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Billy Butler, in the throes of a massive slump, singled in the sixth before Moustakas, also off to a slow start, sent a pitch sizzling into the seats in right. His second homer of the season made it 5-0 and chased Nolasco from the game.

“Ricky had to battle. They put them in play and got some guys on. And then there was the big two-run home run,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We just couldn’t get anything off Vargas.”

Neither team threatened to score again, the Royals wrapping up their first shutout win and the Twins getting blanked for the first time this season.

“That’s the beauty of this game, why it’s so special,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “You don’t know what you’re going to get out of anybody. You just have to take advantage of the opportunities that you get.”

NOTES: The Royals placed OF Jarrod Dyson on the bereavement list and recalled INF/OF Jimmy Paredes was recalled from Triple-A Omaha before the game. … An MRI exam on Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (strained groin) came back negative. Manager Ned Yost hopes to have him back after a 15-day DL stint. … Twins OF Jason Kubel got the night off from the starting lineup. He flied out as a pinch hitter in the seventh. … LHP Bruce Chen (sore back) will start for KC on Saturday. He was initially scheduled to pitch Thursday. RHP Kevin Correia will start for the Twins. … There was a moment of silence before the game for the victims of the shootings Sunday at a Jewish community center and nearby senior living center in suburban Kansas City.