Royals 6, Twins 4

MINNEAPOLIS -- Backed by seven innings of one-run pitching from left-hander Jason Vargas, Kansas City defeated Minnesota at Target Field.

The victory was the Royals' third in the four-game series here and moved them to two full games ahead of idle Detroit atop the American League Central standings.

Vargas was nearly flawless through seven, allowing only a solo homer to Oswaldo Arcia in his final inning of work. Before that, it was three harmless singles. In between, Vargas retired 10 in a row through the middle innings, allowing only the four hits and a walk en route to his 10th win of the year.

The only concerning news to come from the night for the Royals was the early departure of catcher Salvador Perez, who left the game in the seventh inning with a sore right knee. Team officials declared him day-to-day, but the removal from the game is believed to have been precautionary.