Kansas City, Mo. There was catcher’s interference and batter’s interference.
At one stretch, Houston got four hits on five pitches. Then Kansas City mounted a seven-run rally after it had two out and nobody on.
“Weird game,” said Kansas City catcher Jason Kendall, a key figure in an oddity-filled night that finally ended with the Royals on top of the mistake-prone Astros, 15-7.
“And there were about 1 million moths flying around from the seventh inning on,” Kendall added, waving his hand back and fourth in front of his face as though the pesky things were bugging him still.
Yuniesky Betancourt’s bases-loaded double keyed a seven-run, two-out rally in the fifth that finally put the Royals in command. Mike Aviles went 4-for-5 with a career-high four RBIs and Billy Butler, Alberto Callaspo and David DeJesus all had three hits as the Royals beat the Astros at home for just the second time in 10 games.
The Royals set a season high for runs and tied their season high with 20 hits.