Minnesota (69-62) at Kansas City (42-87)

Cloudy/Windy Currently: Kansas City, MO
Temp: 37° F
  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Tue Aug 30, 2005
  • TV: FSNO
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Carlos Silva hopes to get some support from Minnesota’s anemic offense as the Twins continue a three-game set with the league-worst Kansas City Royals.

Silva is just 1-3 with a 2.59 ERA in his last nine starts as the Twins have been held to four runs or fewer seven times. The Twins have troubled scoring in general, as they are next to last in the AL in runs scored with 564.

The Twins, who are struggling to stay in contention in the AL wild-card race, took the opening game of the series with a 3-1 win in 10 innings on Monday. Nick Punto hit a two-run double in the 10th inning as the Twins won for just the second time in six games.

Shawn Camp walked Jason Bartlett and Michael Ryan with one out in the 10th and Punto, in a 2-for-17 slide, doubled to gap in left-center.

Juan Rincon worked out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth and pitched two scoreless innings. Joe Nathan got three outs for his 33rd save in 36 chances, completing a five-hitter.

The Twins are 13-6 in extra-inning games, the most wins in the major leagues.

Kansas City, which is 4-20 in August, has lost four straight.

“You’re not going to win a lot of games when you get five hits and one run,” Royals manager Buddy Bell said. “Offensively, we’ve just struggled more than you’d like to see.”

Camp has given up runs in 13 of his past 14 appearances.

“I have no excuses,” Camp said. “I’ve always been a control pitcher and think of myself as a strike thrower. I’ve never experienced control problems like today. I didn’t make adjustments, and we all paid for it.”

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Starting Pitchers

C. Silva BOS vs. J. Lima NYM
9-8 Record 5-16
3.44 ERA 6.99
71 K 80
9 BB 61
1.17 WHIP 1.66