Royals remain hot, sweep Twins to earn 9th-straight victory

Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain celebrates after scoring on a hit by Justin Maxwell off  Minnesota Twins pitcher Scott Diamond in the second inning of their baseball game in Minneapolis Thursday,  Aug. 1, 2013.(AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain celebrates after scoring on a hit by Justin Maxwell off Minnesota Twins pitcher Scott Diamond in the second inning of their baseball game in Minneapolis Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.(AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Kansas City Royals won their ninth straight game, stretching their longest winning streak in more than a decade by beating Minnesota 7-2 Thursday behind Billy Butler’s hitting and Lorenzo Cain’s highlight reel catch in center field.

The Royals last won nine straight when they opened the 2003 season at 9-0. The last time Kansas City won more in a row was a 10-game string in 1994, STATS said.

Butler had two hits and drove in two runs.  Justin Maxwell had a hit and an RBI a day after being acquired in a trade with Houston.

James Shields (6-7) gave up two runs on five hits and five walks in six innings for the Royals, who swept the three-game series and are showing potential to be a factor late in the season.

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