MINNEAPOLIS -- David Lough had four hits, including a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 9-8 on Sunday to gain a split of their four-game series at Target Field.
Lough, who also had three doubles, three RBI and four runs scored, hit a 1-0 pitch from Jared Burton into the right field seats after the Twins had rallied for three in the seventh to tie the score.
The Royals had built leads of 5-1 and 7-4 going into the bottom of the seventh when Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer and Josh Willingham delivered a tying, pinch-RBI double.
Burton struck out Lorenzo Cain to start the eighth before Lough snapped the 7-7 tie with his second home run of the season.
Johnny Giavotella, making his first start of the season after getting recalled from Triple-A Omaha, had two singles, a double, two RBI and a run scored for the Royals. Lough and Giavotella batted in the No. 8 and 9 holes, giving Kansas City a robust 7-for-8 with five runs scored and five RBI at the bottom of the order.
Aaron Crow (5-3), who gave up Willingham's tying double as Kansas City's third pitcher of the day, picked up the win.
Greg Holland allowed Trevor Plouffe's home run to lead off the ninth, then struck out the side to pick up his 17th save in 19 chances.
Burton (1-5) was the losing pitcher for the Twins.
Chris Parmelee gave the Twins a 1-0 lead in the second inning with an RBI double off the right-field wall.
Kansas City countered with a two-run third, using infield hits by Cain and Giavotella, a bloop double by Lough and a sacrifice fly by Alex Gordon to take the lead.
The Royals made it 5-1 on the fourth when Lough hit a two-out, two-run double and later scored on Giavotella's single.
The Twins took advantage of some shoddy fielding by the Royals in the fifth to cut the gap to 5-4. Clete Thomas hit a two-run homer and Oswaldo Arcia followed two Kansas City infield errors with a run-scoring single.
Ervin Santana, who has won his last two decisions after dropping four in a row, was generally in control for the first five innings. The only hard-hit balls by the Twins were Parmelee's double and the home run by Thomas.
Kevin Correia didn't pitch poorly but was victimized by some well-placed balls that went for hits. One of the few balls hit well off Correia was Gordon's sacrifice fly to deep center field.
In five innings, Correia allowed five runs and seven hits while striking out three and walking three. He was replaced by Ryan Pressly to start the sixth.
NOTES: Minnesota's Joe Mauer came into the game hitless in his last 14 at-bats against Kansas City pitching. ... Giavotella made his season debut at second base for the Royals, who called him up from Triple-A Omaha after designating outfielder Jeff Francoeur for assignment. ... Parmelee had only two RBIs since May 30th before driving in a run in the second inning. ... The Royals pulled off a rare 3-4-3 single putout when Hosmer deflected Eduardo Escobar's fourth-inning grounder to Giavotella at second base, who made the throw back to first.