Billy Butler had another RBI, his fifth of the season as the bats came alive in the middle innings for an 11-5 win over the Dodgers.
Newly acquired starting pitcher Jeff Francis gave up a three run homer to Dodgers’ non-roster invitee Juan Castro, but despite the big inning, Francis was satisfied with his first outing.
“The double to Andre Ethier, the homer to Castro and the line doesn’t look very good,” Francis said, “but I think for the most part, I threw a lot of strikes with all three pitches, with the exception of a few that I fell behind on the count. And I grooved a couple, and they made me pay for it.”
Jarrod Dyson and Mitch Maier picked up RBIs on infield hits during a sixth-inning Royals rally, and Kila Ka’aihue and Joaquin Arias added two-run homers in the eighth and ninth, respectively, as the Royals pulled away.