KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 10 (UPI) -- Billy Butler's RBI double in the first inning triggered a five-run outburst Tuesday that carried the Kansas City Royals over Minnesota 7-4.
Alcides Escobar went 3-for-4 with a run-scoring single for Kansas City, which clinched its three-game, home-opening series against Minnesota.
Jeremy Guthrie (2-0) earned the victory despite surrendering four runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out two.
Tim Collins tossed a scoreless eighth and Greg Holland collected his second save as the Royals improved to 5-3 for the season.
Pelfrey lasted only two innings, yielding six runs on eight hits in absorbing the loss.