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Hosmer fuels rally in 8th, Royals beat Twins 5-2

Minnesota's Eddie Rosario is tagged out by Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Hosmer drove in the go-ahead run with his third hit in a three-run eighth inning, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Saturday night.

Lorenzo Cain led off the eighth with a single against Ryan Pressly (2-3), and Melky Cabrera walked. Hosmer's single off Buddy Boshers scored pinch-runner Terrance Gore.

Salvador Perez had an RBI double and Alcides Escobar a sacrifice fly to cap the inning.

Mike Minor (6-6) got the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Brandon Maurer earned his second save in three chances since the Royals acquired him in a July 24 trade with San Diego.

Alex Gordon homered with two out in the Royals' seventh to tie it at 2. It was Gordon's sixth home run and his first since July 3, ending a 169 at-bat home run drought.

Cain tripled in the first and scored on Cabrera's ground out for the first Royals' run. Cain finished with three hits.

Royals rookie right-hander Jake Junis, who is 5-0 since a June 29 loss, allowed two runs and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

Eddie Rosario took Junis deep in the third, and Byron Buxton homered in the sixth.

Minnesota starter Jose Berrios limited the Royals to two runs and eight hits over seven innings.

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