Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Delmon Young hit a solo homer and Carl Pavano was solid in eight innings on the mound, as the Minnesota Twins handled the Kansas City Royals, 6-2, in the second test of a three-game set at Target Field.
Nick Punto scored a run and drove in a run for the Twins, who won 7-3 in the series opener and have won 14 of their last 17 encounters with the Royals. Matt Tolbert, Justin Morneau, and Joe Mauer each knocked in a run for the victors.
Pavano (6-6) gave up two runs on six hits to pick up the win. The oft-injured right-hander also walked two batters and fanned one.
Billy Butler and Jason Kendall each drove in a run for Kansas City, which has lost six of its eight meetings with Minnesota this season. Kyle Davies (4-5) allowed five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits in a 6 2/3-inning start.
With the score tied at 2-2, the Twins plated a run in the fourth to go ahead. Michael Cuddyer singled, Jason Kubel walked, and Young reached first on Mike Aviles' error to load the bases. Danny Valencia drove in a run when he grounded into a double play.
Minnesota added a run in the sixth to make it 4-2. Kubel led off with a double and Valencia singled two batters later. Punto then plated a run when he grounded into a fielder's choice.
Morneau's RBI base hit in the seventh gave the Twins a 5-2 lead, and Tolbert's RBI groundout in the eighth accounted for the final margin.
Young's solo homer to left in the second put Minnesota ahead 1-0.
The Royals responded with two runs in the top of the third to take a 2-1 edge. Yuniesky Betancourt walked and Scott Podsednik singled to put men on the corners with one out. Podsednik stole second before Kendall hit a sacrifice fly. After David DeJesus walked, Butler hit an RBI single to left.
The Twins, though, tied things up in the home half on Mauer's RBI double.
The Twins have won a season-high six straight home games to improve to 20-9 at Target Field this year...The Twins were without shortstop J.J. Hardy (left wrist)...Davies fell to 4-6 lifetime versus the Twins...Pavano improved to 6-5 in 12 career games (11 starts) against Kansas City.