Royals sweep Twins to earn 5th-straight win

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez. left, congratulates Greg Holland, right, getting Minnesota Twins' Ryan Doumit for the final out in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Minneapolis. The Royals won 3-1.(AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Bruce Chen bounced back with a solid start and the Kansas City Royals completed a sweep and won their fifth straight game, beating Minnesota 3-1 Thursday to hand the Twins their fifth loss in a row.

The Royals took all three games at Target Field.

Chen (6-2) gave up one run and five hits in 5 2-3 innings. In his past two starts, he allowed 13 runs in nine innings.

Greg Holland earned his 36th save in 38 chances.

Alcides Escobar, Chris Getz and Alex Gordon hit RBI singles for the Royals.

Brian Dozier homered for Minnesota, which has totaled just six runs during its losing skid.

Samuel Deduno (8-8) allowed three runs in three innings before leaving because of soreness in his right shoulder.

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