Twins end Royals five-game winning streak

A pitch thrown by Colorado Rockies pitcher Manuel Corpas lands in the glove of Rockies invitee Ryan Casteel, over two lines strung above home plate as pitchers work on pitch placement during spring training baseball practice, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Phil Hughes ended a personal losing streak that dated to last July, pitching into the seventh inning Sunday and helping the Twins top the Kansas City Royals 8-3 to avoid a three-game sweep.

Hughes (1-1), who signed a $24 million, three-year deal in December, allowed an RBI single to Omar Infante in the fifth and a two-run homer to Alcides Escobar in the seventh while winning for the first time in 17 appearances. He had lost eight games since that victory on July 2.

Josmil Pinto homered and Trevor Plouffe and Kurt Suzuki each drove in a pair of runs for the Twins, who battered Yordano Ventura (1-1) before piling on against the Royals’ bullpen.

The loss ended Kansas City’s five-game winning streak.

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