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Twins, Pavano roll over Royals

Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer watches his single off Kansas City Royals pitcher Kyle Davies as he heads back to first during the first inning Wednesday. AP Photo/Jim Mone

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Carl Pavano pitched eight strong innings, Delmon Young homered and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Wednesday night.

Joe Mauer hit an RBI double and Jason Kubel had two hits to back Pavano (6-6), who lost three of his previous four starts. The right-hander limited Kansas City to two runs and six hits while striking out one.

He retired his last nine batters and faced more than four Royals in an inning only twice.

Jon Rauch pitched a scoreless ninth, wrapping up the fourth victory in five games for the AL Central leaders. The crowd of 40,323 was Minnesota's first of more than 40,000 at Target Field.

Pavano entered with the worst run support of Minnesota's starters and had won only once since May 13.

But he has pitched at least seven innings in four consecutive starts.