Rosario drives in 4, Twins beat Royals 8-5

Minnesota's Brian Dozier beats the tag at home by Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eddie Rosario homered and drove in four runs, helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 8-5 on Friday night.

Rosario had a sacrifice fly in the first inning, hit his 21st home run in the third inning off Ian Kennedy (4-11) and knocked a two-out, bases-loaded single in the fourth to score Robbie Grossman and Joe Mauer. Rosario has 10 home runs and 28 RBIs in his past 30 games.

Ervin Santana (15-7) gave up four runs and five hits over five innings for the victory. He is 4-0 in nine starts since a July 21 loss. His 15 victories are tied for the AL lead.

Eduardo Escobar had three hits and homered for the Twins in the fifth.

Matt Belisle pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

Kennedy was pulled after giving up three runs, four hits and three walks over three innings. He is winless in a club-record 18 straight home starts. He is 0-9 since his last home victory on Aug. 20, 2016.

The Twins jumped to a 5-1 lead, but the Royals trimmed it with Eric Hosmer's solo home run in the third and Whit Merrifield's two-run double.

Ramon Torres' seventh-inning single scored Alcides Escobar, cutting the Minnesota lead to 6-5. Trevor Hildenberger replaced Taylor Rogers with two runners on base and none out and induced Merrifield into a groundball double play.

The Twins added two in the eighth with Robbie Grossman tripling in one run and Mauer doubling in another.

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