TORONTO – Luke Hochevar won for the third time in four starts after leaving the game with a sprained ankle, Eric Hosmer had three RBIs and the Kansas City Royals beat the Blue Jays 9-6 on Thursday night.
All-Star Billy Butler snapped a season-long 0-for-24 hitless streak against Toronto pitching and Yuniesky Betancourt homered as the Royals won for the second time in six games. Salvador Perez tied a career-high with four hits, all singles, and Kansas City finished with a season-high 16 hits.
Hochevar (6-8) gave up two runs and four hits in five innings before leaving with his injury. Jonathan Broxton finished in the ninth for his 21st save in 24 opportunities.
J.P. Arencibia hit two home runs for the Blue Jays and Henderson Alvarez (5-7) gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.