Bruce Chen outdueled Francisco Liriano to make a lone run scored in the second inning stand up Tuesday night, giving the Kansas City Royals a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Chen (5-5) allowed four hits without a walk to win for the fifth time in six starts. The 34-year-old left-hander relied on some veteran guile to strike out five without allowing a runner past second.
Liriano (1-6) allowed only four hits in six innings, but three of them came in the second when the Twins' failure to turn a double play proved costly. It allowed Brayan Pena to send an RBI single rolling through the left side of the infield for the game's only run.
Greg Holland worked around an error in the eighth for Kansas City, and Jonathan Broxton left runners on first and second in the ninth for his 14th save of the season.
Chen has been the Royals' most dependable starter the past couple seasons, and he proved his worth to their patchwork rotation again versus their AL Central rivals.
He retired the...