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Royals down Twins

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (TSX)  — First baseman Billy Butler and catcher Salvador Perez each drove in two runs in a six-run eighth inning as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-1 Wednesday.

The Royals sent 10 men to the plate in the eighth. Right fielder Nori Aoki and center fielder Jarrod Dyson each contributed an RBI. Dyson’s bunt single scored pinch runner Lorenzo Cain with the first run. Aoki’s single brought home third baseman Mike Moustakas with the go-ahead run.

Twins right-hander Phil Hughes, who won his first four August starts with a 1.32 ERA, limited the Royals to two singles the first seven innings. But he gave up five hits in the eighth. Hughes (14-9) was charged with four runs in 7 2/3 innings.