Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Drew Butera's three-run homer in the eighth
proved to be the difference as the Minnesota Twins survived to take a 10-8 win
over the Kansas City Royals to wrap up a four-game set.
Trevor Plouffe added a pair of solo home runs while Josh Willingham clubbed a
three-run homer for the Twins, who took the final three games of the set after
dropping the opener.
Francisco Liriano didn't factor into the decision as he gave up five runs --
four earned -- on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts over 5 1/3
innings. Jeff Gray (4-0) recorded three outs to grab the victory.
Irving Falu had three hits and drove in four while Eric Hosmer added three
hits and scored twice for the Royals, who had won four straight prior to
dropping the last three games of this series. Bruce Chen (7-7) was tagged for
six runs on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings to
take the loss.
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