Royals slip past Twins

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Updated: August 7, 2013

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) – Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with a homer and
two RBI and Alcides Escobar added to hits and a pair of RBI as the Kansas
City Royals downed the Minnesota Twins, 5-2, on Wednesday.

Lorenzo Cain also drove in a run while Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer each
collected two hits, including a double, and scored a run for the Royals, who
are 15-4 since the All-Star break.

Louis Coleman (2-0) earned the win after tossing 1 2/3 scoreless innings in
relief and Greg Holland stranded a runner in the ninth for his 30th save.

Samuel Deduno (7-5) was tagged for four runs on 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings to
absorb the loss.

Minnesota wasted no time getting on the board as Brian Dozier scored on Danny
Duffy’s wild pitch. Dozier opened the game with a triple, his fourth of the
season.

Escobar singled home Brett Hayes in the third to tie the game. Hayes doubled
before coming around on Escobar’s base hit to center.

The Twins pushed one across in the fourth to go up 2-1. Clete Thomas walked,
moved to second on Pedro Florimon’s groundout before scoring on a Dozier
double to left field.

Gordon opened the home half with a solo homer and Escobar singled home Miguel
Tejada later in the frame to give the hosts a 3-2 edge.

The Royals added one run in both the fifth and seventh.

In the fifth, Hosmer doubled, moved to third on a Butler single then scored on
Cain’s base hit to right field.

Gordon doubled home Butler in the seventh to account for the final difference.

Game Notes

The Royals have won six straight series … Hosmer has hit safely in six
straight games … Kansas City went 5-for-14 with runners in scoring position
… The Twins were just 2-for-11 with RISP.