MLB: Kansas City 8, Cleveland 2

April 25, 2012 at 10:27 PM
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CLEVELAND, April 25 (UPI) -- Billy Butler started Kansas City's offense with one home run and finished it with a second Wednesday, lifting the Royals to an 8-2 victory over Cleveland.

Kansas City snapped a 12-game losing streak, winning for just the fourth time this season.

Butler hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the ninth. All of Kansas City's runs came on long balls, with Eric Hosmer contributing a two-run blast in the fifth and Alex Gordon hitting a three-run shot in the ninth prior to Butler's second home run of the game.

Kansas City had not won since April 10.

The victory went to Luke Hochevar (2-1), who allowed two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Two of the Royals' homers came off starter Ubaldo Jimenez (2-1). He lasted six innings while giving up four runs on six hits.

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