David Lough had himself a game on Sunday, hitting three doubles and the go-ahead solo home run, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 9-8 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Lough's solo home run came in the eighth inning. The Royals bullpen had just coughed up a three-run lead, leaving the game tied 7-7. The rightfielder turned on a 1-0 Jared Burton fastball, powering the pitch over the right field wall.

The Twins plated the first runs of the game in the bottom of the second inning. Justin Morneau drew a leadoff walk against Ervin Santana, then Oswaldo Arcia followed with a one-out walk. Chris Parmelee then hit a double off the right-field wall, which scored Morneau. A quick relay by Lough helped keep Arcia at third, which would prove pivotal.

Eduardo Escobar lined out to second base, and Johnny Giavotella nearly doubled Parmelee off second base. The ball was well-placed for the Royals, as it would have likely gone for a hit had the infield been at normal depth. Santana fanned Pedro Florimon to end the inning.

Kansas City scrapped together a pair of runs to take the lead in the top of the third inning in very Royal fashion. Lorenzo Cain led off the inning with an infield single, then Lough blooped a double to shallow right field, advancing Cain to third. Giavotella followed with the second infield hit of the inning, driving in Cain.

Alex Gordon picked up the second RBI of the inning, driving in Lough from third with a deep sacrifice fly to centerfield. Alcides Escobar struck out and Eric Hosmer hit a flyout to end the inning.

The Royals increased their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Billy Butler drew a leadoff walk, then Mike Moustakas hit a one-out single to put two runners on. Cain nearly hit a three-run homer, just hooking the ball foul, but ended up flying out for the second out of the inning.

Lough came through in the clutch with a two-out double, driving in Butler and Moustakas with a line drive off the rightfield wall. Giavotella followed Lough with a single to left field, picking up his second RBI of the day to give the Royals a 5-1 lead.

Minnesota climbed back into the game thanks to a mistake from Santana and some poor infield defense. Florimon slapped a single to start the inning, then Clete Thomas crushed a two-run homer. Santana hung an 0-1 slider, and Thomas yanked the pitch over the right field wall.