Morneau's homer helps Twins beat Royals 2-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Justin Morneau homered for the third straight game and Scott Baker labored through five tough innings, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 2-1 victory over the hapless Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

Baker (6-6) fought through a high pitch count to keep Minnesota in a tight game early and the Twins took advantage of another defensive miscue by the Royals for the go-ahead run in the sixth inning.

Morneau provided what little offense the Twins could muster against Brian Bannister (5-6), splashing a solo homer into the fountains in right-center in the fourth inning. The 2006 AL MVP hit a three-run homer against St. Louis on Sunday and had a two-run shot to open the Kansas City series.

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