Series: Game 1 of 4

Minnesota leads 1-0 (as of 8/22)

Game 1: Thursday, August 22
Minnesota 8Final
Kansas City 6
Game 2: Friday, August 23
Minnesota 9Final
Kansas City 2
Game 3: Saturday, August 24
Minnesota 6Final
Kansas City 5
Game 4: Sunday, August 25
Minnesota 2Final
Kansas City 4

Twins 8

(76-53, 33-30 away)

Royals 6

(52-76, 32-30 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 22, 2002

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    MIN 300010220 8 - -
    KC 102000003 6 - -

    W: J. Santana (7-5)

    L: R. Hernandez (3-2)

    S: E. Guardado (35)

    Twins beats Royals 12th time in 16 tries

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jacque Jones knows that trying to belt home runs is just about the worst thing a hitter can do.

    Jacque Jones

    Nevertheless, it's hard to think about anything else when a guy's riding a streak like this one.

    Jones led off the game with a home run for the third time in four nights Thursday, sparking the Minnesota Twins to an 8-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

    "Let's not talk about me,'' said Jones, who's hit four of his nine leadoff homers against the Royals. "I don't want to talk about it. I don't think about it. I just try to put the ball in play and see what happens.''

    Cristian Guzman homered and ran his hitting streak to 20 games and Luis Rivas hit a two-run shot as the Twins beat the Royals for the 12th time in 16 games.

    "The type of team we have, the offense we have to work with, you know we can score,'' Jones said.

    Jones knocked the second pitch from Runelvys Hernandez (3-2) over the fence in left for his 23rd homer.

    "Jacque Jones has done that against us all year,'' Royals catcher A.J. Hinch said. "He comes out of the gate locked in.''

    Hernandez felt particularly victimized.

    "I threw him a two-seamer down and away. I can't believe that,'' he said. "It was a good pitch.''

    Guzman followed Jones' leadoff homer with a double that stretched his hitting streak to the best for the Twins since Shane Mack's 22-game streak in 1992.

    Guzman was 3-for-4 with three RBI, with an RBI single in the fifth and a two-run homer off Darrell May in the seventh. Raul Ibanez made an outstanding running catch of Guzman's sinking liner into right field in the eighth. Had he missed it, the speedy Guzman may well have had a triple and would have hit for the cycle.

    "He told me he would have stopped at third,'' said Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire. "He said it was too hot to go all around the bases. Ibanez made a fine play on that ball.''

    Rivas hit a two-run homer off May in the eighth. Three of his four home runs this year have come against the Royals.

    Johan Santana (7-5) retired the last 11 batters he faced, going six innings and giving up three runs on six hits, with two walks and five strikeouts.

    The Royals scored three runs in the ninth. Joe Randa and Ibanez hit RBI singles before Eddie Guardado retired Kit Pellow on a flyout for his 35th save.

    Kansas City's Mike Sweeney, the AL's batting leader, was 2-for-3 and raised his average to .351. He was hit in the arm by a pitch from Tony Fiore in the seventh and walked in the ninth.

    Ibanez also hit run-scoring singles in the first and third innings, giving him 59 RBI in his last 52 games.

    Carlos Beltran homered leading off the third, his second home run in two days, to make it 3-2. Ibanez's second RBI single tied it at 3.

    After Guzman's RBI single put the Twins ahead 4-3 in the fifth, Jones singled leading off the seventh ahead of Guzman's eighth home run.

    Hernandez allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.

    Game notes

    The championship flags behind left field representing the years Darrell Porter played in Kansas City, 1977, '78 and '80, were back to full staff for the first time Thursday. They were lowered to half-staff when the former All-Star catcher died suddenly on Aug. 5. ... The Twins have won nine consecutive series against the Royals. ... Jones needs three leadoff homers to tie the single-season major league record of 12 set by Brady Anderson in 1996. ... Ibanez has an eight-game hitting streak.

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