Gary Gaett homered with the bases full and Minnesota, with Jack O'Connor pitching no-hit ball for 5 1/3 innings, attained a three-game series sweep in Minneapolis that dropped Kansas City into a tie with California for first place in the West Division.
O'Connor (8-7) allowed nine hits in all but he had a 9-0 lead by the time U.L. Washington's bunt became the Royals' first hit, with one out in the sixth.
Twins Manager Billy Gardner, who has picked the Royals to win the division, said if Kansas City loses in California today, the start of a three-game series between the West coleaders, "they are in deep trouble."
Royals Manager Dick Howser did not seem concerned, saying, "I feel that we are exactly where we wanted to be at this point of the race. We're going into California and we've got our three best pitchers going for us."
But Gardner could not hide his smile. His team has gone 40-39 since June 23 and, for the first time since early season, no longer has the worst record in baseball. The Twins went one game up on Cincinnati.