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Butler has two-run homer for Royals in win

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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP)

Billy Butler hit a two-run homer and Luis Mendoza worked four scoreless innings as the Kansas City Royals beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2 Saturday.

Butler, who is 7 for 15 in six spring training games, homered in the fifth with Eric Hosmer aboard.

Mendoza, the 2011 Pacific Coast League pitcher of the year, gave up just two hits, both to Brandon Wood, and struck out three. He has not allowed a run in six innings in two spring training starts as he is competing for a spot in the Kansas City rotation.

Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin allowed one run on three hits, while striking out three, in three innings to take the loss. Wood had three of the Rockies' nine hits, who have lost five straight.

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