Kansas City at Minnesota

Kansas City (38-41) «0023020119132
Minnesota (36-42)010030301890

Royals 9, Twins 8

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Last in the American League in home runs, the Kansas City Royals connected twice Sunday at the most opportune times.

David Lough hit three doubles, then launched a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning that led the Royals over the Minnesota Twins 9-8.

Lough hit his second homer of the season, sending a solo drive off Jared Burton (1-5) into the right-field seats for an 8-7 lead.

Eric Hosmer added a solo homer in the ninth for the Royals. Johnny Giavotella had three hits.

"We're just trying to find ways to score runs, and if that comes from the home run or through small ball, we honestly don't care," Hosmer said.

The Royals have just 49 homers this year, 24 fewer than the next-closest team in the league: Minnesota.

Hosmer and Alex Gordon have seven home runs, Billy Butler has six and Mike Moustakas five. The quartet combined for 77 last season.

"They've got some hitters over there. Those guys can swing the bats. I know they haven't been consistent doing it, but they've got some good young hitters who can pop a baseball," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Aaron Crow (5-3) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the Royals. Greg Holland got his 17th save in 19 chances despite giving up a home run to Trevor Plouffe in the ninth.

Minnesota, which trailed 5-1 after four innings, got a two-run homer from Justin Morneau and an RBI double by pinch-hitter Josh Willingham to tie it at 7 in the seventh.

Ervin Santana allowed three earned runs and five hits in six innings for Kansas City. He has gone at least six innings in each of his 16 starts this season, the longest active streak in majors.

It was been a strong June for the right-hander. In six starts, he has a 1.99 ERA, limiting opponents to 27 hits and two home runs in 40 2-3 innings. He struck out four, but also had a season-high four walks.

The Royals led 5-4 when Lough, the Royals' eighth-place hitter, doubled in the sixth off reliever Ryan Pressly and took third as Giavotella blooped a double to left-center between three fielders. Gordon was walked to intentionally load the bases before Alcides Escobar hit a two-run single.

"I don't think I've ever had a day like this, not even in the minor leagues," Lough said. "It was one of those games where our offense was going to have to put together some runs."

This was just the fourth time in 12 games that the Royals scored more than three runs.

"We've never lost confidence as an offense," Hosmer said. "We always knew we had the potential to put up days like this."

Kevin Correia, the Twins' most consistent starter, gave up five earned runs in five innings.

The Royals scored three times in the fourth. Lough hit an RBI double off the right-field wall and Giavotella had an RBI single for a 5-1 lead. Giavotella was recalled Saturday from Triple-A Omaha when the Royals designated outfielder Jeff Francoeur for assignment.

"They had a lot of hits today, between me and the bullpen, that weren't well struck but got in spots to keep a rally going or get on base and start a rally," Correia said. "It's just one of those games. We scored eight runs. That should be enough to win the game."

Clete Thomas homered in the Minnesota fifth.


Morneau is hitting .354 with 11 doubles, three home runs and 24 RBIs in his last 25 home games. ... Butler was 2 for 4, and is hitting .486 (17 for 35) against the Twins this year. ... Joe Mauer went 0 for 5 as his hitless streak extended to 16 at-bats. ... Kansas City committed two errors in a game for the first time since June 2. ... Scott Diamond (5-7, 5.40) is scheduled to start Monday for Minnesota when the New York Yankees arrive for a four-game series. New York is scheduled to counter with Andy Pettitte (5-6, 4.22). ... Luis Mendoza (2-4, 4.16) is set to start for Kansas City on Tuesday when it opens a six-game homestand against Cleveland. Corey Kluber (6-5, 4.16) is to start for the Indians.

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Kansas City

D. Lough
AB 4
R 4
H 4
HR 1

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Kansas City Royals
Alex Gordon, LF1001301 .285
Alcides Escobar, SS5012023 .253
Eric Hosmer, 1B5111003 .277
Billy Butler, DH4120100 .283
Salvador Perez, C4000101 .301
Mike Moustakas, 3B5110012 .215
Lorenzo Cain, CF4110012 .257
David Lough, RF4443000 .314
Johnny Giavotella, 2B4132000 .750
2B - David Lough 3 (9, Correia), Johnny Giavotella (1, Pressly)
HR - Eric Hosmer (7, Roenicke), David Lough (2, Burton)
SF - Alex Gordon (3)
RBI - Alex Gordon (42), Alcides Escobar 2 (25), Eric Hosmer (33), David Lough 3 (14), Johnny Giavotella 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - David Lough 2 (11), Johnny Giavotella (1)
SB - Alex Gordon (4, 2nd base off Burton/Mauer)
CS - Jarrod Dyson (2, 2nd base by Roenicke/Mauer)
Team LOB - 6
E - Alcides Escobar (10, Misplayed grounder), Mike Moustakas (10, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Ervin Santana 6543451 2.84
Tim Collins (H,10) 0.1233201 3.41
Aaron Crow (W,5-3; BS,2) 1.2100020 3.70
Greg Holland (S,17) 1111031 2.10
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 103-65, Tim Collins 20-10, Aaron Crow 22-16, Greg Holland 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 9-6, Tim Collins 1-0, Aaron Crow 1-2
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 29, Tim Collins 5, Aaron Crow 6, Greg Holland 4
Minnesota Twins
Clete Thomas, CF4112122 .269
Joe Mauer, C5000011 .320
Ryan Doumit, DH4210100 .233
Justin Morneau, 1B4212112 .291
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4111101 .273
Oswaldo Arcia, LF4121111 .284
Chris Parmelee, RF4011113 .228
Eduardo Escobar, 2B3000003 .220
    Josh Willingham, PH1011000 .224
    Brian Dozier, PR-2B1000010 .228
Pedro Florimon, SS4110034 .232
a-doubled for Escobar in the 7th
2B - Chris Parmelee (9, Santana), Josh Willingham (13, Crow)
HR - Clete Thomas (3, Santana), Justin Morneau (4, Collins), Trevor Plouffe (7, Holland)
RBI - Clete Thomas 2 (7), Justin Morneau 2 (48), Trevor Plouffe (30), Oswaldo Arcia (24), Chris Parmelee (17), Josh Willingham (37)
2-OUT RBI - Oswaldo Arcia (13)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Plouffe-Escobar-Morneau, Plouffe-Escobar-Morneau-Pressly-Florimon-Morneau
Minnesota Twins
Kevin Correia 5755330 4.08
Ryan Pressly 2322100 2.63
Jared Burton (L,1-5) 1111111 3.57
Josh Roenicke 1211001 3.38
IBB - Gordon by Ryan Pressly
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 90-57, Ryan Pressly 33-18, Jared Burton 17-11, Josh Roenicke 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 1-10, Ryan Pressly 4-1, Jared Burton 1-1, Josh Roenicke 1-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 24, Ryan Pressly 9, Jared Burton 5, Josh Roenicke 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34232
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Ron Kulpa