Series: Game 1 of 2

Kansas City leads 1-0 (as of 4/22)

Game 1: Tuesday, April 22
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Game 2: Wednesday, April 23
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Game 2: Thursday, April 24
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Twins 3

(9-11, 6-4 away)

Royals 4

(15-3, 9-0 home)

    8:05 PM ET, April 22, 2003

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    W: R. Hernandez (4-0)

    L: K. Rogers (2-1)

    S: M. MacDougal (8)

    K.C. pitchers survive season-high 10 walks

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Even on a night when their pitchers struggled, the Kansas City Royals kept on winning.

    Joe Randa hit a three-run homer and Runelvys Hernandez overcame wildness to win his fourth straight decision as the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 for their 15th victory in 18 games.

    Kansas City pitchers walked a season-high 10, but the early 4-0 lead was just enough. Mike MacDougal allowed a pair of runs in the ninth before completing the four-hitter.

    "You just try to get them into some kind of rhythm," catcher Brent Mayne said. "Runelvys didn't have quite the control he's had the last three or four games. Neither did MacDougal. They still battled through it. Runelvys just kept going at it, mixing his pitches up."

    Randa broke a scoreless tie with the third-inning homer off Kenny Rogers (2-1) that followed a single by Carlos Febles and a walk by Michael Tucker. Randa also had three RBIs and a home run in Sunday's 4-3 win over Detroit.

    "As a hitter, you like those opportunities to drive in runs," Randa said. "Being in the two-hole you don't get as many, so the last couple of days have been pretty gratifying to me."

    Raul Ibanez added an RBI double later in the inning as the Royals sent Minnesota to its fifth consecutive loss. Kansas City, which has won four straight, is off to the best start in the history of the franchise, which started play in 1969.

    Hernandez (4-0) gave up one run and three hits in 6 2-3 innings and walked a career-high six -- all in the first five innings.

    "I was missing (with) my breaking ball, but I came back with my fastball and kept the team in the game," Hernandez said.

    He retired seven straight batters before Cristian Guzman's seventh-inning single.

    "He threw too many changeups and too many sliders early in the game," Kansas City manager Tony Pena said. "Late in the game, he threw his fastball."

    Hernandez's league-leading ERA rose from 1.09 to 1.10. MacDougal pitched the ninth for his major league-leading eighth save in eight chances.

    Bobby Kielty had an RBI groundout in the ninth that ended a 19-inning scoreless streak for the Kansas City bullpen, and Torii Hunter followed with an RBI single. With runners at the corners and two outs, Doug Mientkiewicz struck out.

    "I definitely made it interesting," MacDougal said. "Luckily I got out of it. My control just wasn't quite as sharp. I need to clean that up a bit."

    Rogers gave up all four runs, seven hits and four walks in six innings.

    Minnesota, coming off four straight losses at home against the New York Yankees, got its first run on Luis Rivas' fifth-inning homer -- the first off Hernandez this season.

    "We didn't cash in," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That's been our problem all year. We didn't win, but we found a little bit of ourselves in the end."

    Game notes
    Kielty was 0-for-2 with three walks, ending his career-high 12-game hitting streak. ... Carlos Beltran, who began the season on the disabled list and missed the first 14 games, is hitless in 13 at-bats. ... The Twins dropped to 6-1 against the AL Central. They were 50-25 in the division last season.

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