Royals Win to Keep Twins Out of First

The Associated Press
Thursday, September 28, 2006; 1:07 AM

MINNEAPOLIS -- The lowly Kansas City Royals prevented Minnesota from moving into a first-place tie.

David DeJesus and Mike Sweeney homered, Mark Redman pitched eight strong innings, and the Royals ended an eight-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory Wednesday night over the Twins.

With a win, Minnesota could have pulled even with Detroit atop the AL Central standings. The Tigers lost 7-4 to Toronto.

Detroit and Minnesota already have clinched playoff berths, but the division champion still has to be decided. If they finish tied, the Tigers would take the division title because they won the season series 11-8. The Twins remained one game behind Detroit with four to play.

"It's disappointing," Twins right fielder Michael Cuddyer said. "We feel that we missed an opportunity. But at the same time, we can't get down. We haven't gotten down all year."

Redman (11-10) allowed three runs and nine hits for the Royals, who won for the first time since a 7-4 home victory Sept. 16 against Seattle. John Buck went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Joe Nelson allowed a leadoff homer in the ninth to Cuddyer but earned his ninth save.

The victory was the first for Kansas City interim manager Billy Doran (1-5), who is filling in for Buddy Bell. He is still recovering after having his tonsils removed Friday.

"It was nice to get a win for Buddy," Doran said. "I know he's home watching. As tough as it is on us, having to go through all this, I don't think words can describe what an emotional time this has been."

Rondell White was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Minnesota, which had won four straight.

Carlos Silva (10-15) lasted just four innings for the Twins and might have cost himself a chance at starting in the postseason. The right-hander gave up five runs and six hits, including the two home runs. Silva has allowed 38 homers this season, worst in the major leagues.

"I felt good, but I missed my spots," Silva said. "No matter what team you face, if you miss your spots, you're going to get hurt."

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