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Royals sweep Twins

Sep 15, 2011 - 12:16 AM Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored to help Kansas City sweep a two-game set against Minnesota with a 7-3 win.

Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored while Johnny Giavotella drove in two runs for the Royals, who tied their season high with their fourth straight win. Luke Hochevar (11-11) went six innings in the win, giving up two runs on five hits.

"Our offense is really swinging the bats real good right now," said Kansas City manager Ned Yost. "It's a well-balanced attack and it's nice to see things coming around right now."

Michael Cuddyer had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the Twins, who have lost five straight and 10 of 11. Liam Hendriks (0-2) was tagged for five runs on eight hits over five innings in his second career start.

"We haven't played good baseball the whole year," said Cuddyer. "We had that little stretch, June into July when we played well, but we haven't played well."

The second inning saw the Royals jump on top on an RBI single from Moustakas followed by a sac fly from Giavotella for a 2-0 lead.

The Twins got one back in the fourth on a run-scoring single off the bat of Danny Valencia, but the Royals answered with three runs in the home half. Moustakas' single scored Eric Hosmer and Giavotella then scored Jeff Francoeur when he reached base on a bad throw from Trevor Plouffe. Perez then hit a double to right to plate Giavotella for a 5-1 lead.

Jason Kubel's RBI groundout in the sixth made it a 5-2 game, but Perez and Alex Gordon hit run-scoring singles in the sixth for a five-run lead.

Cuddyer worked a bases loaded walk in the seventh that plated Ben Revere with two outs, but Tim Collins struck out Kubel to end the frame.

Greg Holland came on to pitch for the Royals with one out and two men on in the ninth and promptly walked Cuddyer to load the bases. However, he got Kubel to fly out and Valencia to strike out for his third save of the season.

Game Notes

The Twins host Cleveland for three games starting on Friday...The Royals host the White Sox for a four-game set starting on Thursday...Despite the sweep, Minnesota leads the season series, 8-7. These two teams will meet in Minnesota from Sept. 26-28 to close out the season...Hochevar improved to 4-3 in 12 career meetings with Minnesota.






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  • Michael Cuddyer walk scored Ben Revere with two out. Bases loaded and Jason Kubel due up.

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  • Alex Gordon single to center scored Salvador Perez with two out. On the play, Alcides Escobar advances to second. Runners on first and second with Melky Cabrera due up.

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  • Salvador Perez single to short scored Mike Moustakas with two out. Runner on first and Alcides Escobar due up.

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  • Jason Kubel ground out first to pitcher scored Michael Cuddyer with one out. None on and Danny Valencia due up.

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  • Salvador Perez double to right scored Johnny Giavotella with one out. Runner on second and Alcides Escobar due up.

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  • Johnny Giavotella reached on a fielder's choice to short scoring Jeff Francoeur with none out. On the play, Johnny Giavotella advanced to second on Trevor Plouffe's throwing error. On the play, Mike Moustakas thrown out at home. Runner on second with one out and Salvador Perez due up.

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  • Mike Moustakas single to left scored Eric Hosmer with none out. On the play, Jeff Francoeur advances to third. Runners on first and third with Johnny Giavotella due up.

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  • Danny Valencia single to center scored Michael Cuddyer with two out. On the play, Danny Valencia advanced to second on the throw. Runner on second and Chris Parmelee due up.

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  • Joe Benson singled to third. Runner on first with none out and Matt Tolbert due up.

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  • Mike Moustakas single to center scored Eric Hosmer with none out. On the play, Jeff Francoeur advances to third. Runners on first and third with Johnny Giavotella due up.

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