Pinch hitter Roy Smalley singled home two runs off reliever Dan Quisenberry with one out in the ninth inning, giving Minnesota the victory over Kansas City as Ken Schrom pitched the first one-hitter in Minneapolis' Metrodome.
The only hit the Royals got off Schrom (7-5) was a single by Willie Wilson in the third.
Although the Twins were trailing, 1-0, entering their half of the ninth, Schrom received a standing ovation from the home crowd.
"We felt the same way and we already realized what he'd done," Smalley said. "I don't know if I've ever seen a standing ovation for a pitcher who was losing."
Kirby Puckett singled to lead off the Twins' ninth off loser Charlie Leibrandt (6-5) and moved to second on a sacrifice. Kent Hrbek walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. After Tom Brunansky was walked intentionally to fill the bases, Quisenberry came in to face Smalley, who was pinch-hitting for Mickey Hatcher.
Schrom struck out four but walked five and was directly responsible for the Royals' run. After striking out Wilson to start the game, Schrom walked Lonnie Smith, then his pickoff throw went into the Kansas City bullpen, allowing Smith to reach third. He scored on a wild pitch.