August 30, 2014

Vargas goes seven shutout innings and Ibanez hits his first homer with the Royals as they take the rubber game at Minnesota

Raul Ibanez is greeted at home plate after scoring a run.  (photo/MLB)

Raul Ibanez is greeted at home plate after scoring a run. (photo/MLB)

Jason Vargas threw seven scoreless innings, and Raul Ibanez hit his first home run since joining the club as the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-0 to take two out of three in the series.

Ibanez finished with two hits and two runs scored and Mike Moustakas and Jarrod Dyson hit RBI singles in the second inning against Kevin Correia (4-10).  Ibanez tacked on an insurance run in the eighth.  Eric Hosmer, who walked three times, added an RBI single in the ninth inning for good measure.

Vargas improved to 4-1 in his last eight starts. Vargas becomes the first Royals lefty to win eight games or more since 2003.