Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - The Kansas City Royals' five-game slide
heading into the break feels like eons ago.
And for the first time in a long time, Kansas City upgraded at the trade
Nine is fine for the Royals.
Billy Butler tallied two hits, two RBI and a run scored as Kansas City won its
season-high ninth straight game, a 7-2 triumph over the Minnesota Twins to
complete a three-game sweep.
Justin Maxwell, who was acquired Wednesday before the non-waiver deadline from
the Houston Astros for pitcher Kyle Smith, made his Royals debut. He had a
hit, a sacrifice fly and scored a run.
James Shields (6-7) labored through six innings. He allowed two runs on five
hits and five walks for the Royals, who finished off their first sweep of the
Twins in Minnesota in 14 years.
Scott Diamond (5-10) surrendered seven runs -- six earned -- on nine hits and
three walks over five innings for Minnesota, which dropped its fourth
Justin Morneau smacked a solo shot to center in the defeat.
After the Twins pushed across a pair of runs in the third to cut the deficit
to 3-2, Kansas City plated a run in the fourth and fifth, and added two more
in the sixth to surge ahead.
Alcides Escobar recorded an RBI groundout in the fourth and Miguel Tejada had
one in the fifth.
Maxwell led off the sixth with a walk and Escobar followed with a single
before Eric Hosmer grounded into a force out to put runners on the corners
with one away. Hosmer then stole second and Butler slapped a base hit to right
to plate Maxwell and Hosmer to make it 7-2.
Kansas City scored two in the second and added another in the third to jump
out to a 3-0 advantage.
Mike Moustakas lifted a sacrifice fly and Maxwell added an RBI in the second,
while Alex Gordon led off the third with a triple before being pushed across
by a Hosmer sacrifice fly.
Morneau's homer in the third whittled the margin down to one.
The Royals placed second baseman Chris Getz on the 15-day disabled list
earlier on Thursday to make room for Maxwell ... The Royals were 3-for-12 with
runners in scoring position.
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