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Plouffe homers twice, Twins beat Royals 10-8

Trevor Plouffe homered twice, Josh Willingham and Drew Butera had one each and the Minnesota Twins came back from four runs down to take a big lead, then held on to beat the Kansas City Royals 10-8 Sunday.

With one run already across in the sixth, Willingham hit a three-run homer to tie the game at 5. Two batters later, Plouffe hit a solo shot for his second of the day.

Plouffe also hit a solo homer in the second inning. Butera added a three-run shot in the eighth.

Bruce Chen (7-7), who had allowed just one earned run in each of his last two starts, gave up six earned runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. Irving Falu drove in four runs for the Royals..

Reliever Jeff Gray (4-0) got the last two outs of the sixth and the first of the seventh for Minnesota.