For seven innings, the Royals got the leadoff hitter on, but could only translate that into one run. Meanwhile, the Washington Nationals only needed four hits in their 2-1 win over Kansas City on Monday night in the nation’s capital.

Bruce Chen allowed just three hits in his six innings of work, but two of those were solo homeruns. The first came in the second inning from first basemen Mike Morse. Then later, after the Royals had tied the game 1-1, Cristian Guzman homered in the sixth.

The Royals had 11 hits on the night including a 4 for 4 game from Scott Podsednik and three hits from Mike Aviles. After a walk to Yuniesky Bentancourt in the third, Podsednik doubled off Nats’ starter Livan Hernandez to give the Royals second and third with one out. An RBI ground out by Jason Kendall tied the game, but Mitch Maier left Podsednik stranded at third.

Jose Guillen extended his career high hitting streak to 16 games.