Houston Rookie Yordano Ventura threw seven solid innings for his first major-league win to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Omar Infante homered and drove in two runs for the Royals.
Ventura (1-0), an elite prospect with a 100 mph fastball, allowed four hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts in seven innings — both career highs — in his fifth major-league start.
Infante had a solo shot in the first inning off Lucas Harrell (0-3) and added an RBI in the third inning as the Royals found some offense after managing just five runs combined as they were swept in a weekend series at Minnesota.
Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler had an RBI each for Kansas City, and Lorenzo Cain had a pair of hits for his fourth multi-hit game this season.
Ventura had retired 12 of the last 13 batters when Carlos Corporan launched his homer into the first row of the seats in right field with one out in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 4-2.
He got back on track after that and didn’t allow another hit until Matt Dominguez singled to start the seventh inning. He walked Jonathan Villar with two outs, but ended the threat and his night when he retired Dexter Fowler after a short coaching visit to the mound. Wade Davis pitched a perfect eighth before Greg Holland struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.