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Updated: August 17th, 2014 6:26pm
Royals chase Milone early to win a rain-soaked slugfest against Twins

Royals chase Milone early to win a rain-soaked slugfest against Twins

by The Associated Press
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Kansas City8267.5501 1/2
Cleveland7673.5107 1/2
Chicago WSox6882.45316
Team Leaders
Avg:Kurt Suzuki.290
HR:Brian Dozier20
RBI:Trevor Plouffe77
SB:Brian Dozier21
Wins:Phil Hughes15
Saves:Glen Perkins34
ERA:Phil Hughes3.56

MINNEAPOLIS -- Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Josh Willingham homered, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 12-6 on Sunday for their 20th win in their last 25 games.

Kansas City sent 11 batters to the plate and scored seven times in the second, keyed by two-run singles for Alcides Escobar and Nori Aoki. The Royals also increased their AL Central lead to 1 1/2 games over Detroit, which lost 8-1 to Seattle.

This is the latest the Royals have been in first place since 2003.

Kansas City's Jeremy Guthrie (9-10) returned to the mound after a 54-minute rain delay in the fourth and lasted seven innings, yielding home runs to Joe Mauer and Kennys Vargas.

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In this story: Joe Mauer, Josh Willingham