Valencia has 3 RBIs, Twins batter KC 11-2

Published 11:44 pm Tuesday, July 27, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Danny Valencia drove in three runs, Carl Pavano won his eighth straight decision and the Minnesota Twins battered Kansas City 11-2 Tuesday night, completing the worst three-game pitching span in Royals history.

In their last three games, the shell-shocked Royals have been beaten 12-6 by the Yankees and 19-1 and 11-2 by the Twins, snapping the team record of 40 runs allowed in three consecutive games. The 53 hits they’ve given up in the three routs is also the team record for three games in a row.

Joe Mauer, Michael Cuddyer and J.J. Hardy all had two RBIs apiece for the Twins, who totaled 19 hits one night after getting 20.

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The Twins have won six of seven and over their past four games against Baltimore and Kansas City pitching have rung up 47 runs on 72 hits.

Valencia, the rookie third baseman who was 4 for 4 with a grand slam in Monday night’s 19-1 trouncing, had two singles and a double in his first three trips to the plate against Bruce Chen (5-5) but took a called third strike from Robinson Tejeda in the seventh. Until then, he had nine hits in 10 at-bats going back to Sunday in Baltimore. Then, facing Victor Marte in the eighth, he had an RBI single, making him 4 for 5 with three singles and a double.

Mauer, who was 5 for 5 with seven RBIs Monday night, doubled and scored in his first at-bat on Tuesday and was 2 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs.

Pavano (13-6) was not as sharp as he’d been while throwing a shutout against Baltimore in his previous start. But he gave up only one run on five hits in five innings, walking three and striking out two and winning for the fifth time on the road. Jose Guillen’s sacrifice fly in the fifth was the first run Pavano had allowed in 18 straight innings.

Chen was charged with six runs on 11 hits as the Royals lost for the 12th time in 15 games and dropped into a last-place tie with Cleveland in the AL Central.

The Twins picked up right where they’d left off in Monday night’s 19-1 rout, taking a 2-0 lead on RBI singles by Cuddyer and Valencia in the first.

Cuddyer, Mauer, Delmon Young, Valencia, J.J. Hardy and Drew Butera all had a multihit game for the Twins.

In the third, Young doubled and went to third on Cuddyer’s single and Valencia and Hardy followed with RBI singles.

Joe Repko had an RBI single in the sixth and Mauer made it 6-1 with a sacrifice fly to deep center. Mauer, Young, Cuddyer and Valencia all had RBIs in the eighth. J.J. Hardy had a solo homer in the seventh.

After throwing two pitches to Cuddyer in the seventh inning, Royals reliever Kyle Farnsworth left the game with what the club said was an apparent right hamstring cramp.

Scott Podsednik’s RBI single in the sixth extended his hitting streak to 14 games, matching his career-high.

NOTES: The Royals had also snapped their team record for most runs allowed in two consecutive games. The old record was 30. The old record for runs and hits allowed in three straight games was 40 and 50. … Cuddyer’s first-inning single stretched his hitting streak to 12 games. … Pavano retired the side in the fourth on eight pitches.