Royals drop series at Houston

Kansas City Royals' Chris Getz (17) is tagged out by Houston Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez (9) as Jose Altuve (27) watches in the eighth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Kansas City Royals' Chris Getz (17) is tagged out by Houston Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez (9) as Jose Altuve (27) watches in the eighth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON (AP) – J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer, Jordan Lyles pitched six effective innings and the Houston 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.

Houston took two of three from Kansas City for its fourth series win this season.

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