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MLB: Minnesota 3, Kansas City 1 (1st game)

Sept. 1, 2012 at 8:19 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Cole De Vries and three Minnesota relievers combined to hold Kansas City to one run Saturday and the Twins beat the Royals 3-1 in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

De Vries (4-5) yielded a single tally on seven hits, didn't issue a walk and struck out three en route to the victory.

Alex Burnett and Jared Burton combined for 1 1/3 scoreless relief frames and Glen Perkins turned a 1-2-3 ninth for his ninth save as Minnesota took the opener of a three-game series that had been washed out Friday.

Justin Morneau contributed a run-scoring double and a sacrifice fly in the victory.

Kansas City's Will Smith (4-7) was tagged with the loss, yielding three runs on nine hits over six frames.

Johnny Giavotella drove in the Royals' only run.

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