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BOX; TWINS 3, ROYALS 2

David Ortiz, in his first game since coming off the disabled list, doubled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning as the Minnesota Twins overcame an injury to Brad Radke and beat Kansas City 3-2 Monday night.

Radke allowed only one hit in the first two innings, then was taken out because of pulled right groin muscle. There was no report on the severity of his injury by the time the game ended.

Ortiz had missed 18 games following surgery to remove a bone chip in his left knee and was activated just before the game. He doubled off the wall in right-center field against Jason Grimsley (1-2) as Doug Mientkiewicz scored all the way from first.

J.C. Romero (3-0) pitched 2 2-3 innings of one-hit relief for the victory that put the Twins ahead of the Royals 241-240 in the all-time series.

Eddie Guardado worked the ninth for his league-leading 13th save in 13 opportunities.

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The Royals, going for their first four-game win streak since last Aug. 9-12, scored in the fourth when Carlos Beltran came home on Mark Quinn's fielder's choice grounder.

MINNESOTA KANSAS; CITY

ab r h bi ab r h bi

; Cnizaro 2b 4 0 1 0 Knblch; lf 3 0 0 0

; CGzmn ss 5 0 1 1 Tucker; dh 2 1 1 0

; Mntkw 1b 3 1 0 0 MiSwy; 1b 3 0 0 0

; DOrtiz dh 4 0 1 1 Beltran; cf 3 1 0 0

; Kielty dh 0 0 0 0 Randa; 3b 4 0 1 0

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; THnter cf 4 0 0 0 Quinn; rf 4 0 0 1

; Bchnan rf 4 1 2 1 NPerez; ss 4 0 2 0

; JJones lf 0 0 0 0 Brito; c 3 0 0 0

; Mohr lf 4 0 1 0 Hinch; ph 1 0 0 0

; Prince c 3 1 1 0 Febles; 2b 3 0 0 0

; Hcking 3b 2 0 0 0 Berger; ph 1 0 0 0

; Totals 33 3 7 3 Totals 31 2 4 1

; Minnesota 000 011 010 -- 3

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; Kansas City 000 110 000 -- 2

; E--CGuzman (6), Beltran (1). LOB--Minnesota 8, Kansas City 7. 2B--DOrtiz (3), Prince (3), NPerez 2 (9). HR--Buchanan (4). SB--Tucker (6), Beltran (12). S--Hocking 2.

IP H R ER BB SO

; Minnesota

Radke 2 1 0 0 0 2

; Fiore 2 2 1 1 3 0

; Cressend 2-3 0 1 0 2 0

; Romero W,3-0 2; 2-3 1 0 0 0 1

; MJackson 2-3 0 0 0 0 2

; Guardado S,13 1 0 0 0 0 1

; Kansas City

Affeldt 5; 2-3 5 2 2 1 3

; Reichert 1; 1-3 1 0 0 0 0

; Grimsley L,1-2 1 1 1 1 1 0

; BShouse 1 0 0 0 0 0

; HBP--by BShouse (Prince).

Umpires--Home, Ted Barrett; First, Brian Runge; Second, Tim McClelland; Third, Chuck Meriwether.

T--2:51. A--12,389 (40,793).

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