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Associated Press, Published August 05 2013

Kansas City routs Minnesota Twin 13-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Royals have been playing more than their share of close games with 60 of their first 108 games decided by one or two runs.

That was not the case Monday night.

Jeremy Guthrie pitched a four-hitter and Eric Hosmer drove in a career-high five runs to help the Royals rout the Minnesota Twins 13-0 on Monday night.

The Royals, who have won 12 of their past 13 games, scored a season-high 13 runs.

“Quite frankly tonight was probably the least stressful game that we’ve played all year long,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “It was literally a stress-free game. It was a combination of good pitching, solid defense and great hitting. Jeremy made it look easy. Six runs in the second was huge. That’s a big cushion right there.”

Guthrie (12-7) won his fourth straight start to log his 12th victory, which is a career high. It was his second career shutout and he lowered his ERA to 3.94.

The right-hander retired the final 13 batters, did not allow a Twins runner to reach third base and only two touched second base. He struck out seven and walked one.

“Unfortunately I’ve had big leads and have not pitched as well,” Guthrie said. “So I probably stayed focused. Runs can really pile up in a hurry. They’ve got some hitters throughout that can do damage if you lose focus.”

The Royals sent 11 men to the plate in a six-run second inning, which was highlighted by Mike Moustakas and Hosmer stroking two-run singles. Moustakas collected two hits in the inning.

“I don’t think we need to spend a lot of time talking about this one,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Kevin Correia (7-8) was pulled after two innings and 16 batters faced, allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks. Correia has been rocked lately, not lasting more than two innings in two of his past three starts. He has given up 14 runs and 24 hits in just 9 Xc innings. It got so bad that infielder Jamey Carroll pitched the eighth for the Twins, his first career big league outing on the mound. He retired the Royals in order.

Minnesota Kansas City

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Dozier 2b 4 0 0 0 L.Cain rf 3 2 2 1

Mauer c 3 0 1 0 Maxwll rf 1 1 1 1

Colaell rf 1 0 0 0 Hosmer 1b 5 2 3 5

Mornea 1b 4 0 0 0 BButler dh 4 1 2 2

Doumit dh 3 0 1 0 AGordn lf 5 0 0 0

Arcia lf 3 0 0 0 MTejad 2b 3 0 0 0

Plouffe 3b 3 0 0 0 EJhnsn 2b 1 0 0 0

CHrmn rf-c 3 0 0 0 Mostks 3b 5 1 4 2

Thoms cf 3 0 1 0 Kottars c 4 2 1 0

Bernier ss 3 0 1 0 AEscor ss 4 2 2 2

Dyson cf 4 2 1 0

Totals 30 0 4 0 Totals 39 13 16 13

Minnesota 000 000 000— 0

Kansas City 060 003 40x— 13

DP—Minnesota 1. LOB—Minnesota 4, Kansas City 6. 2B—Doumit (23), Hosmer (21), Moustakas (17), Kottaras (4). HR—Hosmer (12).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Correia L,7-8 2 7 6 6 3 2

Duensing 3 1 0 0 0 3

Pressly 1Zc 7 7 7 1 1

Thielbar Xc 1 0 0 0 0

Carroll 1 0 0 0 0 0

Kansas City

Guthrie W,12-7 9 4 0 0 1 7

T—2:35. A—21,474 (37,903).