Mike Aviles matched his career high with four RBIs while adding a home run as the Royals swept the Minnesota Twins at home for the first time since August of 1998 with a 10-3 final on Sunday.
Aviles’ day was capped with a three-run homer in the eighth off former Royals’ pitcher reliever Dusty Hughes. Aviles’ single in the two-run sixth scored Mitch Maier, who had tripled.
Luke Hochevar evened his record to 3-3, by giving up just five hits while allowing three runs in 6.1 innings. This was big for Hochevar who had given up 12 runs in his last two starts.
The Royals led 2-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, but scored five runs over the next two innings. Twins starter Carl Pavano (2-3) took the loss, giving up seven runs on 12 hits in 5.1 innings.
Minnesota dropped to 9-18, the worst record in the majors.