Kansas City 2, Houston 0

Boxscore | Recap
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 8:05 PM
Location - Minute Maid Park
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Bob Davidson,
Attendance - 18098

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Kansas City 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 1
Houston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Kansas City 30-36 11-20 19-16 W1
Houston 28-40 19-15 9-25 L1

Recap

Royals 2, Astros 0: Luke Hochevar turned in his best start of the season with 7 2/3 scoreless innings and Billy Butler homered as visiting Kansas City evened the series at a game apiece.

Alcides Escobar drove in a run and Jonathan Broxton earned his 17th save in 20 opportunities for the Royals, who have won six of eight.

Hochevar (4-7) had not won since May 12 but was sharp on Tuesday, striking out six and generating 10 groundouts. He allowed five hits while walking four.

Hochevar’s biggest trouble spot came in the eighth, when he walked a batter and surrendered a single with two outs. Aaron Crow came on and struck out Justin Maxwell to keep the shutout intact.

Wandy Rodriguez (6-5) was nearly as good for Houston, allowing two runs and six hits while walking two and striking out three in seven innings. The veteran left-hander made his biggest mistake in the first inning, when he left a 1-0 fastball over the inside corner to Butler, who took it out to deep left for his 13th home run.

Kansas City tacked on an insurance run in the third when Escobar’s two-out single scored Yuniesky Betancourt.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Maxwell made a leaping catch against the left-field wall in the sixth to rob extra bases from Escobar. … Royals 3B Mike Moustakas made a nice play in the infield, racing in from third base to catch a sacrifice bunt attempt in the air. … Kansas City top prospect Bubba Starling sat out season opener for Class A Burlington on Tuesday with an injured hamstring.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Kansas City   Houston
Luke Hochevar Player Wandy Rodriguez
Win W/L Loss
7.2 IP 7.0
6 Strikeouts 3
5 Hits 6
0.00 ERA 2.57
Hitting
Kansas City   Houston
Billy Butler Player Carlos Lee
2 Hits 2
1 RBI 0
1 HR 0
5 TB 3
.667 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Kansas City 8 1 11 .242 14 3 2 2 0 1
Houston 5 0 6 .167 19 8 0 5 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Houston will play their next game at home against Kansas City. The Astros have a W/L % of .429 after a win and .410 after a loss.
  • Kansas City will play their next game on the road against Houston. The Royals have a W/L % of .467 after a win and .444 after a loss.