Saturday, March 31 Royals at the plate: Reggie Sanders' two-run double off Wandy Rodriguez in the sixth gave the Royals a 2-1 lead. John Buck led off the seventh with a double off Rick White and scored on Esteban German's single to center. Astros at the plate: Chris Burke led off the fifth with a double off Brandon Duckworth and scored on Brad Ausmus' double to left-center. The Astros surged ahead in the seventh with four runs. Jason Lane knocked a solo homer off Ryan Braun. Eric Bruntlett hit a three-run shot to cap the inning.
The Royals open at home against the Red Sox, beginning at 3:10 CT. Righty Gil Meche will face Boston right-hander Curt Schilling.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.