Kansas City 16, Minnesota 3

April 18, 2002 at 12:20 AM

MINNEAPOLIS, April 17 (UPI) -- The Kansas City Royals erupted for nine runs on eight hits in the top of the eighth inning to break open the game and cruise to a 16-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins Wednesday night.

Joe Randa and Raul Ibanez each had two hits and drove in three runs for the Royals, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Mike Sweeney had an RBI single and Randa hit a two-run double in the first inning to give Kansas City a 3-0 lead that held up until the fifth, when Bobby Kielty hit a solo home run, his second of the season.

Randa drove in his third run of the game with a single in the sixth, but David Ortiz got the run right back in the bottom of the frame with his fourth homer of the season.

Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer in the seventh before the Royals pounded relievers Bob Wells and Jack Cressend in the eighth to stop Minnesota's four-game winning streak.

Paul Byrd (3-0) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings for the win. The journeyman righthander struck out four without a walk.

Brad Radke (2-1) lasted just 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and seven hits.

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