KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When Jeremy Guthrie pitches, the Kansas City Royals win.
Guthrie picked up another victory Tuesday night as the Kansas City Royals jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Twins. He is 7-0 in his past 13 starts dating to Aug. 8. The Royals are 12-1 in those starts. He is the first Royal to go undefeated over 13 starts since Kevin Appier in 1994-95. Guthrie has allowed 94 hits and 23 earned runs in 87 1-3 innings in that stretch.
Guthrie yielded four runs and six hits on Tuesday, including three solo home runs in 6 2/3 innings, to improve to 2-0 this season.
Alcides Escobar paced the Royals' 13-hit attack with three hits, drove in a run and scored a run. Billy Butler, Salvador Perez and Jeff Francoeur each contributed RBI doubles.
All of the scoring was done in the first five innings.
Greg Holland worked out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth inning to preserve the lead and log his second save in three opportunities. He struck out Joe Mauer to end the game.
Mauer gave the Twins a short-lived 1-0 lead with a home run just inside the left-field pole in the first inning.
The Royals batted around in a five-run first, which was highlighted by Billy Butler and Salvador Perez run-producing doubles. The first five Royals stroked hits off Mike Pelfrey and all scored. Alex Gordon lead off the inning with a single, while Alcides Escobar's fly to shallow left-center dropped between three Twins. Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain stroked RBI-singles, while Eric Hosmer brought home Moustakas with a ground out.
Gordon opened the second with a triple and scored on Escobar's single.
Pelfrey, a Wichita State alumnus making his first start against the Royals, lasted only two innings, allowing six runs on eight hits.
The Twins scored single runs in the second and third innings. Josh Willingham homered in the third inning, while Eduardo Escobar's second-inning single scored Trevor Plouffe.
The Royals made it 7-3 in the third on Jeff Francoeur's RBI double off reliever Anthony Swarzak.
Eduardo Escobar led off the Twins' fifth with his first career homer.
NOTES: CF Darin Mastroianni made his first start of the season and led off for the Twins. Mastroianni had appeared in five games, two as a pinch-runner and three as a late-inning defensive replacement, but no at-bats. Rookie Aaron Hicks had started the first seven games in center, but was hitting just .067. ... The Royals' victory Monday over the Twins was their first in April at Kauffman Stadium since April 30, 2011. They went 0-10 at home last April.