Ryan Doumit cranked his fourth homer in the past seven games and added a run-scoring single in the fifth inning as the Twins cruised to their eighth victory in 10 games.

Josh Willingham plated the Twins' other run with a fifth-inning single. Meanwhile, RHP Samuel Deduno (2-1) turned in his second straight strong start, shutting out the Royals on four hits through six-plus innings. Glen Perkins finished up for his 12th save in 14 chances.

MEANING: The Twins, who were swept here on their first visit in early April, kicked off a six-game road trip with a solid victory as they climbed within 2 1/2 games of second-place Cleveland.

ETC.: Joe Mauer doubled in the fifth for his first double since May 18 against Boston, a span of 60 at-bats. Prior to that, Mauer had 12 doubles in 12 games. ... Willingham was hit by pitch for the 97th time in his career. He entered the day leading the league in that category.