The Twins top Jeremy Guthrie and the Royals 3 to 1

      Samuel Deduno pitched seven sharp innings and one of Justin Morneau's two doubles drove in Minnesota's first run, sending the Twins to a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

      Deduno (4-2) gave up only five hits and, more importantly, one walk.

      He struck out three and let only eight fair balls leave the infield.

      Jared Burton pitched a scoreless eighth and Glen Perkins notched his 20th save in 22 tries with a scoreless ninth inning despite allowing a walk and a double.

      The Twins even managed to beat Jeremy Guthrie (7-6).

      The right-hander topped them twice earlier this season and brought a 6-2 record over nine previous career matchups into the game.