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Twins edge Royals

Minneapolis, MN ( - Josmil Pinto hit a two-run home run and the Minnesota Twins scored two runs in the eighth inurning to help them sweep the three-game series from the Kansas City Royals with a 4-3 decision on Sunday.

Pinto broke a scoreless tie with a homer off Kansas City starter Jason Vargas in the bottom of the seventh. The Royals then used small ball in the top half of the eighth to grab a 3-2 lead heading to the home half.

Aaron Crow (0-1) walked the first two batters he faced in the eighth and was immediately relieved by Wade Davis. After a Joe Mauer strikeout, Trevor Plouffe walked to load the bases. Chris Herrmann then bounced one back to Davis, who committed a throwing error on the play that enabled Pedro Florimon and Brian Dozier to score.

Casey Fien (1-0) earned the win and Glen Perkins earned his third save of the season after he struck out the first two batters he faced before Mike Moustakas was called out for batter interference to end the game.

Minnesota starter Kevin Correia was charged with three runs over seven innings on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Vargas, meanwhile, allowed two runs over seven innings with four strikeouts and three walks in the setback.

04/13 17:15:42 ET