Yordano Ventura picked up the first win of his promising career on Tuesday night against the Astros, and he set new career highs with seven strikeouts and seven innings pitched.
More importantly, the 22-year-old right-hander guided the scuffling Kansas City Royals to their first road win of the season.
Ventura scattered two hits and struck out six over six scoreless innings last week against the Rays in his season debut. On Tuesday night, he was equally impressive despite allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks. He finished the outing with 101 pitches, 66 of which were strikes.
Ventura had his entire arsenal on display against the Astros, who entered the game with a major league-worst .189 batting average through 13 games.