After scoring seven runs in the series opener Monday at Houston and losing 9-7, the Royals scored four runs in the final two games at Minute Maid Park and won both.
Bruce Chen and four relievers combined for a 2-1 victory Wednesday over the Astros. While the Royals' offense managed only four hits, they scored just enough runs for the pitching.
Chen, working on three days' rest, allowed one run on five hits in 5 23 innings, striking out six and walking two.
Jonathan Broxton and Greg Holland weaved into and out of trouble in the eighth and ninth innings. Broxton permitted two singles and had runners on the corners with one out but recovered to get a strikeout and a flyout for his 18th save.
"The thing about him is he doesn't panic," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He stays calm and continues to make pitches."
-- INF Irving Falu was recalled Wednesday from Class AAA Omaha. Falu hit .326 in 12 games earlier this season with Kansas City in his first major l...