Billy Butler homered and drove in four runs to back Luke Hochevar who gets to .500 with an 8-8 record as the Royals beat Baltimore 6-2. Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie picked up his major league leading 15th loss.

Royals first basemen Eric Hosmer was named the AL Rookie of the month for July as he collected 34 hits and 12 doubles along with five homers and 19 RBI and had an 11 game hitting streak.