Astros Vs. Royals: Houston Bats Silenced Again, Lose 2-1 To KC

The Houston offense was shut down by Luke Hochevar in a 2-0 loss.

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Astros Vs. Royals, Series Recap: No Balance Between Hitting, Pitching

One game it's the back end pitching, another it's the entire batting lineup. The Houston Astros face all sorts of issues.

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Houston Astros Vs. Kansas City Royals Final Score: KC Edges Houston, 2-1

Houston's bats were silenced yet again on Wednesday afternoon, as Bruce Chen and the Kansas City Royals edged out the Astros, defeating Houston 2-1.

Chen pitched five and two thirds innings, giving up just one run on five hits, while issuing two walks and striking out six. Houston couldn't score off of Kansas City's reliever parade, as Kelvin Herrera, Jose Mijares, Greg Holland and Jon Broxton finished out the game for KC.

The Astros had Broxton in trouble in the ninth. Chris Snyder led off the inning with a single, before Matt Downs grounded into a fielder's choice. A one-out single by Jose Altuve put runners on the corners with one out, but Broxton struck out Brian Bixler for the second out, and induced a flyout by Jordan Schafer to end the game.

Justin Maxwell, who started the game in center for the Astros, left the game in the fourth inning because of a sprained left ankle.

Jordan Lyles fell to 1-4 on the season, despite pitching well. Lyles pitched seven innings, giving up just three hits, walking none and striking out four, while surrendering two runs.

Houston's bats struck out 14 times on Wednesday afternoon, and the failure to put the ball in play in the ninth inning certainly haunted Houston.

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Astros Vs. Royals: Game 3 Preview, TV Info And More

The Astros have struggled in rubber matches this season, and on Wednesday they'll send out the struggling Jordan Lyles to try and close out a series win over the Royals. Lyles is 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA in his last two starts, despite carrying shutouts on the road into the fifth inning in each of those outings (quote courtesy MLB.com)

"He said he didn't feel like the game's getting away from him," Mills said on Friday. "He was cruising along so well and throwing the ball so well, and even some of those hits really weren't stung, but they found the holes."

Date / Time: Wednesday, June 20, 1:05 p.m. CT

Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Radio: KTRH 740, KLAT 1010

Probable Starters: Bruce Chen (5-6) vs. Jordan Lyles (1-3)

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Astros Vs. Royals: Houston Bats Silenced In 2-0 Loss

Royals starter Luke Hochevar allowed just five hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings as the Astros fell 2-0 in Houston on Tuesday night.

For his part, Wandy Rodriguez pitched well, giving up two earned runs on six hits over seven innings. But the Houston offense couldn't muster much. Billy Butler hit a solo home run in the top of the first and that would be all KC needed. The Royals added another run in the third inning.

Carlos Lee led Houston at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a walk, while Chris Johnson went 2-for-4. Brandon Lyon allowed two hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief.

The teams will have the rubber match in a day game on Wednesday.

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Astros Vs. Royals: Tuesday Lineups Announced

After last night's 9-7 victory, the Houston Astros will try to make it two in a row against the Kansas City Royals. Houston will send Wandy Rodirguez to the hill, while Kansas City will counter with Luke Hochevar.

Tuesday's lineups:

Kansas City Royals

1. Alex Gordon (L) LF
3. Billy Butler (R) 1B
4. Jeff Francoeur (R) RF
5. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
6. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
8. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF
9. Luke Hochevar (R) P

Houston Astros

1. Jordan Schafer (L) CF
2. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
3. Jed Lowrie (S) SS
4. Carlos Lee (R) 1B
5. Justin Maxwell (R) LF
6. Brian Bogusevic (L) RF
7. Chris Johnson (R) 3B
8. Jason Castro (L) C


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Astros Vs. Royals: Game 2 Preview, TV Info And More

The Astros barely got out of Minute Maid Park with a win on Monday night, after Brett Myers managed to compromise a 9-2 lead in the ninth inning by giving up five runs on seven hits. Houston is going to take a win however it can get it, but the Stros are going to want to play better with Luke Hochevar (3-7, 6.27 ERA) on the mound for the Royals and Wandy Rodriguez (6-4, 3.35 ERA) pitching for Houston.

Hochevar for some reason is a much better pitcher on the road, remaining winless at home but 3-3 in other cities. Still, there's room to take advantage of the Royals' pitcher (the way the Royals did Myers on Monday night in the 9th) if the Stros are hitting the ball the way they did in the first game, which saw the team blast three home runs.

Check out the game schedule and broadcast information here:

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 19, 7:05 p.m. CT

Location: Minute Maid Park

TV: Fox Sports (local affiliates)

Online broadcasting: MLB.tv

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Astros Vs. Royals: Houston Holds On For 9-7 Win

Brett Myers gave up five earned runs in the ninth inning, but Xavier Cedeno was able to get the final out and secure a 9-7 win over the Royals on Monday night in Houston.

Kansas City took a 1-0 lead in an RBI-single in the top of the first, but Houston scored two in the bottom frame on a homer from Brian Bixler and a KC throwing error. The Astros led 4-2 heading to the bottom of the eighth, and a five-run frame blew the game open. Brian Bogusevic and Justin Maxwell each homered in the inning. But closing out the game wasn't easy for Houston.

Eight singles and a sac fly brought home five runs in the top of the ninth off Myers. But Xavier Cedeno came in with the bases loaded and two outs and got Mike Moustakas to foul out and end the game.

J.A. Happ gave up two earned runs on four hits over six innings in the start. Maxwell went 2-for-3 with a homer, two walks, three RBIs and two runs scored to lead Houston at the plate.

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Bud Norris Injury: Pitcher Placed On 15-Day DL With Sprained Knee

The Astros placed starting pitcher Bud Norris on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a sprained left knee. The move is retroactive to June 12.

The decision wasn't a shocker. Norris injured his hip flexor on May 31 and struggled after that. He sprained his knee against the Giants last Tuesday. The Astros called up Dallas Keuchel from Triple-A Oklahoma to make his Major League debut in place of Norris on Sunday.

Norris is 5-4 with a 4.81 ERA this season. From MLB.com:

"I've been trying to go out there and pitch at 80 percent and unfortunately I haven't been helping the team much," Norris said. "It's frustrating in that regard. I want to be out there every fifth day, but I understand that short term is more important than the long term and I have a whole second half to put it together to come back from this thing. I'm hoping it doesn't take a long time."

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Astros Vs. Royals: Houston Returns Home After Poor Road Trip

The Astros have lost 16 of their last 21 games and welcome a hot Royals club to Houston.

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