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Updated: June 8th, 2010 9:58pm
Slowey baffles Royals' bats, keeps hot streak going as Twins win 7-3

Slowey baffles Royals' bats, keeps hot streak going as Twins win 7-3

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Slowey pitched seven masterful innings on Tuesday night, and the Twins' bats did a number on Kansas City starter Zack Greinke, en route to a 7-3 win over the Royals.

Slowey (7-3, 3.45) retired the first 13 batters he faced and cruised through seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and zero walks while striking out three.

After failing to pitch beyond six innings in eight of his first nine starts, Slowey has now gone at least 6 2/3 in each of his last three outings.

"The velocity's the same, the ball's moving in and out, but I think he's pitching to contact better," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I think he's locating the ball really, really well, and he's getting some quick outs on fly balls and ground balls, and that's what he has to do. Not too many 3-2 counts tonight, which is a good situation when you're getting hitters to swing at the ball and put it in play."

The Twins jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning off Greinke (1-8, 4.05), courtesy of an RBI single by Michael Cuddyer and a two-RBI double by Jason Kubel.

"For me, it's not really about consecutive games or game after game after game," Slowey said. "For me, each game is a challenge. Tonight, we put three up early, which is very important to know you can kind of go right after those hitters."

Denard Span contributed a two-RBI single in the fourth inning, and Kubel added a solo homer in the sixth inning -- his seventh of the season.

Greinke left the game after five innings, allowing six earned runs on nine hits. He walked one and struck out six.

Before the game, starting second baseman Orlando Hudson (wrist) was placed on the disabled list. Cuddyer, who returned from a four-day stint on the bereavement list, took Hudson's roster spot.

The Twins (34-24) have now won five out of seven against Kansas City this season, and they improved their overall home record to 19-9.

RHP Carl Pavano (5-6, 4.11) is scheduled to face RHP Kyle Davies (4-4, 5.49) on Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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