Posted June 30, 2012 on AP on Fox
Joe Mauer homered, rookie Cole De Vries threw six strong innings and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 Saturday to sweep a day-night doubleheader. Josh Willingham and Chris Parmelee also homered for the Twins, who finished June with a 14-13 record - their first winning month in almost a year. The Twins took the opener 7-2 as Scott Diamond pitched eight solid innings and Trevor Plouffe homered. Pitching in front of his hometown fans, De Vries (2-1) struck out a career-high six and held the Royals to five hits. Kansas City's lone run against him came on Billy Butler's homer leading off the second. Luke Hochevar (5-8) allowed five runs and eight hits, including Minnesota's three homers. A night after throwing five relief innings, the Twins' bullpen was needed for only four combined in the doubleheader thanks to Diamond and De Vries. De Vries struck out four in the first two innings, fanning Jarrod Dyson and Alcides Escobar to work out of a second...
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