Sep 12, 2012 at 7:19 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Will Smith pitched seven shutout innings, Eric Hosmer homered and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 9-1 on Tuesday night.
Lorenzo Cain had two RBIs and was a home run away from the cycle as Kansas City beat Minnesota for just the sixth time in 16 games.
Salvador Perez extended his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games and threw out two runners trying to steal in support of Smith (5-7), who struck out a career-high seven and gave up seven hits in his first win in four starts.
Ryan Doumit had the Twins' RBI and Ben Revere had three hits.
Joe Mauer was in the initial starting lineup, but was scratched after experiencing back spasms before batting practice.
Catcher Joe Mauer was scratched from thegame against the Royals with back spasms.
Manager Ron Gardenhire says Mauer's back tightened up on the field before batting practice.
Ryan Doumit took Mauer's spot behind the plate.
Mauer had played in 131 of a possible 141 games entering Tuesday. The All-Star played in just 82 games last season while battling leg and other injuries.
Mauer is hitting .319 this season and is a career .355 hitter against the Royals.
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