Whether the Royals’ inactivity at the trade deadline was a vote of confidence for the current roster or a lack of other options, the team the front office stayed with patched it together once again.

These Royals, whose offensive struggles have been well-documented, capitalized on a four-run seventh inning to overcome a leadoff home run and a pair of costly errors. They defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-3 on Thursday night to win their third consecutive series and improve to 55-52 in front of 24,127 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

“The bottom line is that you try to win each series and we came away with a 5-2 homestand,” Billy Butler said. “We did what we were supposed to do.”

With the victory, the Royals evened the season series with Minnesota at 6-6 and were able to gain a game on Detroit, which leads the American League Central.

The victory came at a cost though, as the Royals lost first baseman Eric Hosmer in the sixth inning when he reaggravated his hand injury and will miss three to six weeks.

Right-hander Yordano Ventura worked through a rocky start that included a leadoff home run to Danny Santana and kept the Royals in the game until a seventh inning surge.

Ventura battled back to carry the Royals to the eighth inning, allowing two runs — one earned — on five hits and recorded seven strikeouts for the second consecutive game since he had zero in his loss to Boston. It was his sixth start with at least seven strikeouts.