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...