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Butler reaches 100 homers in career

Associated Press Published: September 15, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Billy Butler finally got his 100th home run. It came in another Kansas City Royals loss.

Butler, Mike Moustakas and Jeff Francoeur homered for the Royals, but the Los Angeles Angels rallied for a 9-7 victory on Friday night.

Pinch hitter Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer during an eighth-inning rally that sent the Los Angeles Angels over the Kansas City Royals 9-7.

Four hours before the game, a man shot and wounded a female parking lot employee between the stadiums that are home to the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals before killing himself, police said.

The pair were both in their 40s and knew each other, but police did not elaborate on their relationship. The woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition. There was no mention of the shooting over the public address system at Kauffman Stadium.

Butler and Moustakas homered in the second to give the Royals a 2-0 led. Butler's home run, which caromed off a billboard at the top of the Royals' bullpen, was the 100th of his career. He had been stuck on 99 since Aug. 11, going 93 at-bats without a homer. Two batters later Moustakas hit his 20th home run.

"I'm glad I got it at home, to do it in front of the home crowd and the reception was great," Butler said. "It's a great feeling. I got a pitch to drive and put a good swing on it."

Butler received a nice ovation and came out of the dugout to tip his cap.

"That was good to see," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "That's a milestone to get behind you."

What was not good for Yost to see was his bullpen give up a lead for the second straight game. The Angels torched the Royals relievers for four runs, one day after the Minnesota Twins scored three runs the final three innings off the Kansas City bullpen to rally for a 4-3 victory.

Morales homered on the first pitch from Tim Collins (5-3) with Mark Trumbo aboard to make it 7-all. Collins threw 11 pitches, faced four batters and retired none, allowing two singles and hitting Albert Pujols on an 0-2 count.

"We knew Morales is a much, much better left-handed hitter than right-handed hitter and we could see him in the dugout there getting ready so we had Timmy (Collins) ready," Yost said. "A guy coming off the bench is going to be hunting a fastball. Timmy threw him a fastball and it was definitely in a good spot and he hit it a long way."

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