HOUSTON, June 20 (UPI) --
Kansas City's Bruce Chen
had a solid outing for the Royals, who made the most of their four hits Wednesday in a 2-1 interleague victory over the Houston Astros.
Chen (6-6) allowed five hits and two walks while striking out six over 5 1/3 innings. Both walks and two of the hits came in the sixth when Houston scored its run.
The Royals fashioned a 2-0 lead before that off Houston starter Jordan Lyles (1-4). Lyles gave up just three hits and didn't walk a batter in a seven-inning outing but still lost.
Lyles retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced until Mike Moustakas led off the fifth with a double. Moustakas took third on one groundout and scored on one by Brayan Pena.
Alex Gordon led off the Royals' sixth with a triple and scored on an error by Houston shortstop Jed Lowrie.
The Astros run came in the bottom of the sixth when Chen walked Jordan Schafer and Carlos Lee to open the inning. Schafer advanced to third on a double play and scored on Lowrie's single.
Houston got two hits off Kansas City closer Jonathan Broxton in the ninth, putting the tying run on third before Broxton got the final outs for his 18th save.
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