Kansas City 2, Houston 1

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 2:05 PM
Location - Minute Maid Park
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - Dan Bellino, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski,
Attendance - 30687

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Kansas City 31-36 11-20 20-16 W2
Houston 28-41 19-16 9-25 L2

Recap


Royals 2, Astros 1:
Bruce Chen pitched 5 2/3 solid innings to outduel Jordan Lyles as visiting Kansas City edged Houston in the rubber match of a three-game set.

Brayan Pena recorded the lone RBI on a groundout and Alex Gordon scored on an error for the Royals, who have won seven of nine.

Chen (6-6) allowed one run on five hits while striking out six and walking two. The veteran left-hander bounced back from a disastrous start last weekend in which he was lit up for six runs in 1 2/3 innings at St. Louis.

Lyles (1-4) matched his longest effort of the season, working seven innings and surrendering only two runs and three hits. The 21-year-old right-hander struck out four and did not walk a batter, but was saddled with his third straight loss.

Kansas City scratched out a run in the fifth when Mike Moustakas led off with a double, moved to third on a groundout and came in on Pena’s groundout.

The Royals extended it to 2-0 in the sixth as Alex Gordon tripled and came in to score on Jed Lowrie’s error at short.

The Astros got a run back on Lowrie’s RBI single in the sixth, but four Kansas City relievers combined to strike out eight in 3 1/3 innings.

Jonathan Broxton allowed a pair of hits in the ninth but got the final two outs with the tying run on third to lock down his 18th save.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Astros LF J.D. Martinez recorded his second multi-hit game in as many starts. He was 7-for-47 (.149) in his previous 12 games. … Houston CF Jason Maxwell left the game after the fifth inning due to a left ankle sprain. … Prior to the game, the Royals recalled IF Irving Falu from Class AAA Oklahoma and optioned RH Louis Coleman to the minors.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Kansas City   Houston
Bruce Chen Player Jordan Lyles
Win W/L Loss
5.2 IP 7.0
6 Strikeouts 4
5 Hits 3
1.59 ERA 2.57
Hitting
Kansas City   Houston
Mike Moustakas Player J.D. Martinez
1 Hits 2
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
2 TB 3
.333 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Kansas City 4 0 7 .129 7 7 2 0 0 0
Houston 8 0 10 .235 23 14 1 3 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Houston will play their next game at home against Cleveland. The Astros have a W/L % of .429 after a win and .400 after a loss.
  • Kansas City will play their next game at home against St. Louis. The Royals have a W/L % of .484 after a win and .444 after a loss.