Royals set team record for hits allowed in shutout

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals found an opponent

to play as bad as them.

Emil Brown singled home Denny Hocking with one out in the ninth

to lead Kansas City to a 1-0 victory Wednesday over Minnesota

Twins, which set a Twins' record by getting 13 hits in a shutout.

It also tied for the most hits by a major league team in a

shutout loss since divisional play began in 1969, according to the

Elias Sports Bureau. and it was most the Royals allowed without

giving up a run.

"That's something we do -- 13 hits and not score," Kansas City

outfielder Terrence Long said.

Despite the victory, Kansas City became the first team

eliminated from playoff contention when the New York Yankees beat

Seattle 2-0 later Wednesday.

The Twins' previous record for hits in a shutout was 12 in a 1-0

loss to the California Angels in 1975. The Royals shut out

opponents on 10 hits four times.

Minnesota had runners at second and third with one out in the

ninth but pinch runner Brent Abernathy was thrown out at third

after Mike MacDougal's pitch to Michael Ryan sailed to the

backstop. Abernathy started to come home, then changed his mind and

tried to get back to third but catcher Paul Phillips' throw beat

him.

"If he knew it was going to bounce right back to the catcher,

he'd have a crystal ball," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

"They threw a ball away and it still worked out for them today."

Ryan then took a called third strike. It was the second straight

game every Twins starter hit safely.

"When you have 13 hits and you've got no runs, there's not many

explanations for it," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We were

all over the basepaths. They even throw a wild pitch and it bounces

right back to the catcher.

"I've seen some of the things they've had to endure and I'm

sure they feel they finally got a good break, and they did."

Hocking singled off Matt Guerrier (0-3) leading off the ninth,

and reached second when third baseman Terry Tiffee misplayed a

grounder by Chip Ambres. Terry Mulholland relieved and struck out

Matt Stairs, before Brown grounded a single just inside the bag at

third.

MacDougal (3-4) pitched the ninth for the win, and the Royals,

who had a 19-game losing streak earlier this month, ended a

five-game skid.

"This one's tough," said outfielder Jacque Jones, who was

involved in three double plays. "I take a lot of blame."

The Twins' play was reminiscent of the way the Royals have

stumbled around all season while compiling a major league-worst

43-88 record. Their five wins in August were one better than the

team-record low for any month.

"I've been here three months and I've seen just about

everything I needed to see," said Royals manager Buddy Bell.

Royals starter Mike Wood gave up eight hits and two walks in six

innings but kept the Twins scoreless with the help of double plays

in the first, second and fourth.

With runners at first and second and one out in the fourth,

Tiffee grounded to first baseman Joe McEwing. He threw to second

for the force out there, but the throw back to first to get Tiffee

was late. Jones, who had singled leading off the inning, tried to

score from second but was cut thrown out at home by Wood, who had

covered first.

"You've got a pitcher covering first base. They throw high --

everything's perfect," said Gardenhire. "Their pitcher was aware.

Wood did a great job there. Most pitchers would catch the ball and

start arguing with the umpire. He was very aware. He turned around

looked home. He did a great job on that play."

Wood turned the play after getting a late start off the mound.

"I realized (Tiffe) was going to be safe so I just came off,

got it and threw home," he said. "I used to be a shortstop, so I

know what's going on when it's going on. I had it in my mind it

might happen. I saw him go and (Phillips) made a great tag. I

thought, 'Whew! Got out of that one."

The Twins also had two runners on base with one out in the first

and second innings but Jones and Mike Redmond each rolled into

double plays. Jones also bounced into a double play in the eighth.Game notes
1B Mike Sweeney missed his third straight game with pain in

his lower back. Bell said it is not believed as serious as the

upper back pain which has sidelined Sweeney for long periods

before. ... Twins 2B Nick Punto made an outstanding play in the

first, diving to his right to stop Long's hard-hit grounder and

then throwing him out from his knees. ... Ryan's single in the

seventh stretched his hitting streak to a career-high seven games.