KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Wade Davis, Bruce Chen and Kelvin Herrera combined to shut out Minnesota on six hits as the Kansas City Royals won 3-0 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
Davis weaved his way into and out of trouble in the first two innings, allowing four hits, walked three and struck out six in five innings.
Chen pitched the next three innings, giving up two hits, while Herrera worked the ninth for his second save in as many chances. Herrera gave up a two-out double to Joe Mauer, but held on to earn the save.
Billy Butler homered in the first for the Royals, as did Jeff Francoeur in the seventh. Kansas City has won four in a row.
Alcides Escobar also contributed a run-producing single in the seventh.
The Twins went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 runners, including six in the first two innings.
After Wade Davis struck out the first two batters, the Twins loaded the bases on two walks and a Justin Morneau single, but came away empty. Trevor Plouffe popped up to first baseman Eric Hosmer to end the threat.
Chris Parmelee and Brian Dozier led off the second with singles, while Pedro Florimon was hit by a pitch to again load the bases. Davis got out of the mess by striking out Aaron Hicks and Joe Mauer and retiring Josh Willingham on a fly to shortstop Alcides Escobar.
Billy Butler homered, his second, to straight-away center in the first on a 1-0 Liam Hendricks pitch to give the Royals a 1-0 lead.
It was the Royals' turn to load the bases in the second inning with one out, but like the Twins they did not score. Chris Getz struck out and Alex Gordon flied out to strand the runners.
While the game-time temperature was 45 degrees, the wind-chill made it feel like 33.
NOTES: Left-hander Scott Diamond, who led the Twins with 12 wins last season, is scheduled to come off the disabled list Saturday and start against the New York Mets. Diamond, who had off-season arthroscopic elbow surgery, threw a bullpen session Wednesday in Fort Myers, Fla., with no problems. He made 82 pitches in five innings Sunday in a start for Class A Fort Myers, giving up four runs and six hits. "We're looking forward to getting him on line again and getting his first start under his belt," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ... Right-handers Kelvin Herrera, Aaron Crow and Greg Holland logged saves in the three previous Kansas City games. The last time the Royals had three different pitchers save games in three consecutive games was Aug. 2-4, 2003 -- right-handers Mike MacDougal and Al Levine and left-hander Jeremy Affeldt. ... Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie is 7-0 in his past 13 Royals' starts. Guthrie did not have a victory in his final 10 starts with Colorado before the Royals acquired him in a July 20 trade last year.