MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Will Smith pitched seven shutout innings, Eric Hosmer homered and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 9-1 on Tuesday night.
Lorenzo Cain had two RBIs and was a home run away from the cycle as Kansas City beat Minnesota for just the sixth time in 16 games.
Salvador Perez extended his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games and threw out two runners trying to steal in support of Smith (5-7), who struck out a career-high seven and gave up seven hits in his first win in four starts.
Ryan Doumit had the Twins' RBI and Ben Revere had three hits.
Joe Mauer was in the initial starting lineup, but was scratched after experiencing back spasms before batting practice.
The atmosphere at Target Field brought back memories of the Metrodome, and not only because of all the empty seats for a September game featuring two teams out of contention.
With two outs and two runners on in the second inning, Cain hit a towering fly to left field. Josh Willingham lost it...