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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Eric Hosmer homered and drove in a career-best five runs and Jeremy Guthrie pitched a shutout as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 13-0 Monday night.

Guthrie (12-7) did not allow a hit after the fifth inning, retiring the final 13 batters he faced.

Things got so bad for the Twins that infielder Jamey Carroll pitched the eighth inning.

Hosmer hit a three-run homer in the sixth and contributed a two-run single in the six-run second inning.

The Royals' 16-hit attack included four hits by Mike Moustakas, matching his career high, and he had two hits in the second inning.

The Royals, who have won 12 of their last 13 games to move five games above .500, recorded a season high for runs in a game.

The Royals sent 11 men to the plate in the second and scored six runs on five hits and three walks.

Moustakas led off the inning with a double and capped it off with a two-run single. Hosmer also contributed a two-run single in the inning.

Lorenzo Cain walked with the bases loaded, scoring George Kottaras. Billy Butler rifled a single to left to score Cain with the other run of the inning.

Kevin Correia, who limited the Royals to two runs over six innings in a no-decision in his previous start, was yanked after two innings. Correia was charged with six runs on seven hits and three walks.

Brian Duensing, who replaced Correia, held the Royals to one hit and struck out three over three scoreless innings.

Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe made a tremendous defensive play in the fourth inning when he tumbled head first into a dugout suite, but held onto Alex Gordon's foul pop up.

Notes: Twins OF Josh Willingham, who went on the disabled list July 2 with a left knee injury that required surgery, went 0-for-3 Monday for Class AAA Rochester in his first minor league rehab game. ...Royals C Salvador Perez is not permitted to do any baseball-related activities until passing concussion tests. Perez suffered the injury in the 12th inning Saturday against the Mets. ...LHP Andrew Albers, 27, will make his big league debut Tuesday, starting against the Royals. Albers missed the 2009-10 seasons with elbow injuries.
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