KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Bruce Chen won in the major leagues for the first time since 2005 and Billy Butler hit a two-run homer in a five-run first inning as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Seattle Mariners 8-2 on Thursday night.
Chen, who had lost his past 13 decisions, earned his first victory since Oct. 2, 2005, while with the Baltimore Orioles. Chen (1-6) held the Mariners to two runs, despite giving up 10 hits and a walk in 6 2-3 innings, matching his longest outing this season.
The Royals batted around in their biggest first inning since scoring five runs on Aug. 29, 2007, against Detroit.
Butler's home run was his season-high 13th. The inning included a two-run double by Mark Teahen and a run-scoring double by Yuniesky Betancourt.