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Twins beat Royals, Pavano wins No. 100

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Carl Pavano throws during the first inning. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Carl Pavano earned his 100th career victory and Michael Cuddyer homered as the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 Friday night.

Pavano (3-5), who was 0-3 with a 5.28 ERA in six May starts, won for the first time since April 24. He held the Royals to two runs and eight hits in his first complete game since Sept. 10, 2010, after throwing seven complete games last year. He threw 83 strikes in 112 pitches.

In his 13th season, Pavano is 100-94 in 270 games -- 252 starts for five teams.

Cuddyer homered off Royals rookie left-hander Danny Duffy in the third. It was Cuddyer's 18th career home run against the Royals.

Denard Span drove in Ben Revere and Drew Butera with a two-out double in the second inning. Duffy walked Butera, who was hitting .133, before Span hit a liner over center fielder Melky Cabrera's head.

Duffy (0-1), who was making his fourth big league start, departed after 96 pitches and five innings, yielding three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out three.

Butera's sixth inning double to left off Tim Collins scored Luke Hughes to give the Twins a 4-2 advantage. Butera's sacrifice fly in the eighth scored Delmon Young to pad the Twins lead.

The Royals scored both of their runs in the fourth when they grouped four singles with Alex Gordon and Brayan Pena driving in the runs. Billy Butler had three of the Royals' nine hits.

Royals rookie first baseman Eric Hosmer had a ground-rule double in the third that bounced off the padding and a fan picked it up over the fence.

The umpiring crew reviewed it and called it a double, not a home run.