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Associated Press, Published April 27 2012

Gordon, Butler power Royals past Twins

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS – Alex Gordon and Billy Butler each hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 7-6 on Friday night for their third straight win.

Mike Moustakas delivered the go-ahead single in the eighth inning and Alcides Escobar added an RBI single three batters later for Kansas City, which had lost 12 straight before beginning its winning streak.

Trevor Plouffe homered for the Twins. Alexi Casilla had two hits and two RBIs, but Minnesota again struggled with runners in scoring position and dropped below the Royals for the worst record in baseball.

Jonathan Broxton struck out Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau for his third save in four chances.

Gordon gave the Royals an early lead with a 439-foot drive off Carl Pavano in the first. Butler’s homer in the third made it 4-3 Kansas City.

In the second inning, Gordon leaped high above the left-field wall to rob Danny Valencia of a home run, snatching the ball out of the air right before it landed in a row of flowers just beyond the fence.

With the score tied at 5 and runners on first and second with nobody out in the seventh, Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur made a diving catch on Ryan Doumit’s line drive and doubled off Mauer at first base.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire briefly argued with umpire Brian Gorman that Francoeur trapped the ball.

The play helped former Twins reliever Jose Mijares (1-1) wriggle out of a jam and get a win in his first appearance at Target Field since Minnesota let the big lefty leave as a free agent during the offseason.

Brian Duensing (0-2) allowed two runs in relief of Pavano, who gave up five runs – four earned – in 6Zc innings. Twins starters have just two wins and haven’t won since April 18.

Everett Teaford allowed four runs and eight hits over four innings for Kansas City. Teaford got the start in place of Danny Duffy, who was skipped because of elbow soreness.

Kansas City Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Dyson cf 5 1 1 0 Span cf 4 1 2 1

AGordn lf 3 3 2 2 JCarrll ss 5 0 1 0

Butler dh 5 1 2 3 Mauer dh 4 1 2 1

Hosmer 1b 5 0 0 0 Mornea 1b 5 0 1 1

Francr rf 5 1 1 0 Doumit c 4 1 1 0

Mostks 3b 4 1 1 1 Valenci 3b 4 1 1 0

YBtncr 2b 3 0 0 0 Plouffe rf 2 2 1 1

B.Pena c 4 0 1 0 Revere lf 2 0 1 0

AEscor ss 4 0 2 1 ACasill 2b 4 0 2 2

Totals 38 7 10 7 Totals 34 6 12 6

Kansas City 202 010 020— 7

Minnesota 210 101 010— 6

E—Morneau (1). DP—Kansas City 3. LOB—Kansas City 7, Minnesota 7. 2B—Francoeur (4), A.Escobar (7), Mauer (4), Doumit (2), Valencia (5), A.Casilla (3). 3B—Mauer (1). HR—A.Gordon (4), Butler (5), Plouffe (1). SB—A.Gordon (1). CS—Span (1). S—Revere.

IP H R ER BB SO

Kansas City

Teaford 4 8 4 4 2 1

Hottovy 2 2 1 1 1 2

Mijares W,1-1 1 1 0 0 0 0

Coleman H,1 Zc 1 1 1 1 0

K.Herrera H,2 Xc 0 0 0 0 0

Broxton S,3-4 1 0 0 0 0 2

Minnesota

Pavano 6Zc 6 5 4 1 0

Duensing L,0-2 1 2 2 2 1 0

Gray Zc 1 0 0 1 0

Maloney Zc 1 0 0 0 0

Al.Burnett 1 0 0 0 0 0

HBP—by Mijares (Mauer).

T—3:00. A—33,315 (39,500).