Royals 2, Twins 0

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Mark Redman threw a five-hitter to win for the first time in seven starts and John Buck hit an RBI double to lead the Kansas City Royals past the Minnesota Twins 2-0 Tuesday night.

Redman (8-8) allowed five hits, struck out three and walked none, keeping the Twins off-balance with pitches as fast as 84 mph and as slow as 64.

The win was the second in six games for the Royals, last in the AL Central.

Minnesota, which lost its second in a row and third in eight games, entered the game a half-game in front of Chicago in the wild-card race. With the loss, Minnesota is now 5 1/2 games behind Detroit in the AL Central. The Tigers were rained out in New York.

Kansas City scored both of its runs in the fifth. Emil Brown and Ryan Shealy both hit one-out singles before Buck doubled off the center-field wall, driving in Brown. Shealy scored on a groundout by Andres Blanco.

Redman, who threw all eight innings in a 1-0 loss at Boston on July 19, won for the first time since July 25. It was his second career complete game shutout. The other was on May 14, 2005.

Minnesota’s Matt Garza (1-3) was almost as good.

In his fourth major league start, Garza allowed five hits and two earned runs in 7 2-3 innings, striking out a career-high seven and walking one. Garza, who gave up 10 runs in 7 2/3 innings in his previous two home starts, lowered his ERA in the Metrodome from 11.74 to 7.04. He retired 10 of the last 12 batters he faced.

Shut out for the 12th time this year, Minnesota had leadoff singles in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings but couldn’t get a run across.

Kansas City had an opportunity to take an earlier lead.

Brown doubled with one out in the second inning, but was thrown out by Michael Cuddyer trying to advance to third on a fly out by Shealy. It was Cuddyer’s 10th outfield assist, tying him with Carl Crawford for second-best in the league behind New York’s Melky Cabrera.

Notes

Team doctors examined Minnesota rookie LHP Francisco Liriano on Tuesday and said everything looks good in his rehabilitation. On the disabled list since Aug. 8 with a strained ligament in his left elbow, Liriano (12-3) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday in tennis shoes. … Blanco started at shortstop for Kansas City in place of Angel Berroa, who has a sore ankle. … Royals 2B Mark Grudzielanek was 0-for-4, and is 3-for-28 in his last seven games. He was thrown out at first after Minnesota 3B Nick Punto made a diving stop in the sixth inning.

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