Bruce Chen pitched brilliantly on Tuesday, 4 victory game series at Rogers Centre.

Chen (9-5), a journeyman who has pitched for 10 teams in his major league career, gave up three runs on four hits. He fanned a season-high nine batters and issued only one walk. Joakim Soria gave up a run in the ninth, but recovered to record his 23rd save of the season.

Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer cracked home runs, while Johnny Giavotella added an RBI double and Salvador Perez added two RBI for the Royals, who opened this series with a win after losing three of four to the Boston Red Sox over the weekend.

Yunel Escobar clubbed a three-run homer and Brandon Morrow (9-8) was tagged with the loss after giving up six runs on 11 hits over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one.