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Updated: July 21st, 2012 9:48pm
Scott Diamond takes first loss since June 19 as Twins fall 7-3 to K.C.

Scott Diamond takes first loss since June 19 as Twins fall 7-3 to K.C.

by The Associated Press
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Lorenzo Cain drove in three runs and Alex Gordon had three hits and scored two runs as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3 on Saturday night.

The skinny

Gordon had his 34th multihit game and is hitting .352 since moving back to the Royals leadoff spot on May 27.

Luis Mendoza (4-6) made his sixth quality start in seven appearances to collect the victory, but only his second since May 13. He yielded three runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Twins rookie left-hander Scott Diamond (8-4) lost for the first time since June 19, spanning five starts. Diamond allowed four runs and 10 hits in six innings.

The Royals led off the first five innings with singles. They also hit into five double plays, four in the first five innings.

Gordon started the first inning with a single and scored on Cain's two-out single.

Mike Moustakas opened the second with a single to center, went to second on Eric Hosmer's single and scored on Yuniesky Betancourt's two-out single.

Jeff Francoeur and Betancourt doubled for the first Kansas City run in the eighth. Gordon singled home Betancourt for other run in the inning.

Aaron Crow worked two spotless innings to log his second save.

The Twins made it 2-2 in the fourth, which Ben Revere started with a triple to the right-field corner and scored on Joe Mauer's groundout. Josh Willingham, who singled, scored the other run of the inning on Chris Parmelee's fielder's choice grounder.

Turning point

The Royals took a 4-2 lead in the fifth when they were aided by an error by Parmelee at first base. Cain singled Gordon home with the first run of the inning. When Parmelee failed to handle Moustakas' hard bouncer, Alcides Escobar scored.

The Twins got a run back in the seventh when Jamey Carroll's double scored Parmelee but never closed the gap.

Health watch

• The Twins placed 1B Justin Morneau on the paternity list and recalled Parmelee from Triple-A Rochester.

On deck

• Sunday: at Kansas City, 1:10 p.m. Twins RHP Sam Deduno (0-0, 5.59 earned-run average) vs. Royals RHP Jeremy Guthrie (0-0, 0.00).

• Monday: at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m. Twins LHP Francisco Liriano (3-9, 4.81) vs. White Sox RHP Gavin Floyd (7-8, 4.54).

• Tuesday: at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m. Twins RHP Cole De Vries (2-2, 3.95) vs. White Sox LHP Jose Quintana (4-1, 2.30).

© The Associated Press