ROYALS 6, ASTROS 5
Friday, March 31
Royals at the plate:
Emil Brown was 2-for-2 with a leadoff double in the second. David DeJesus led off the game with a homer off Brandon Backe and drove in a run in the fourth with a sacrifice fly. Mike Sweeney was 2-for-4 with a first-inning double.
Astros at the plate:
Preston Wilson, playing for the first time at Minute Maid Park in an Astros uniform, was 3-for-3 with a solo homer in the fourth inning. Morgan Ensberg and Lance Berkman knocked back-to-back solo shots off Joel Peralta in the sixth, tying the game at 4.
Royals on the mound:
Right-hander Joe Mays allowed two runs on six hits with no walks and one strikeout over five innings.
Astros on the mound:
Backe allowed four runs -- three earned -- on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts over four innings. Russ Springer, pitching in back-to-back days for the first time this spring, struck out one in one scoreless frame.
Astros 10-19; Royals 17-9.
The Astros and Royals will meet for the final game of this exhibition set Saturday night, beginning at 6:05 p.m. CT. That matchup will mark the final game of the Spring Training season.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.