MLB: Kansas City 9, Minnesota 8

June 30, 2013 at 6:33 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, June 30 (UPI) -- David Lough went 4-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and four runs scored Sunday, helping the Kansas City Royals outlast Minnesota 9-8.

Lough's two-run double in the fourth inning put the Royals ahead 4-1 and his solo shot in the eighth off Minnesota's Jared Burton (1-5) broke a 7-7 tie, putting Kansas City ahead to stay.

It was Eric Hosmer's bases-empty homer in the top of the ninth for a 9-7 lead, however, that turned out to be the decisive run for the Royals, who earned a split in the four-game series.

Johnny Giavotella went 3-for-4 with two run-scoring singles for the Royals.

Aaron Crow (5-3) notched the win after blanking the Twins over 1 2/3 innings of relief work.

Minnesota's Trevor Plouffe pounded a solo homer in bottom of the ninth, pulling the Twins within a run, but Greg Holland struck out the next three batters to rack up his 17th save.

Clete Thomas and Justin Morneau each belted a two-run homer for the Twins.

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