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MLB: Minnesota 3, Kansas City 1

June 27, 2013 at 10:59 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, June 27 (UPI) -- Glen Perkins retired pinch-hitter Miguel Tejada with the potential tying runs in scoring position Thursday to preserve Minnesota's 3-1 victory over Kansas City.

The Twins ended a two-game skid with Justin Morneau and Oswaldo Arcia producing the RBI that staked Minnesota to a 2-0 lead in the fourth.

Samuel Deduno (4-2) allowed a run on five hits over seven innings to get the win. He struck out three while throwing 87 pitches.

Salvador Perez added a home run for the Twins in the fifth and they went into the ninth protecting a two-run advantage.

Perkins came on to close it out, but he walked Billy Butler to lead off the ninth and then gave up a two-out double to pinch-hitter Lorenzo Cain.

That brought up Tejada, who grounded out to third base on a 3-2 pitch. It was the 20th save of the season for Perkins.

Jeremy Guthrie (7-6) was charged with the loss, surrendering two runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

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