Let’s get the Kurt Suzuki lowlight out of the way.

The Royals’ Nori Aoki took off for third base in the fourth inning on Saturday. Suzuki turned and threw to third — but the ball ended up rolling to Chris Parmelee in left.

A wild throw, and then some. Aoki was able to score on the wild throw, the first run of the game at a point when Royals righthander Yordano Ventura was blowing by Twins hitters.

“The hardest part is that Phil [Hughes] was throwing so good and for me to do something like that that was something that ticked me off a little bit,” Suzuki said. “He was pitching his tail off and for me to mess it up, I wanted to go out there and try to redeem myself.”

What followed were All-Star moments from the All-Star catcher as the Twins eventually turned back Ventura and the Royals 4-1 in front of an announced crowd of 35,575 at Target Field. Glen Perkins earned his 31st save as the Twins cut the Royals’ lead over Detroit in the AL Central to one-half game.

The Twins crafted a three-run seventh inning, beginning with a single by Suzuki and bunt single by Parmelee, who smartly took advantage of Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas playing back at third. With two strikes, Jordan Schafer bunted the runners over.