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Royals sweep away Twins in 7-2 win

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MINNEAPOLIS (Sports Network) -  Billy Butler tallied two hits, two RBI and a run scored as Kansas City won its season-high ninth straight game, a 7-2 triumph over the Minnesota Twins to complete a three-game sweep at Target Field.

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The Royals haven't won nine in a row since they started the 2003 campaign 9-0.

Justin Maxwell, who was acquired Wednesday before the non-waiver deadline from the Houston Astros for pitcher Kyle Smith, made his Royals debut. He had a hit, a sacrifice fly and scored a run.

James Shields (6-7) labored through six innings. He allowed two runs on five hits and five walks for the Royals, who finished off their first sweep of the Twins in Minnesota in 14 years.

Scott Diamond (5-10) surrendered seven runs -- six earned -- on nine hits and three walks over five innings for Minnesota, which dropped its fourth consecutive contest.

Justin Morneau smacked a solo shot to center in the defeat.

After the Twins pushed across a pair of runs in the third to cut the deficit to 3-2, Kansas City plated a run in the fourth and fifth, and added two more in the sixth to surge ahead. 

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