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Associated Press, Published August 27 2013

Shields pitches Royals past Twins

MINNEAPOLIS – Kansas City’s James Shields is accustomed to pitching in close games this season.

He kept his team in the game until the Royals were able to break through late.

Shields was sharp for 7Zc innings, Alex Gordon had three RBIs, and Kansas City scored five runs in the eighth inning to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Tuesday.

“The way Shields was pitching, it was like, ‘Ok, just hold ’em until we can break something open,’” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Finally, in the eighth it got broken open.”

Shields – the key part in the deal that sent top prospect Wil Myers to Tampa Bay in the offseason – struck out seven and notched his American-League best 22nd quality start.

Shields (9-8) went over the .500 mark and only allowed one hit through seven innings before running into trouble and leaving in the eighth.

While the wins haven’t been there for Shields, he’s pitched well.

“I’ve got a ton of quality starts this year and I feel like I’ve been pitching well all year,” Shields said. “The wins are going to come. I’m not really too worried about it. I’m just going to keep grinding out the rest of the season and hope for the best.”

Kevin Correia struck out a season-high seven over seven shutout innings, but ended up with a no-decision. Brian Dozier had the Twins’ RBI.

The first seven Royals hitters reached base in a five-run eighth that broke open a scoreless game and handed reliever Jared Burton (2-8) his third loss to Kansas City this season.

The Twins have struggled to score since All-Star Joe Mauer went on the disabled list a week ago with a concussion.

Minnesota had a chance to cut into the lead after Dozier’s double chased Shields and made it 5-1 in the eighth. But Will Smith struck out Chris Herrmann and Justin Morneau with runners on second and third to end the threat.

The Twins struck out 11 times and were 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

“Good ball game until we got into the eighth, and then things kind of unraveled there, we couldn’t really stop them,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “The ball kept going their way, bunts, you name it, everything, stolen bases, bloops, and there you have it, a five spot.”

Kansas City Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

AGordn lf 5 0 2 3 Dozier 2b 4 0 1 1

Bonifac 3b 4 0 2 0 Hrmn rf 4 0 0 0

Hosmer 1b 4 0 0 0 Mrnea 1b 4 0 0 0

BButler dh 5 1 2 1 Wlngh lf 4 0 1 0

S.Perez c 5 1 2 0 Doumit c 3 0 0 0

Lough rf 5 1 2 0 Colaell dh 3 0 0 0

Getz 2b 5 1 1 1 Plouffe 3b 3 1 1 0

AEscor ss 3 1 1 0 Thoms cf 3 0 1 0

Dyson cf 4 1 1 1 Flormn ss 1 0 0 0

Totals 40 6 13 6 Totals 29 1 4 1

Kansas City 000 000 051— 6

Minnesota 000 000 010— 1

E—Florimon (12). DP—Kansas City 1. LOB—Kansas City 10, Minnesota 5. 2B—A.Gordon 2 (24), Bonifacio (20), Dozier (29). HR—B.Butler (14). SB—Lough (5), Getz (12), Florimon (10).

IP H R ER BB SO

Kansas City

Shields W,9-8 7Zc 4 1 1 4 7

W.Smith H,1 Xc 0 0 0 0 2

K.Herrera 1 0 0 0 0 2

Minnesota

Correia 7 6 0 0 2 7

Burton L,2-8 Zc 3 4 4 1 1

Thielbar Xc 3 1 1 0 0

Pressly 1 1 1 1 0 0

T—3:10. A—27,006 (39,021).