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Carrasco recovers from poor outing for win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals salvaged one victory
from a terrible road trip, depriving the Minnesota Twins of a sweep
they sure could have used.

David DeJesus drove in a run and tied a career high with four
hits, D.J. Carrasco rebounded from a rough start last week and the
Royals beat the Twins 3-1 on Wednesday to stop an eight-game losing
streak.

Kansas City avoided a franchise-worst 0-9 road trip, a mark set
in 1986 and matched in 2000. New manager Buddy Bell's young team
started 12-6 after he was hired, then skidded again.

"Just for us to get a win tonight was awesome," said Carrasco,
forgetting that the game was actually in the afternoon -- perhaps
another sign that the Royals were more than eager to return home.

Minnesota, which left 10 runners on base and four in scoring
position, missed out on a fourth straight victory. Brad Radke (5-8)
lost his fourth straight start, yielding three runs and 10 hits
without a walk in seven innings while striking out five -- though he
certainly pitched well enough to win.

"We didn't get it done, and it's too bad," manager Ron
Gardenhire said. "Rad pitched his tail off."

Carrasco (3-3), making his ninth start of the season, gave up
eight runs in 3 1/3 innings at Colorado last week. He allowed one
run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, escaping a bases-loaded, no-out
situation in the seventh with just one run across. Mike MacDougal
got four outs for his ninth save in 11 chances.

"It's nice to win, especially with the day off tomorrow," Bell
said. "These guys can enjoy being with their families a little
better."

Radke, who has allowed 21 earned runs in the first during his 17
starts this season, fell behind 2-0 in his least favorite inning.

DeJesus led off with a single, and Terrence Long drove him in
with a ground-rule double to center. Matt Stairs made it 2-0 when
his popup to shallow left fell in front of Shannon Stewart and Lew
Ford for a single that scored Long, who had advanced on a throwing
error by shortstop Luis Rivas.

Stewart lost track of Stairs' hit, yet another ball camouflaged
in the Metrodome's gray ceiling.

"That's just the way it is, playing in this place," Radke
said. "You've just got to live with it."

Kansas City added another run in the fourth, when Tony
Graffanino singled and scored on a base hit by DeJesus -- who has a
hit in 26 of his last 33 games. He's batting .323 (42-for-130) over
that span.

But Radke settled down and wound up with his best outing in six
starts since June 1. Fighting soreness in his neck this month that
has prompted regular visits to a chiropractor, Radke gave up 14
runs in 21 2/3 innings over his previous four outings.

Control has been a problem for Carrasco, and he walked three
with a hit batter and a balk. But Carrasco still had enough to win
for the first time in four starts.

"It's definitely easier to pitch with a cushion," he said.
"To jump on a guy like that with two runs -- it got him on his
heels, where I can pitch freely."

Stewart was thrown out at the plate trying to come around from
second on a two-out single by Joe Mauer in the third, and Luis
Rodriguez got caught in a rundown between third and home with one
out when Justin Morneau hit a bouncer in front of the mound.

With the bases loaded and none out in the seventh, Rivas struck
out and Stewart hit a sacrifice fly. Jimmy Gobble relieved, walking
Rodriguez to reload the bases before retiring Mauer on a fly to
center.

After losing 11 out of 15 earlier this month, the Twins are
still trying to find their stride and figure out how to catch
Chicago in the AL Central race.

"We got in a little rut, so to win two out of three I think is
a positive for us," Stewart said.

Game notes
The Twins paid tribute to the 100th anniversary of
Archibald "Moonlight" Graham's two-inning major league career
with the New York Giants in a pregame ceremony. Graham, who gained
post-mortem fame in the movie "Field of Dreams," spent 50 years
as a doctor in the northern Minnesota mining town of Chisholm. ...
Rivas hasn't had an extra-base hit since last Sept. 20, when he
homered in the ninth inning against the White Sox. That's a span of
103 at-bats. ... Emil Brown doubled with one out in the seventh,
extending his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games. ... Twins
third baseman Michael Cuddyer bruised his left hand when he was hit
by a pitch from Carrasco in the seventh. He later left the game for
X-rays, which were negative. Outfielder Michael Ryan filled in,
making his first career appearance at third.