Twins cruise 6-2, set up chance for sweep of Royals
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Jon Rauch pitched a scoreless ninth inning to close the door for the Twins (35-24), who improved to 6-2 this season against the Royals and 20-9 at Target Field in front of a stadium-record crowd of 40,323.
The star was Pavano (6-6), who allowed two runs in the third inning and only four baserunners the rest of the way. It was the eighth time in nine starts -- and fourth in a row -- Pavano has gone at least seven innings, and the Twins gave him plenty of support.
Young opened the scoring in the second inning with a line drive into the second deck in left field -- a blast that traveled an estimated 404 feet.
After Jason Kendall's sacrifice fly and Billy Butler's single put the Royals ahead 2-1 in the top of the third, the Twins tied the score in the bottom half on Joe Mauer's double into the right-field corner.
They took the lead for good in the fourth -- when they loaded the bases with no outs and Michael Cuddyer scored on Danny Valencia's double-play groundout -- and then added a run each in the sixth, seventh and eighth to give Pavano a cushion.
Now, a possible sweep is in the hands of right-hander Scott Baker (5-4, 4.52 ERA), who will start on Thursday against Royals lefty Bruce Chen (2-0, 2.95).