Twins Shut Out Punchless Royals Again

Kubel homers, Bonser pitches 6 scoreless innings
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 13, 2008 6:40 AM CDT
Minnesota Twins second baseman Brendan Harris throws to first for the game-ending double play hit into by Kansas City Royals' Miguel Olivo as Alex Gordon slides into second last night.    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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(Newser) – Boof Bonser pitched six innings and Jason Kubel homered and scored twice, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 2-0 victory and a second straight shutout over the punchless Kansas City Royals last night. Bonser (1-2) did not give up a hit until Ross Gload singled with one out in the fifth. Constantly blowing into his hands as the wind chill registered in the mid-30s, the right-hander allowed three hits, two walks, and struck out four.

Kubel hit a solo shot off Brett Tomko (1-1) in the third. Tomko gave up six hits and two runs in six-plus innings, with one walk, one strikeout, and a painful stop of a hard grounder off his left leg that he somehow turned into an out. Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his fourth save as the Royals' scoreless streak reached 26 innings.