Royals’ Offense Again Anemic Against Twins, Perez & Herrera Back

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Ryan Doumit homered and drove in a pair of runs Tuesday night, sending the Minnesota Twins to a 3-0 victory and the Kansas City Royals to their franchise-record 11th straight home loss.

Samuel Deduno (2-1) allowed four hits over six-plus innings for the Twins, who have rebounded nicely from a 10-game losing streak to win eight of 10. They also managed to exact a little revenge on the Royals, who swept them in early April a three-game set that seems long ago.

While the Twins have soared, the Royals have lost 22 of their last 28 games.

The way Kansas City has been hitting lately, the game was basically decided when Doumit went deep off Luis Mendoza (1-3) leading off the fourth inning. But just to be safe, Doumit and Josh Willingham added RBI singles in the fifth inning to provide the Twins with a three-run cushion.

Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save.

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The Royals reinstated catcher Salvador Perez from the restricted list and recalled right-hander Kelvin Herrera from Triple-A Omaha before Tuesday night’s game.

To clear roster space, the Royals optioned catcher Adam Moore and reliever Louis Coleman to Omaha.

Perez left the club May 26 after the death of his grandmother. He was placed on the bereavement list for the maximum of seven days before going on the restricted list.

Herrera was sent to Omaha after struggling to control home runs. The hard-throwing Herrera threw 4 2-3 shutout innings over five appearances for the Storm Chasers.

The Royals also claimed outfielder Quintin Berry off waivers from the Detroit Tigers and optioned him to Omaha. He was hitting .168 in 49 games for Triple-A Toledo this season.