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Billy Butler knocks in seven in Royals’ 9-8 win over Phillies

Apr 7, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

Billy Butler AP

Billy Butler had a grand slam, a two-run single and an RBI groundout to drive in a career-high seven runs as the Royals topped the Phillies 9-8 on Sunday.

Butler’s slam off Cole Hamels was originally ruled a double, but it was correctly overturned on replay.

The Royals won today despite going down 4-0 in the bottom of the first. James Shields gave up five singles in the inning, the first two of the infield variety. He rebounded from there to hold the Phillies scoreless over the next five innings.

Hamels, meanwhile, gave up eight runs in 5 2/3 innings to take his second straight loss. The 2012 17-game winner has opened this year 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA.

The Phillies almost made up a big deficit of their own by scoring four times in the bottom of the ninth before Kelvin Herrera finally struck out Erik Kratz to end the game.

With the Royals playing in an NL park, Butler only started today because the Phillies were throwing a left-hander. He played first base, while Eric Hosmer took a seat on the bench.

Butler became the first Royal to drive in seven runs since Jose Guillen did it on June 7, 2008. He had driven in as many as five runs just once previously, collecting six RBI against the Mariners as a rookie back in 2007.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Proof positive that the Butler did it.

    • UgglasForearms - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Groaning, but clicking the up thumb.

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Holland faltered again in the 9th inning for KC. Herrera had to come in and bail him out. KC might need a new closer.

  3. chiefwhirlingdervish10 - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Small thing, but it wasn’t a three-run double, it was a two-run single. Before that and the grand slam, his 7th RBI came from a run-scoring groundout early in the game. Great game from Billy today.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Apr 7, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      Whoops. Thank you!

  4. hojo20 - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    I wonder who the Royals will start in Game 1 of the ALDS.

  5. mungman69 - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Hard to believe that he wasn’t the star of the game. Who decides that?

  6. pkers - Apr 7, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    If only Butler had hit the homer off of Dennys Reyes, then we could have headlines saying “Country Breakfast gets a Dennys Grand Slam!”

  7. 13arod - Apr 7, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    had this guy on fanasty team but traded him for adam laroche didn’t pay off):

  8. blingslade - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Obviously the Phillies are who we thought they were.

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