno was bothered by biceps tendinitis around the shoulder earlier this month.
The Twins also lost right fielder Wilkin Ramirez during the game to a bruised left shin, when he hit himself with a foul ball in the fifth inning. He'll be re-evaluated Friday. Ramirez was replaced by Chris Herrmann.
Manager Ron Gardenhire wasn't around to watch any of it. He was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Alan Porter after a warning about pitching inside was issued to both teams in the second inning
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