The Twins opened a series at Kauffman Stadium by defeating the Royals 3-0 Tuesday night. The win improves the Twins to 26-29 on the season.

Sam Deduno pitched into the seventh inning to earn the win, finishing the game with only four hits allowed and five strikeouts. Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save.

Ryan Doumit had a pair of RBI for the Twins including a solo home run, and Josh Willingam singled to score Joe Mauer to account for the Twins other run in the game.

The Twins and Royals will play again on Wednesday night.