Kansas City, MO – Jeremy Guthrie tossed six innings of one- run baseball and the Kansas City Royals stopped their franchise-worst 11-game home losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Guthrie (6-3), who had lost his previous three decisions, gave up six hits while striking out four and walking three for the Royals, who won at home for the first time since May 5. He ended a streak of 18 consecutive games by Royals starters without a victory.
"We need to win games here," Guthrie said. "We enjoy playing here. We feel comfortable here, so we need to come and play better and be able to win games at home. Take advantage of what we have here."
David Lough went 2-for-4 with two RBI for Kansas City, which bounced back from a 3-0 loss in the opener of this three-game series on Tuesday. Salvador Perez and Billy Butler added an RBI apiece.
Minnesota starter P.J. Walters (2-1) allowed three unearned runs on seven hits while walking three over six full frames.
"We lost. I gave up three runs. We lost by three," Walters said. "Earned or not, it's still my runs. I still have them up. At the end of the day, my job is to win the games."
Josh Willingham knocked in the lone run for the Twins, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Minnesota's lone run of the game came in the first inning. Eduardo Escobar walked and raced home on Willingham's base hit to right. Willingham went to second on the throw home. Justin Morneau and Chris Parmelee walked to load the bases with two outs, before Brian Dozier fouled out.
The Royals responded with three runs in the bottom half. Eric Hosmer made it to second on Pedro Florimon's throwing error. Perez followed with an RBI single to left. Butler and Lorenzo Cain walked to fill the bags with two outs. Lough followed with a two-run double to center.
The Twins, who went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position, left the bases loaded in the seventh. Morneau walked, Ryan Doumit doubled and Parmelee walked to fill the bags with two outs. Pinch-hitter Chris Herrmann grounded out to end the threat.
Kansas City tacked on an insurance run in the bottom half. Perez worked a two- out walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and raced home on Butler's bloop single to right.
Greg Holland struck out the side in the ninth after putting the first two men on. It was Holland's 10th save of the season.
Guthrie improved to 6-2 lifetime against the Twins ... Minnesota stranded 14 ... Kansas City went 3-for-8 with RISP and left seven men on.