Kevin Slowey pitched a six-hitter and Carlos Gomez had four hits and two RBIs, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 5-1 victory Thursday night over the punchless Kansas City Royals, who lost their 11th in a row.

The 11-game skid is the longest in the majors this year and Kansas City’s worst since a 13-game skid May 12-25, 2006.


Kevin Slowey pitched a six-hitter and Carlos Gomez had four hits and two RBIs, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 5-1 victory Thursday night over the punchless Kansas City Royals, who lost their 11th in a row.

The 11-game skid is the longest in the majors this year and Kansas City’s worst since a 13-game skid May 12-25, 2006.

Slowey (2-4), in his 17th major league start, did not allow a runner as far as second base until David DeJesus and Alex Gordon doubled in the ninth. The right-hander struck out six and walked none. Until Gordon’s RBI double in the ninth, he had pitched 14 straight scoreless innings for the Twins, who are 5-1 on a six-game trip to Detroit and Kansas City.

The poster boy for the Royals’ futility streak could be Luke Hochevar, who has started three of the 11 games and has seen his team score only one run for him. The rookie right-hander (3-5) started the first game of the streak when Boston’s Jon Lester no-hit KC in a 7-0 win. Next he lost 6-0 to Jesse Litsch’s complete-game seven-hitter in Toronto.

Against the Twins, Hochevar went 5 1-3 innings, giving up nine hits and five runs, with three walks and three strikeouts.

Michael Cuddyer’s RBI single scored Joe Mauer with Minnesota’s first run in the fourth, then the Twins loaded the bases with two out. But DeJesus, playing left field, made a terrific running catch of Mike Lamb’s foul pop for the third out.

Gomez doubled in the fifth and made it 2-0 on Mauer’s double.

After Jason Kubel and Craig Monroe singled leading off the sixth, Lamb laid down what looked like a sacrifice bunt. But after Hochevar fielded the ball, he paused too long looking at third and failed to get the ball to first in time to retire Lamb. So the bunt went as a base hit and the bases were loaded with no out.

After Brendan Harris’ sacrifice fly made it 3-0, Hochevar was relieved by Ron Mahay, who gave up a two-run single to Gomez.

It was the second consecutive strong start by Slowey, who lost his first four decisions this season but stopped a personal five-game losing streak in his previous start at Detroit.

Outfielder Jose Guillen, who went on a profane tirade after Wednesday night’s loss, calling the Royals “babies” who didn’t know how to win, was 1-for-3 with a two-out single in the fourth.