Twins take a Royal beating

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- John Buck and Reggie Sanders each had two hits and two RBIs and Mark Grudzielanek had three hits as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 on Wednesday night.

The Royals, who have won 11 of their last 16 games, snapped a 3-3 tie with a three-run seventh.

Sanders scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball charged to Joe Mauer and Buck's two-out double then scored Esteban German, who had a pinch-hit single, and Angel Berroa, who was walked intentionally.

Jesse Crain (2-5), the second of four Minnesota pitchers, took the loss.

Mauer's two-out single in the fifth scored Bartlett and Castillo, who both walked. Mauer went 1-for-3 and leads the majors with a .391 batting average.


Twins starter Brad Radke allowed three runs and 11 hits over five innings. He is 1-5 with a 6.52 ERA in nine road starts, compared to 6-2 with a 3.95 ERA in nine starts at home.

Morneau doubled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games. He has hit safely in 24 of his last 25 games.


Augustus scores 25 to help snap losing streak

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Rookie Seimone Augustus scored 25 points and the Minnesota Lynx snapped a five-game losing streak with an 84-74 victory over the Washington Mystics on Wednesday night.

Augustus had 17 points in the first half to help Minnesota build a 10-point lead, but was held scoreless in the third period. She bounced back to make four big shots in the fourth quarter for the Lynx.

Amber Jacobs added 15 points for the Minnesota, and Rochester native Coco Miller scored 8 for Washington.

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