KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For the Minnesota Twins, it was a dirty dozen.
The Kansas City Royals scored a team-record 12 runs in the sixth inning to beat the Twins 14-7 on Tuesday night.
"It feels great to be a part of it," Kansas City first baseman Mike Sweeney said. "After you score five or six, the crowd gets excited and as hitters we feed off each other."
Raul Ibanez and Ken Harvey each had two hits in the sixth. Every batter in the Kansas City lineup except Angel Berroa reached base in the inning.
The outburst broke the team record of 11 runs accomplished three times, most recently on Aug. 21, 1995 against Milwaukee. The inning also featured a team record-tying 16 plate appearances.
Kansas City has beaten Minnesota in six of the last eight meetings and are two games behind the Twins for the AL Central lead.
"Ugly ballgame. Got away from us," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We had a lead. We were cruising it looked like. Kenny Rogers had only given up two hits. It was a snowball effect. We just couldn't stop them."
For the game, Harvey was 4-for-5 with three doubles and five RBIs. Ibanez and Sweeney had two RBIs each.
Reliever Kris Wilson (3-0) thought he'd let the Royals down after giving up two runs in the top of the sixth to fall behind 3-1. After he was handed a 13-3 lead in the next half-inning, he hardly knew what to think.
"I never had that happen before," said Wilson.
With the bases loaded and nobody out, Carlos Beltran and Ibanez each had RBI singles off Rogers (5-3) before Harvey singled in two runs.
Brent Mayne had an RBI single, and Carlos Febles drove in a run with a squeeze bunt.
When pitcher J.C. Romero plunked Aaron Guiel following the sixth run, Romero and Gardenhire both were ejected. Michael Nakamura relieved and hit Joe Randa, bringing home the seventh run of the inning.
Sweeney then hit a double off the fence in center. Torii Hunter misplayed the ball for an error, which cleared the bases. With two out, Ibanez had another RBI single, and Harvey added a run-scoring double.
Tom Prince had a two-run homer for the Twins in the seventh. Rookie Justin Morneau hit his first major league home run in the eighth off of Albie Lopez.
Dustan Mohr added a solo homer in the ninth to make it 14-7.
Rogers went five innings and gave up six hits and seven runs, with four walks and three strikeouts.
"My luck ran out in the sixth," he said. "I just didn't have any command at all."
Notes: Royals starter Jeremy Affeldt went five innings, with five hits, one run, three strikeouts and a career-high five walks. ... Beltran reached base in eight straight plate appearances -- six walks and two hits -- before striking out in the fourth. ... Twins third baseman Corey Koskie has hit safely in 11 of 14 games. ... Matt LeCroy stranded six runners, striking out with the bases loaded in the third and flying out with them loaded in the sixth. ... Gardenhire has been ejected five times this season.
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