MINNEAPOLIS -- The Kansas City Royals struck a damaging blow to the Twins postseason hopes with a 3-1 victory at target Field Friday night.

Ben Zobrist had an RBI double in the 8th inning against struggling All-Star Glen Perkins.

Ervin Santana allowed two earned runs on four hits through seven innings. Joe Mauer had two hits in the loss.

The Twins are 83-77 on the year and are two games back in the American league Wildcard race.

The Twins and Royals meet again at 12:05 p.m. today at Target Field.