KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to snap a seven-game losing streak by defeating the Washington Nationals 6-4 at Kauffman Stadium Sunday.
The Royals got two runs on two hits -- with only one leaving the infield -- in the winning rally. After two were out, Eric Hosmer walked, followed by a ground ball that kicked off the glove of first baseman Adam LaRoche. Pitcher Craig Stammen didn't cover and Butler was awarded a hit.
Mike Moustakas then walked to load the bases. Salvador Perez scorched a hard grounder to short, but the attempt to nail Butler at third was too late, giving the Royals the lead. David Lough followed with a sharp single to right, scoring Butler but Moustakas was out at home trying to score from second.
Kelvin Herrera (5-6) pitched a scoreless eighth to pick up the win. Greg Holland pitched the ninth for his 35th save in 37 attempts. He gave up two hits, but struck out the side. His 28th straight converted save is the longest active streak in the American League.
Stammen (7-6) took the loss.
The matchup between former teammates ended in a draw. Ervin Santana gave up four runs on 11 hits over 6 2/3 innings. Dan Haren allowed four runs on eight hits in seven innings. The two pitchers were teammates with the Angels from 2010-12. Santana was acquired in a trade with the Angels last Oct. 31 for pitcher Brandon Sisk. Haren signed with the Nationals as a free agent Dec. 7.
The Royals jumped on Haren quickly. Alex Gordon launched a 1-1 pitch 411 feet into the fountains in right to lead off the first. Emilio Bonifacio then walked and scored from first on an infield single. Hosmer hit a screamer that handcuffed shortstop Ian Desmond. Bonifacio, who was off on the pitch, never stopped running and raced around the bases while Desmond retrieved the ball in very short center.
Hosmer was thrown out attempting to steal second, but with two outs Moustakas singled to right and Perez hit his sixth home run into the Royals bullpen in left.
The Royals survived a scare in the third when Santana took a line drive off his right hip. But Santana retired the next two hitters to keep the Nationals off the scoreboard.
The Nationals scored in the fourth on Desmond's second home run in as many nights. He caromed one off the facade of the Royals' Hall of Fame beyond the left-field bullpen, 431 feet from home. But unlike the previous two games, that's all the Nationals got. Washington had scored seven and four runs in the fourth in the previous two games.
The Nationals tied it in the seventh. Denard Span hit a two-out solo home run to cut the lead to 4-2. Span was 4-for-5 on the day. Ryan Zimmerman then laced a single to left, followed by a two-run home run Bryce Harper to left.
NOTES: OF Jayson Werth returned to the Nationals' lineup after missing Saturday's game with an infection between his fourth and fifth toes on his right foot. He was the Nationals' designated hitter. ... RHP Luke Hochevar was placed on the paternity list for the Royals. He pitched three innings Saturday out of the bullpen. ... Sunday's game marked the final interleague game for both teams. Kansas City secured its fifth straight losing interleague campaign with Saturday's loss. The Nationals assured themselves of their third straight winning record against the American League.