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July 1, 2013

Royals rally to win

MINNEAPOLIS — Last in the American League in home runs, the Kansas City Royals connected twice Sunday at the most opportune times.

David Lough hit three doubles, then launched a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning that led the Royals over the Minnesota Twins 9-8.

Lough hit his second homer of the season, sending a solo drive off Jared Burton (1-5) into the right-field seats for an 8-7 lead.

Eric Hosmer added a solo homer in the ninth for the Royals. Johnny Giavotella had three hits.

“We’re just trying to find ways to score runs, and if that comes from the home run or through small ball, we honestly don’t care,” Hosmer said.

The Royals have just 49 homers this year, 24 fewer than the next-closest team in the league: Minnesota.

Hosmer and Alex Gordon have seven home runs, Billy Butler has six and Mike Moustakas five. The quartet combined for 77 last season.

“They’ve got some hitters over there. Those guys can swing the bats. I know they haven’t been consistent doing it, but they’ve got some good young hitters who can pop a baseball,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Aaron Crow (5-3) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the Royals. Greg Holland got his 17th save in 19 chances despite giving up a home run to Trevor Plouffe in the ninth.

Minnesota, which trailed 5-1 after four innings, got a two-run homer from Justin Morneau and an RBI double by pinch-hitter Josh Willingham to tie it at 7 in the seventh.

Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4: BOSTON — Shane Victorino’s hard grounder eluded first baseman Josh Thole for an error as pinch-runner Jonathan Diaz raced home with the winning run in the ninth inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat Toronto.

Jose Bautista tied it in the ninth against Koji Uehara (1-0) with a solo homer, his 19th of the season and third in two games.

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