Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Luke Hochevar held Houston scoreless into the eighth inning and Billy Butler homered as Kansas City took a 2-0 decision in the middle test of a three-game interleague series.
Hochevar (4-7) scattered five hits, walked four and fanned six through 7 2/3 innings for the Royals, who have won six of eight. Jonathan Broxton turned in a scoreless ninth for his 17th save.
Wandy Rodriguez (6-5) allowed six hits and two runs over seven full frames for the Astros, who have dropped six of eight.
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