Trevor Plouffe, Alcides Escobar

Royals blown out by Twins

The Minnesota Twins used a 5-run 4th inning to run away from Friday night's contest against the Kansas City Royals.

Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon (4) is congratulated by teammate Eric Hosmer (35) after his three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Royals end HR drought, defeat Rays

Alex Gordon provided the offense with a three-run HR to lift the Royals past the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon.