HOUSTON (AP) - Lance Berkman homered twice and drove in four runs to help the Houston Astros overcome an error-filled day and beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Thursday.
Berkman entered the game needing to drive in one run to become the third player in franchise history to reach 1,000 RBIs. He did it on his first at-bat, a two-run shot to far left field that gave Houston a 2-1 lead and put him with fellow "Killer Bs" Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio as the only Astros to reach the mark.
He pushed his total to 1,003 in the sixth inning with a drive to almost the same spot, scoring scored Carlos Lee and putting Houston back on top 5-4.
The win is Houston's first of this interleague series and keeps the Royals from sweeping the Astros for the first time.