Royals hold off Twins to capture 8th-straight victory

Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer, left, celebrates after hitting a double as Minnesota Twins second baseman Jamey Carroll walks by in the third inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer, left, celebrates after hitting a double as Minnesota Twins second baseman Jamey Carroll walks by in the third inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Alex Gordon hit a two-out triple in the seventh inning and then scored the go-ahead run for Kansas City on an error by Minnesota, and the Royals won their eighth straight game with a 4-3 victory over the Twins on Wednesday night.

The Royals are above .500 at the end of July for the first time since 2003. At 53-51, they are two games over the break-even mark for the first time since May 17. They remained seven games behind Detroit in the AL Central race and 4½ games back of second-place Cleveland, the current holder of the second wild card spot.

Jeremy Guthrie (11-7) won his third start in a row with his seventh consecutive appearance of at least six innings.

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