The slide known as the 2004 season continued for the Royals last night in a 9-0 loss to the Twins in Minneapolis. Minnesota jumped out to lead by scoring six runs off Royals starter Jimmy Gobble. Joe Mauer, Nick Punto and Jacque Jones drove in two runs apiece, to hand Kansas City its sixth straight loss. Meanwhile, Twins starter Brad Radke was virtually unstoppable—he went the distance to record a complete-game, four-hit shut out and improved to 5-4 on the season. Gobble dropped to 4-6. The Royals have lost 11-of-12 and have had almost no offense in that time. In the 12 games since the Carlos Beltran trade, the Royals have averaged 2.5 runs per game and are hitting .191 as a team. They’re 29-51, which is the worst record after 80 games in Royals history.
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