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Twins Shut Down by Vargas in 5-0 Loss to Royals

Updated: 04/21/2014 1:40 PM
Created: 04/18/2014 10:01 PM KSTP.com

Jason Vargas pitched seven shutdown innings, Mike Moustakas cracked a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals romped to a 5-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

Alcides Escobar had three hits and Omar Infante also drove in two runs for the Royals, who followed up a sweep at the hands of Minnesota last weekend by sweeping Houston and then taking the first of their three-game set against the Twins this weekend.

Ricky Nolasco (1-2) gave up five runs on 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings for the Twins.

Vargas (2-0), who signed a $32 million, four-year deal in the offseason, allowed seven hits while striking out four in another dazzling start. The crafty left-hander lowered his ERA to 1.24 while going at least seven innings in each of his four outings this season.

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A ground ball hit by Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer gets past Minnesota Twins shortstop Pedro Florimon (25) during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, April 18, 2014.
Photo: AP/Orlin Wagner
Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas (8) is congratulated by teammate Billy Butler (16) after hitting a two-run home run off Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco.
Photo: AP/Orlin Wagner

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