KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ryan Doumit homered and drove in two runs as the Minnesota Twins beat the collapsing Kansas City Royals 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Samuel Deduno and four Twins relievers combined to shut out the Royals on four hits.
The Twins are 8-2 in their past 10 games after snapping a 10-game losing streak. They have outscored their opponents 46-30 during that stretch.
The Royals lost for the 11th time in 13 games and for the 15th time in 18 games to fall a season-low nine-games below .500. The Royals also set a franchise record with their 11th consecutive home loss. The 2012 Royals established the record with 10 straight Kauffman Stadium defeats last April.
Doumit led off the fourth inning with a homer and contributed a run-producing single in the fifth. Doumit has driven in 13 runs in his past eight games and leads the Twins with nine multi-RBI games.
Deduno pitched six-plus scoreless innings, limiting the Royals to four hits while walking two and striking out five to pick up the victory. He has won his past two starts while allowing one run and eight hits in 13 innings.
The Twins' bullpen held the Royals hitless after Deduno was pulled following Lorenzo Cain's double to start the seventh. Glen Perkins worked a flawless ninth to log his 12th save in 14 opportunities.
Even George Brett, who was named the interim batting coach on Thursday, has yet to pump life into the Royals' feeble offense. The Royals, who had only one runner get past second base, went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and are 2-for-27 with RISP in the past three games.
Royals starter Luis Mendoza did not allow a hit in the first three innings, although he walked three and hit a batter. Mendoza, however, failed to make it out of the fifth.
Joe Mauer, who entered the game with a career .355 batting average against the Royals, hit an opposite-field double and scored on Josh Willingham's single. Justin Morneau and Doumit hit back-to-back singles to bring Willingham around.
After Doumit's run-producing single, Luke Hochevar replaced Mendoza, who was charged with three runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings after throwing 57 strikes among his 95 pitches.
Billy Butler, who went 1-for-14 on a just-completed Royals road trip, led off the fourth with a double but failed to advance.
NOTES: The Royals recalled RHP Kelvin Herrera from Class AAA Omaha, where he had pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings in five appearances since a May 23 demotion. The Royals optioned RHP Louis Coleman, who was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 4 1/3 innings, to Omaha. ...C Salvador Perez came off the bereavement and restricted list. The Royals optioned C Adam Moore to Omaha. ... Twins 1B Justin Morneau returned to the lineup after sitting out the previous two games with an illness. ...The Royals claimed OF Quintin Berry off waivers from Detroit and assigned him to Omaha. Berry stole 21 bases without being caught last season with Detroit. ... Mauer ranks among the league leaders with 18 doubles.