Royals 2, Twins 1

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—Too bad the Kansas City Royals have to go on the road. Then again, they’re playing great in all ballparks.

Joe Randa hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and Kansas City beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 Thursday to become the first team since 1987 to win its first 10 home games.

“This is awesome. It’s really something to be proud of,” said Chris George, who beat the Twins’ Brad Radke. “I wouldn’t say we feel invincible, but certainly confident.”

The Royals, who overcame a four-hitter by Radke (1-3), improved to 16-3 overall and are 13 games over .500 for the first time since the final day of the 1994 season.

Kansas City was 37-44 at home while losing a franchise-record 100 games last season. The Royals are the ninth team to start 10-0 at home, two shy of the major league record, set by the 1911 Detroit Tigers. Kansas City starts a nine-game road trip Friday at Toronto, then returns home May 5.

“We have been playing good all the way around,” Royals manager Tony Pena said. “The thing about this ballclub is everybody wants to be a hero. Everybody wants to do something.”

Minnesota, meanwhile, has lost six straight for the second time this season. This isn’t the kind of play that led the Twins to the AL Central title last year.

“We’re trying to force things right now. We can’t seem to get relaxed at the plate,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We’re just not a very good team right now and I can’t tell you why.”

George (3-1) allowed one run and four hits in six innings, giving up a tying single to Torii Hunter in the sixth inning in his first complete game since last Sept. 9 against Oakland.

Mike Sweeney, in a 1-for-14 skid, had put the Royals ahead with a fourth-inning homer.

Kansas City went ahead for good in the sixth when Carlos Febles singled and scored on a double to center by Randa, who has seven RBIs in the last three games.

Jason Grimsley pitched two innings of one-hit relief, and Mike MacDougal finished the seven-hitter for his ninth save in nine chances.

Hunter singled leading off the ninth and advanced on a wild pitch, but Doug Mientkiewicz struck out and Michael Cuddyer flied out to left. Hunter was doubled up off second by Raul Ibanez for the final out.

“I was trying too hard, just wanted to get across home plate and tie the game up,” Hunter said. “But at the same time I thought he was jammed and itwas going to drop in. But it stayed up. I made a big mistake, that’s all.”


When Febles stole second base in the third inning, it was just the third base in 25 starts off Radke. … The 1987 New York Yankees had been the last team to start a season 10-0 at home. … In every series this year, the Twins have either swept or been swept. This series was abbreviated from three to two games because of Wednesday night’s rainout, which will be made up on June 16 … Febles and SS Angel Berroa combined for a nifty 4-6-3 play on Cuddyer’s grounder to deep second in the seventh. … The Royals’ 16-3 recordis the best for the franchise after 19 games.

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