Series: Game 1 of 4

Kansas City leads 1-0 (as of 7/15)

Game 1: Thursday, July 15
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Game 2: Friday, July 16
Kansas City12
Game 3: Saturday, July 17
Kansas City1
Game 4: Sunday, July 18
in 10
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Twins 1

(47-41, 21-19 away)

Royals 3

(32-54, 20-24 home)

    8:10 PM ET, July 15, 2004

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    W: Z. Greinke (2-6)

    L: K. Lohse (3-7)

    S: R. Bukvich (1)

    Greinke tosses seven strong

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Maybe young Zack Greinke has finally found the formula for success: Hold the opponent to one run for seven innings and then let five relievers finish the job.

    Greinke pitched seven strong innings and Kansas City used five pitchers to get the last six outs Thursday night, beating the Minnesota Twins 3-1 and enabling Greinke to snap his five-game losing skid.

    The 20-year-old right-hander (2-6) had been unable to win despite allowing only 10.45 baserunners per nine innings, second in the AL. In his first nine starts, the Royals had supported the baby-faced rookie with an average of only two runs per game.

    "I don't know how everyone feels," Greinke said. "I just know that losing as many times as I did, and our team losing, it was a tough time for everyone and it was real tough for me. It feels good to get a win."

    He gave up four hits and one run, with one walk and four strikeouts.

    "I was just trying not to change anything and stay aggressive and not walk anyone like I did," Greinke said. "My velocity was better today."

    Mike Sweeney had three hits, including an RBI single in the first inning that broke Kansas City's 31-inning scoring drought against Minnesota.

    The Royals had not scored off their AL Central rivals since the fifth inning of their game on May 30. Kyle Lohse, Brad Radke and Johan Santana all threw complete-game shutouts last week as the Twins outscored the Royals 25-0 in a three-game sweep.

    On Thursday, David DeJesus and Tony Graffanino each singled leading off against Lohse (3-7) and then Sweeney and Ken Harvey -- breaking an 0-for-21 skid -- stroked RBI singles giving the Royals a 2-0 lead.

    "It's very simple -- we had a different lineup," Royals manager Tony Pena said. "We didn't have Sweeney last week."

    Sweeney is batting .579 with two home runs and nine RBI in four games since missing six straight games with a sore back.

    Three of Greinke's 10 starts have been against the Twins.

    "He changes speeds, moves the ball in and out, doesn't throw too many balls out over the middle of the plate," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said.

    "He makes adjustments to the hitters when they're trying to make adjustments to him. He does a very good job of messing up the hitters' timing and that's what hitting is all about -- timing."

    Greinke gave up leadoff singles in each of the first two innings and then did not allow a base runner until walking Corey Koskie in the fifth. Koskie was wiped out on Torii Hunter's fielder's choice but then Matt LeCroy's RBI double made it 3-1.

    The Royals added a run in the fourth when Berroa singled, stole second, went to third on an infield out and came home on Lohse's wild pitch.

    Scott Sullivan got two outs and Jamie Cerda one in the eighth, then Nate Field came on for the ninth.

    After getting one out, Field put two runners on. Dennys Reyes relieved and struck out Koskie, then Ryan Bukvich struck out Hunter for his first career save.

    Lohse (3-7) was charged with three runs on eight hits in five innings, with two walks and two strikeouts.

    Game notes

    OF Shannon Stewart had two singles in his first game since going on the DL May 18. The Twins put 1B Doug Mientkiewicz on the 15-day DL with a sore wrist. ... C Joe Mauer was held out of the lineup with swelling in his surgically repaired left knee but pinch-hit in the eighth and struck out. ... SS Cristian Guzman sat out after being treated for a nosebleed. ... Royals 3B Joe Randa figures he's ahead of schedule and could be back next week from arthroscopic knee surgery. ... Greinke has led off eight of his 10 starts with strikes. ... Since undergoing knee surgery last week, Royals' third base coach John Mizerock has switched places with first-base coach Luis Silverio.

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