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                  === Royals use big inning to beat Twins ===
 Kansas  City, MO  ( - The Kansas City Royals used a five-run
 fourth inning to beat the Minnesota Twins, 5-4, in the middle game of a three-
 game series.
 Omar Infante, Nori Aoki, Justin Maxwell and Mike Moustakas each had an RBI for
 the  Royals, who  have won five in a  row. Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with a run
 Kansas  City starter Bruce Chen (1-1) allowed four runs on eight hits with six
 strikeouts  and four  walks  over  five innings.  He  was  scheduled to  pitch
 Thursday but was scratched due to back stiffness.
 Kurt Suzuki hit a solo homer and knocked in three runs for the Twins, who went
 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight. Aaron Hicks added
 an RBI.
 Minnesota  starter Kevin Correia  (0-2) gave up five runs -- four earned -- on
 nine hits over six full frames.
 "We're  a starting staff that pitches to contact. We pride ourselves on making
 plays,"  Correia said.  "These  guys are  going  to come  back  and play  good
 The  Twins jumped out  to a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Chris Colabello and
 Jason Kubel singled before Josmil Pinto walked to load the bases. After Suzuki
 flied  out for  the first out, Hicks  walked to force in a run. Pedro Florimon
 grounded into a double play to end the frame.
 Suzuki homered to left in the fourth, making it 2-0 Minnesota.
 Kansas  City did  its damage in the  bottom half of the inning. Gordon led off
 with  a  single,  moved to  third  on  Billy  Butler's  double and  scored  on
 Moustakas'  sacrifice  fly. Butler  raced home on  Maxwell's single to center.
 After Alcides Escobar was hit by a pitch, Aoki and Infante hit consecutive RBI
 singles. With Eric Hosmer batting, Aoki and Infante pulled off a double steal.
 Aoki then raced home on Pinto's throwing error.
 The  Twins responded with two runs in the fifth. With the bases loaded and two
 outs,  Suzuki hit  a two-run single to center. Hicks grounded into a fielder's
 choice to keep it 5-4.
 Minnesota,  however,  failed  to  get anything  going  against  Kansas  City's
 bullpen. Danny Duffy, Wade Davis and Greg Holland were dominant over the final
 four innings.
 "I  think we're  learning to keep those struggles to a minimum," Holland said,
 "and  that's  part of winning  baseball, learning how to  get out of the skids
 quicker so you don't lose three, four or five games straight."
                                   Game Notes
 Minnesota fell to 3-2 against Kansas City this season ... Chen improved to 5-7
 lifetime  against  the Twins ...  Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer celebrated
 his  31st birthday  on Saturday  ... The  Royals went  3-for-13 with  RISP and
 stranded eight.
 04/19 20:19:48 ET