KANSAS CITY, Mo -

Alcides Escobar hit a two-run triple and Yordano Ventura pitched seven effective innings as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Thursday.

           

Escobar's triple highlighted a four-run seventh. The inning also included Jarrod Dyson's run-scoring single. Dyson stole second and third and scored on catcher Eric Fryer's throwing error.

           

Ventura (8-8) limited the Twins to two runs, one earned, on five hits, while striking out seven.

           

Danny Santana led off the game with a home run. Mike Moustakas committed two throwing errors in the third to gift the Twins with an unearned run.

           

Caleb Thielbar (2-1) retired only one of three batters he faced for Minnesota.

 The bad news of the night came after the game when Royals' manager Ned Yost told the media that first baseman Eric Hosmer would be out for 3-4 weeks with a stress fracture in his right hand.