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Minnesota Twins Finish Off Sweep Of Royals

Well that is definitely a series Royals fans will soon like to forget, as has been the past month. 

Back on May 12, after beating the Yankees 11-5, the Royals stood at 20-17 overall and now three weeks later sit at 25-34 after a 6-0 loss to the Twins on Sunday. 5-17 over the last 22 games has put a pretty larger damper on hopes of Kansas City finishing near .500 this season.

Jeff Francis took to the hill today for the Royals trying to stop the bleeding, but Minnesota jumped on the Royals early scoring three runs in the first inning, thanks largely to a Jason Repko two-run single to center. Francis responded nicely, pitching seven innings, as the Twins scored just four runs on six hits. However only one Minnesota run was warned against Francis who fell to 2-6 on the year.

Repko would again have an RBI single in the sixth, and Matt Tolbert tripled in the ninth inning to score the final two runs against the recently recalled Jesse Chavez as the Twin finished off the four game sweep of Kansas City.

Brian Duensing was solid, moving to 3-5, as he went eight innings allowing just six hits.\

Billy Butler lead the Royals attack at the plate going 3-for-3 with a walk, improving his hitting line to .305/.402/.427.

Butler and Eric Hosmer have been really solid at the plate recently, however the Royals aren't getting enough offense from the bottom half of the order. Combine that with bad starting pitching, and a tired bullpen and the Royals haven't been able to find ways to score enough runs recently to keep themselves in ball games.

Kansas City begins a four-game series with the Blue Jays on Monday night in Kansas City, their first time playing Toronto this season. Felipe Paulino gets the start facing Brandon Morrow tomorrow evening at 7:10.

Sunday's boxscore can be view here.