Jun 19, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Luke Hochevar (44) throws a pitch against the Houston Astros in the second inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

Royals Vs. Astros: Bruce Chen Rebounds, KC Edges Houston 2-1

Luke Hochevar pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a 2-0 Royals win.

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Kansas City Royals Vs. Houston Astros Final Score: Royals Hang On For 2-1 Win

Bruce Chen got back on track for the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday afternoon, allowing just one run in five and two thirds innings. Chen, who failed to get out of the second inning against the Cardinals over the weekend, failed to escape the sixth inning, but still pitched effectively, giving up just five hits while issuing two walks and striking out six.

Kelvin Herrera, who came on in relief of Chen, was excellent. Herrera finished the sixth inning and pitched the seventh, striking out each batter he faced.

The Royals look the lead in the fifth inning, when Brayan Pena's groundout scored Mike Moustakas, giving KC a 1-0 lead. Kansas City added to that lead the next inning, when an error by shortstop Jed Lowrie allowed Alex Gordon to score.

Lowrie, though, redeemed himself slightly in the bottom half of the sixth, as his infield single plated Jordan Schafer, cutting the lead to 2-1.

Jonathan Broxton got himself into a bit of trouble to start the ninth, giving up a leadoff single to Chris Snyder. After retiring Matt Downs on a fielder's choice, Jose Altuve singled, putting runners on the corners with one out. Broxton, though, struck out Brian Bixler for the second out and retired Jordan Schafer on a fly out to end the game.

Kansas City will be off Thursday and open up a three-game series against the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night in Kansas City.

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

Bruce Chen is looking to return to form after only three days rest. The veteran lefty was pulled after a terrible outing against the Cardinals on Saturday, giving up six runs and seven hits on only 40 pitches. Ned Yost elected to push back starter Vin Mazzaro and give Chen the start Wednesday to try and regain his form (quote courtesy of MLB.com)

"I didn't pitch well at all," Chen said of his last start. "I wasn't commanding my pitches. I didn't make my pitches and I got hit."

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

Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas

TV: Fox Sports

Radio: KCSP 610

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

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Royals Vs. Astros: Hochevar Tosses Gem In 2-0 Win

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

Billy Butler hit a solo homer in the top of the first inning, and that would turn out to be all the Royals needed. Along with the five hits, Hochevar walked four and struck out six.

In the third inning, Alcides Escobar singled home Yuniesky Betancourt to double the lead to 2-0. Butler went 2-for-3 with the home run and a walk, while Escobar went 2-for-4. Jonathan Broxton allowed one walk in the ninth, but picked up his 17th save of the season. The teams will play the rubber match in a day game on Wednesday.

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Royals Vs. Astros: Tuesday Lineups Announced

The Royals quest to to get back in the AL Central race hit a bump Monday night when they fell to the Astros 9-7. They will look to get back on the right track Tuesday when they send Luke Hochevar to the hill against Wandy Rodriguez.

Tuesday's lineups are:

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


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
9. Wandy Rodriguez (S) P


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

The Kansas City Royals showed a lot of heart against the Houston Astros on Monday night in their five-run ninth inning rally that almost stunned the feeble Minute Maid Park crowd.

If it goes as planned for the Royals, they'll pick up right where they left off, this time with Luke Hochevar (3-7, 6.27 ERA) starting on the mound for KC and he's known to be a much better pitcher on the road this year than at home.

Meanwhile, the Stros are starting Wandy Rodriguez (6-4, 3.35 ERA). Take a look at the game schedule and broadcast information right here:

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 19, 8:05 p.m. ET

Location: Minute Maid Park - Houston, TX

TV: Fox Sports (local affiliates)

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Royals Vs. Astros: Late Comeback Falls Short In 9-7 Loss

A five-run ninth wasn't enough to complete a comeback as the Royals dropped Monday's series-opener against the Astros 9-7 in Houston.

Jonathan Sanchez allowed four runs (three earned) over six innings and picked up the loss while Louis Coleman gave up five earned runs over two innings of relief.

Kansas City took a 1-0 lead in an RBI-single from Jeff Francoeur in the top of the first, but Houston scored two in the bottom frame and the Royals never led again. The Astros led 4-2 heading to the bottom of the eighth, and a five-run frame blew the game open. 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 Houston reliever Brett Myers. But Xavier Cedeno came in with the bases loaded and two outs and got Mike Moustakas to foul out and end the game.

Alex Gordon led the Royals at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored.

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Royals Vs. Astros: Lineups Announced For Monday

Lineups for the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros have been announced. Earlier in the day, the Royals made a few roster moves and shake-ups, which will allow a 14-man pitching rotation for the team for Monday's game.

Take a look here at the lineups for both teams.

Kansas City Royals

1. Alex Gordon (L) LF
2. Yuniesky Betancourt (R) 2B
3. Billy Butler (R) 1B
4. Jeff Francoeur (R) RF
5. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
6. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
7. Humberto Quintero (R) C
8. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF
9. Jonathan Sanchez (L) P

Houston Astros

1. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
2. Brian Bixler (R) SS
3. Justin Maxwell (R) CF
4. Carlos Lee (R) 1B
5. J.D. Martinez (R) LF
6. Chris Johnson (R) 3B
7. Matt Downs (R) RF
8. Chris Snyder (R) C
9. J.A. Happ (L) P

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Kansas City Royals Roster Moves: Chris Getz Placed On Disabled List

Kansas City Royals infielder Chris Gretz has been placed on the disabled list Monday with a lateral strain in his lower leg and right-handed reliever Nate Adcock was sent to Triple-A Omaha, the team reported.

Getz went down in Sunday's game against the Cardinals when he tried to field a ground ball. He didn't return to the game. This is especially disappointing for Getz since he just came off the disabled list six days ago after missing 17 games with a left ribcage contusion.

Adcock pitched two scoreless outings against the Cardinals, going 1 1/3 innings on Saturday and an inning on Sunday. He has a 3.12 ERA in 26 innings on the season.Kansas City brought up right-handed pitcher Louis Coleman and left-hander Tommy Hottovy from Omaha, both of whom will be available for Monday's series opener with the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

These roster moves give Kansas City a 14-man pitching staff.

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Royals Vs. Astros: Kansas City Only Five Games Back Of First Place

The Royals open a series against the Astros, who have lost 16 of their last 21 games.

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