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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Struggling third baseman Mike Moustakas drove in three runs and left-hander Jason Vargas pitched effectively into the seventh inning as the Kansas City Royals edged the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Wednesday to sweep the two-game series at Kauffman Stadium.

Moustakas, who entered the game just 3-for-39, .077, at home, and .147 overall, drilled a double to right in the second inning off right-hander Jhoulys Chacin to score catcher Salvador Perez, second baseman Johnny Giavotella and center fielder Lorenzo Cain -- all who had singled.

Vargas (4-1) extended his scoreless streak to 13 innings before giving up a home run on a 3-1 pitch to center fielder Drew Stubbs with third baseman Nolan Arenado, who had doubled, aboard. In beating the Rockies and Seattle in his past two starts, Vargas has yielded eight hits and two runs in 13 2/3 innings.

Vargas got out of a jam in the sixth when infielder Charlie Culberson and right fielder Brandon Barnes singled with one out. Vargas struck out second baseman DJ LeMahieu on a foul tip and Perez picked Culberson off third to end the inning. It was Perez's 10th career pickoff and his first this season.

Right-hander Greg Holland gave up a single and a walk in the ninth before collecting his 10th save in 11 opportunities. He struck out Stubbs looking to end the game with runners on the corners.

With the victory, the Royals moved to 20-19, their first time to be over .500 since May 1 when they were 14-13.

The Rockies, who lead the majors in hitting, did not get a hit off Jason Vargas until Carlos Gonzalez's two-out single in the fourth. Vargas struck out seven in the first four innings, while his season strikeout high was six in his first eight starts.

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who leads the majors with a .391 average, was ejected in the fourth inning by plate umpire Dan Bellino after being called out on strikes.

Moustakas also doubled in the fourth for only his third multi-hit game this season.

NOTES: Royals LHP Francisley Bueno, who is on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha, struck out five and allowed one hit in three scoreless innings Tuesday against New Orleans. ... After having only two days off in April, the Rockies are idle Thursday, their second off day in four days. ... The Royals open a four-game series Thursday with Baltimore. The Orioles will start LHP Wei-Yin Chen, while the Royals will counter with hard-throwing rookie RHP Yordano Ventura.

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