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Gordon's walk-off blast sinks Twins

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the ninth as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Tuesday night.

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Gordon homered on the second pitch from Glen Perkins (3-1) with shortstop Alcides Escobar aboard. Escobar opened the inning with a single to center.

Wade Davis picked up the victory, working a perfect ninth.

The Royals offense did nothing against Twins right-handed starter Ricky Nolasco.

Nolasco pitched like the Twins expected when they signed him to a four-year, $48 million contract in December, but has been disappointing most of the season.

Nolasco restricted the Royals to three singles, walked one, struck out six and twice hit first baseman Billy Butler with pitches in seven innings to lower his ERA to 5.62.

Right-hander Jared Burton worked a spotless eighth, but left-hander Perkins failed to hold it.

First baseman Joe Mauer’s seventh-inning single scored second baseman Brian Dozier, who led off the inning with a double, for the only run. Mauer has driven in 99 runs at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals threatened in the second when first baseman Billy Butler was hit by a Ricky Nolasco pitch and catcher Salvador Perez dropped a lazy fly ball into left for a single. Designated hitter Josh Willingham, who the Royals acquired from the Twins in an Aug. 11 trade, rolled into a double play and third baseman Mike Moustakas flied out to left to end the inning.

MIN ab r h bi KC ab r h bi

Santana cf 4 0 1 0 Dyson cf 4 0 1 0

Dozier 2b 4 1 1 0 Escobar ss 4 1 1 0

Mauer 1b 4 0 1 1 Gordon lf 4 1 2 2

Vargas dh 4 0 1 0 Butler 1b 1 0 0 0

Arcia rf 2 0 0 0 Perez c 3 0 1 0

Plouffe 3b 3 0 0 0 Wllnghm dh 3 0 0 0

Suzuki c 3 0 0 0 Moustks 3b 3 0 0 0

Escobar ss 2 0 0 0 Cain rf 3 0 0 0

Schafer lf 3 0 1 0 Colon 2b 2 0 0 0

Totals 29 1 5 1 Totals 27 2 5 2

Minnesota 000 000 100 — 1

Kansas City 000 000 002 — 2

LOB—Kansas City 0, Minnesota 0. 2B—Dozier (29). HR—A.Gordon (16). SB—C.Colon (2). CS—J.Dyson (6).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Nolasco 7 3 0 0 1 6

Burton H, 13 1 0 0 0 0 2

Perkins L, 3-1 BS, 5 0 2 2 2 0 0

Kansas City

D.Duffy 6 X\c 4 1 1 2 4

K.Herrera 1 Z\c 1 0 0 0 2

W.Davis W, 6-2 1 0 0 0 0 0

Inherited runners-scored—K.Herrera 1-0. HBP—Butler 2 (by Nolasco). WP—K.Herrera (1).

Umpires—Home, Dana DeMuth; First, Ron Kulpa; Second, Ed Hickox; Third, Lance Barrett.

T—2:38. A—13,847 (40,052)

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