Series tied 2-2 (as of 6/30)
|Game 1: Thursday, June 27|
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|Game 2: Friday, June 28|
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|Game 3: Saturday, June 29|
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|Game 4: Sunday, June 30|
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2:10 PM ET, June 30, 2013
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -- Last in the American League in home runs, the Kansas City Royals connected twice Sunday at the most opportune times.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 30: Ervin Santana #54 of the Kansas City Royals delivers a pitch against the Minnesota...(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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|Kansas City leads 15-4 (as of Sun 6/30)|
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|2nd||C Parmelee doubled to deep right, J Morneau scored, O Arcia to third.||0||1|
|3rd||J Giavotella reached on infield single to second, L Cain scored, D Lough to third.||1||1|
|3rd||A Gordon hit sacrifice fly to center, D Lough scored.||2||1|
|4th||D Lough doubled to deep right, B Butler and M Moustakas scored.||4||1|
|4th||J Giavotella singled to center, D Lough scored.||5||1|
|5th||C Thomas homered to right (375 feet), P Florimon scored.||5||3|
|5th||O Arcia singled to center, R Doumit scored, T Plouffe to third.||5||4|
|6th||A Escobar singled to left, D Lough and J Giavotella scored, A Gordon to second.||7||4|
|7th||J Morneau homered to right (396 feet), R Doumit scored.||7||6|
|7th||J Willingham hit a ground rule double to deep left, O Arcia scored, C Parmelee to third.||7||7|
|8th||D Lough homered to right (380 feet).||8||7|
|9th||E Hosmer homered to center (412 feet).||9||7|
|9th||T Plouffe homered to center (421 feet).||9||8|
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|Stadium||Target Field, Minneapolis, MN|
|Attendance||34,232 (86.7% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||78 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Tom Hallion, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Ron Kulpa|
Kansas City's David Lough had 3 doubles and a home run on Sunday. He's the 5th Royal to get 4 extra-base hits in a game and the 1st since Johnny Damon in 2000. Lough and Hal McRae are the only Royals with 3 doubles and a homer in one game.[+]
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