CINCINNATI (AP) — Zack Greinke struck out 12 in a five-hitter, ending a personal four-start skid and leading the Kansas City Royals to a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
Greinke (2-8) allowed two solo homers to Joey Votto but was in control throughout his first victory since May 13 against Cleveland and his second complete game of the season.
Billy Butler had four hits, including a homer, and drove in four runs for Kansas City, which took two of three in the weekend series. David DeJesus went 3 for 3 with a homer and scored four times.
The Royals scored six runs with two out, including Butler's two-run shot in the fifth that gave them a 3-2 lead. DeJesus singled and stole second before Butler hit a 1-0 pitch from Sam LeCure over the wall in center for his sixth homer and first since May 26 against Texas.
Butler added a two-run double in the seventh after the Royals chased LeCure (1-3), making it 5-2.
LeCure allowed four runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. The rookie right-hander has faced Cy Young Award winners Greinke and St. Louis' Chris Carpenter and tough San Francisco starter Matt Cain in his last three starts.
DeJesus connected in the ninth against Nick Masset, hitting the struggling reliever's first pitch to him deep to center.
Votto hit his 13th homer in the bottom half but Greinke, who won his first Cy Young last year, responded by striking out Jonny Gomes and Jay Bruce to end the game.
Votto also went deep in the first and Miguel Cairo had an RBI groundout as Cincinnati took a 2-1 lead.
NOTES: Royals C Jason Kendall went 0 for 5 and is mired in a 1-for-28 skid. ... Reds 2B Brandon Phillips was scratched with a cramp in his right hamstring, which also forced him out of a game against Pittsburgh on May 27. Phillips had started every game this season and missed just five innings. His 15-game hitting streak is Cincinnati's longest of the season and the longest current streak in the majors.