MLB: Kansas City 4, Houston 2

June 7, 2013 at 11:20 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 7 (UPI) -- Billy Butler's RBI double put Kansas City in front during a two-run eighth Friday, giving the Royals a 4-2 victory over Houston.

Kansas City won its third in a row and the Royals handed the Astros their 40th loss in 62 games this season.

Jason Castro doubled in a run in the seventh to lift Houston into a 2-2 tie, but the Royals regained the lead in the eighth against Wesley Wright (0-2).

Eric Hosmer singled to open the inning and with one out Butler sent a double to left that scored the go-ahead run. Butler then came in on a two-out double by David Lough.

Reliever Kelvin Herrera (3-4) was credited with the win after retiring the side in order in the eighth. Greg Holland also turned in a perfect ninth inning for his 11th save.

Kansas City starter James Shields limited Houston to two runs through seven innings despite allowing a dozen base runners.

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