KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Luke Hochevar tossed a three-hitter in his first career complete game and Alberto Callapso hit a two-run homer, helping the Kansas City Royals return home from a miserable road trip to beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 Friday night.

The Royals went 2-7 on their road trip and had lost 23 of 30 overall, in dire need of something positive in their first game at Kauffman Stadium this month.

Hochevar (3-2) did his part, needing just 80 pitches for his second straight solid outing. There wasn’t much offense, but homers by Callapso and Billy Butler were enough to beat Reds starter Matt Maloney (0-1) in his second career start.

Jonny Gomes hit his first homer since July 23 with Tampa Bay and also doubled, but Brandon Phillips’ single in the fourth was the Reds’ only other hit.

AP-ES-06-12-09 2230EDT


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