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The Houston Astros got another good outing from their starting pitcher, and their bullpen was just fine for a change. J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer off James Shields, Jordan Lyles pitched six effective innings and the Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Wednesday night. Lyles (2-1) allowed one run and six hits in his 50th career game. Travis Blackley and Hector Ambriz each got three outs before Jose Veras pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save one night after the bullpen struggled in a 7-3 loss. ''They've been taxed a lot this year and called upon on numerous occasions, so every once in a while you're going to have the kind of game that we had last night,'' manager Bo Porter said. ''But again, it speaks to the character of the men down there. They hold themselves accountable to holding a lead, and tonight they did a tremendous job. All of them.'' Bud Norris pitched six shutout innings Tuesday, but the Royals scored seven times in the final three innings. Houston b...
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