Royals beat Twins to snap 11-game home losing skid

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost celebrates with relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera after Herrera closed out the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost celebrates with relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera after Herrera closed out the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jeremy Guthrie lasted six shaky innings and the Kansas City bullpen held off the Minnesota Twins the rest of the way Wednesday night, wrapping up a 4-1 victory that ended the Royals’ franchise-record 11-game home losing streak.

It had been exactly one month since Kansas City won a game at Kauffman Stadium, a period marked by offensive ineptitude that had resulted in a precipitous slide into last place in the AL Central.

The Twins jumped out to a first-inning lead off Guthrie (6-3), but the right-hander escaped a bases-loaded jam.

The Royals answered in the bottom half when Eric Hosmer reached second on an error and Salvador Perez drove him in with a single. P.J. Walters (2-1) walked the bases loaded, and David Lough’s two-run, two-out single gave Kansas City enough runs for the rest of the night.

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