The Kansas City Royals picked up a rare win over the Minnesota Twins to open their three-game series.
Not facing Joe Mauer probably helped.
Mauer's status for Wednesday night's game is uncertain as the Royals try to clinch their first series win against the Twins this season.
Kansas City was 5-10 against Minnesota before a 9-1 win Tuesday. Will Smith struck out seven in seven scoreless innings, Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run triple during a three-run second inning and the Royals broke open a close game with four runs in the eighth.
Salvador Perez, who had two hits, extended his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games while throwing out two runners. He's batting .365 with nine RBIs during the streak.
"That guy's awesome," Smith said about Perez. "He's so good. You love having him back there. You feel confident that the running game, he's just going to completely shut it down."
The Twins came in averaging 5.3 runs and hitting .280 against the Royals this year, including 6.3 runs pe...