American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Houston|
(Tuesday, April 15th)
Final Score: Kansas City 4, Houston 2
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Omar Infante smacked a homer, drove in two
runs and scored a pair, Yordano Ventura picked up his first big-league win
and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Houston Astros, 4-2, on Tuesday
night in the opener of a three-game set.
Ventura (1-0) struck out a career-high seven and surrendered two runs -- one
earned -- on four hits and three walks over seven innings for Kansas City,
which was swept in Minnesota over the weekend.
"I'm just really proud for him because that was like his fifth time he's gone
for his first win and he's had an opportunity to win ballgames two or three
times and we couldn't hold it for him," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Eric Hosmer cracked an RBI double among his two hits in the triumph.
Lucas Harrell (0-3) yielded four runs on five hits and three walks over five
frames for the Astros, who have dropped six of their last eight games.
"Through my first 10 hitters, I threw one first-pitch strike. That can't
happen," Harrell said.
The game was tied 1-1 after both teams plated a run in the first, but the
Royals pushed across a pair in the third and another in the fifth to surge in
Lorenzo Cain led off with a sharp single into the gap in left-center and
advanced to third when the ball darted past the glove of left fielder Robbie
Grossman and trickled all the way to the wall.
Norichika Aoki walked two batters later and Infante grounded into a force out
to bring Cain home. Infante crossed the plate when Hosmer drilled a
double off the top of the left-field wall.
Billy Butler's sacrifice fly in the fifth gave KC a 4-1 advantage.
Houston got a run back in the home half on Carlos Corporan's one-out homer to
right, but Wade Davis fanned two in a 1-2-3 eighth and Greg Holland struck out
the side in the ninth to notch his fourth save of the year.
Earlier, Infante's one-out shot to left opened the scoring, but Houston tied
it in the home half when Dexter Fowler began the inning with a double and
later scored on an errant pickoff attempt.
The Royals picked up their first win in six road games this season ... The
Royals were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
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