MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Corey Koskie homered and drove in four runs as the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 Sunday for their fourth win a row.

Minnesota won its sixth straight against the Royals. Kansas City was swept in the three-game series and has lost eight of 10.

Koskie hit a two-run homer in the second off Blake Stein (0-1). Koskie doubled home a run in the fourth and chased Stein with an RBI single in the sixth.

Needing a triple for the cycle, Koskie drew a walk in the eighth

LaTroy Hawkins (9-11) stopped his three-game losing streak. He allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings and was helped by two inning-ending double plays.

Hawkins has won eight of his last 12 decisions after starting the season with a 1-7 record.

Stein, acquired from Oakland on July 31 in a trade for Kevin Appier, is winless in five starts for the Royals despite a 2.75 ERA. He gave up five runs on five hits and four walks in five innings.

The Twins took a 3-0 lead in the third on an RBI groundout by Matt Lawton after singles by Doug Mientkiewicz and Jacque Jones and a sacrifice by Cristian Guzman.

Kansas City scored in the fourth when Ray Holbert singled, moved up on a wild pitch and Mike Sweeney doubled.

Sweeney, who also singled, has eight hits in his last 19 at-bats. Holbert also had two hits for Kansas City.

Notes: The Royals have not homered in three straight games after hitting six in their previous four games. ... Johnny Damon's first-inning single extended his hitting streak to 14 games for Kansas City. ... The Twins took the season series from the Royals 8-5. ... All nine of Koskie's homers have come against right-handers.