Hernandez Pitches Twins Past Royals

Ex-National Leaguer improves to 3-0 for first time since 2002
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2008 1:13 AM CDT
Minnesota Twins pitcher Joe Nathan, left, talks with catcher Joe Mauer before facing Kansas City Royals' Alberto Callaspo n the ninth inning of their game in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, April 11, 2008.    (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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(Newser) – Livan Hernandez scattered seven hits over seven innings to win his third straight start, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 on Friday. He struck out three and walked one, lowered his earned run average to 2.57, and is 3-0 for the first time since 2002, when he won his first four starts for San Francisco.

Carlos Gomez doubled, tripled and drove in two runs, while Justin Morneau homered to lead off the third inning on the first pitch from Gil Meche. The Twins sent eight men to the plate in a four-run second, highlighted by Gomez's double that scored Brendan Harris and Denard Span, who also had his first career RBI in the inning.