Royals down Astros 4-2
HOUSTON (AP) - Rookie Yordano Ventura threw seven solid innings for 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, 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 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.
Cards pitching shuts down Brewers again 6-1
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Shelby Miller struck out seven and allowed three hits over six innings, and Mark Ellis had two RBIs in his return from the disabled list to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-1 win Tuesday night over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta each hit solo shots in the ninth off reliever Jim Henderson for the Cardinals, who handed Milwaukee its second straight loss following a nine-game winning streak.
Miller routinely fired fastballs clocked into the mid-90s past hitters before turning the game over to the bullpen in the seventh.
Only Aramis Ramirez managed to break through off Miller hitting a solo homer in the fourth. The Brewers have just one run and six hits over the first two games of the three-game set with their NL Central rival.
Marco Estrada took the loss after allowing three runs over six innings.
Cardinals activate 2B Mark Ellis from DL
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals have activated Mark Ellis from the 15-day disabled list and inserted him into the starting lineup at second base for Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Ellis missed the first 13 games of the season with left knee tendinitis. He went 1 for 3 while playing five innings during a rehab game Sunday at Triple-A Memphis.
Ellis signed a one-year deal with St. Louis in the offseason. The 11-year veteran is a .407 career hitter against Milwaukee.
Shortstop Pete Kozma was optioned to Triple-A on Monday night to make room for Ellis on the 25-man roster.
Oshie, Morrow practice for Blues
ST. LOUIS (AP) - T.J. Oshie and Brenden Morrow participated in the St. Louis Blues' optional skate, a positive step for a franchise hit hard by injuries during a late slide in the regular season.
Three other regulars weren't ready on Tuesday - captain David Backes and forwards Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Sobotka.
Coach Ken Hitchcock says the true test for any of them will come in a full-go practice on Wednesday, a day ahead of their playoff opener against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. But he says what he's seen so far keeps him confident they'll be at full strength at some point during the series.
The Blackhawks got their two biggest stars, forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, back on the ice Monday.
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