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Royals score 3 in sixth, hold off Twins

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Salvador Perez, Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas stroked RBI doubles in the sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 3-2 Wednesday night.

Perez, Gordon and Moustakas, who snapped an 0-for-14 skid, doubled in a nine-pitch, four-batter span off Twins starter Phil Hughes to give the Royals a 3-1 lead. Perez’s double scored second baseman Omar Infante, who had three hits and walked. Gordon, the left fielder, contributed three hits, including two doubles.

Hughes (10-8) lost his third consecutive start. He limited the Royals to three singles through five scoreless innings before giving up three runs and four hits in the sixth, his final inning.

Right-hander Jason Frasor (2-1) struck out first baseman Chris Colabello looking with the bases loaded to end the sixth, and he picked up the victory. Frasor replaced left-hander Danny Duffy, who gave up four hits and one run but walked a season-high six in 5 2/3 innings.

The Twins cut their deficit to 3-2 in the seventh. Center fielder Danny Santana, who struck out four times in the game, singled home right fielder Chris Parmelee, who started the inning with a double.

Kelvin Herrera, the fourth of six Kansas City pitchers, struck out second baseman Brian Dozier on a 100 mph fastball and designated hitter Josh Willingham on a 101 mph fastball to end the seventh with runners on second and third.

After Wade Davis pitched a spotless eighth, striking out two, Greg Holland worked the ninth to log his 28th save in 30 opportunities. Holland flirted with danger, walking the No. 9 hitter, shortstop Eduardo Nunez, and uncorking two wild pitches. He struck out Santana and left fielder Sam Fuld, stranding Nunez at third.

Willingham, who is in the final season of a three-year, $21 million contract and on the trading block, homered to left field on a 0-1 pitch to lead off the second inning. Willingham was 0-for-11 against Duffy before hitting his 11th home run of the season.

Willingham missed 41 games with a fractured left wrist after being hit by a pitch on April 6.

NOTES: Oswaldo Arcia rejoined the Twins after missing the Tuesday game when his wife gave birth to a son. ... Twins RHP Kevin Correia, who starts Thursday, is 0-5 with a 4.91 ERA in nine career starts against the Royals. Correia (5-13) will face Royals RHP Yordano Ventura (7-8). ... Through Tuesday, Royals RHP Jason Frasor allowed no runs and one hit in six relief appearances since being acquired in a July 16 trade with the Texas Rangers. ... Entering play Wednesday, the Royals scored one or no runs in 25 games this year, losing 24 of them. ... Royals RHP James Shields held the opponent to two or fewer earned runs in four of his past five starts, but he managed just one win in that span. He dropped a 2-1 decision Tuesday to the Twins.