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MINNEAPOLIS -- Two unearned runs on three walks and an error allowed the Minnesota Twins to steal a sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a 4-3 win on Sunday.

With the Royals ahead 3-2 in the eighth inning, Aaron Crow walked the only two batters he faced and an errant throw home by Royals relief pitcher Wade Davis allowed two runs to score, giving the Twins the win.

On a tapper back to the mound by Twins left fielder Chris Herrmann, Davis' throw home sailed past catcher Nori Aoki, allowing Twins shortstop Pedro Florimon to score. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier then scored ahead of Aoki's throw back to Davis on a close play at the plate.

The game ended as third baseman Mike Moustakas was called for interference on a foul pop up on catcher Kurt Suzuki after Twins closer Glen Perkins struck out left fielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez for the first two outs.

Starting pitcher Kevin Correia delivered the third straight quality start for the Twins. He went seven innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits and a walk while striking out two.

The Twins starting pitchers didn't have a quality start in the first nine games of the year and totaled just one win in that stretch. Kyle Gibson and Ricky Nolasco had quality starts in the Twins' last two games, respectively -- both victories.

After sailing through his first seven innings, throwing just 78 pitches, Correia ran into trouble in the eighth inning.

Moustakas led off the eighth inning with a walk. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain followed up with a single. Then, with runners on first and second, Royals ninth-hitter Shortstop Alcides Escobar bunted and an errant throw by Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe allowed Moustakas to score, cutting the Royals' deficit to 2-1.

After Brian Duensing relived Correia, Royals right fielder Nori Aoki tied the game at 2 with a squeeze bunt, scoring Cain from third base. Royals firs baseman Eric Hosmer gave Kansas City a 3-2 lead with a two-out double to deep center field, scoring Escobar.

NOTES: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire returned to the team Sunday after taking the past two games off to attend the funeral for Michael Hirschbeck, the son of umpire John Hirschbek, in Ohio. Michael Hirschbeck, 27, had battled adrenoleukodystrophy, a disease affecting the brain and nervous system. ... Twins CF Aaron Hicks stole his first base of the season in the third inning. Hicks had nine steals in 12 attempts in 81 games in 2013, his rookie season. ... Twins assistant GM Rob Antony said a CT scan showed a "very slight fracture" in the wrist of Twins OF Josh Willingham which hampers his swing. Antony said he hoped Willingham would return to the lineup as soon as his DL stint was over. ... Royals 3B Mike Moustakas hit his second double of the series in the fifth inning. Moustakas, who was 1-for-26 prior to the series with the Twins, went 1-for-3 and was 3-for-10 for the series.
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