He emerged in the clubhouse with splotches of Miller Lite still glistening in his closely-cropped hair. Yordano Ventura shivered as he walked across the Royals’ clubhouse, but he beamed as teammates called out to congratulate him on his first career victory after a 4-2 win Tuesday over the Houston Astros.

“He got the traditional beer shower when the game was over,” manager Ned Yost said. “He was all smiles.”

Similar expressions could be seen around the room.

Omar Infante homered, and Eric Hosmer ripped an RBI double to power the offense with a “couple of timely hits,” Hosmer said.

Ventura gave up two runs, one earned, in seven innings. Wade Davis struck out two in a wipeout eighth inning, and Greg Holland picked up his second save of the year as the Royals, 5-7, capitalized on their bottom-dwelling foes and snapped a three-game losing streak.

A few hours before the game, Ventura lay on his stomach on a training table inside the visitors clubhouse at Minute Maid Park. A pair of headphones covered his ears and his eyes were fixed on his iPad screen. He could not contain his laughter.

On the mound, Ventura looks steely and confident. He poses the sort of body language that causes team officials to swoon. Yet off it he still resembles a 22-year-old, the sort of youngster capable of delighting in a TV show hours before a lifelong milestone.

“He feels really good,” said Bruce Chen, who translates for Ventura. “The team supported him. They played really good defense, and they scored a lot of runs for him, and it gives him a lot of satisfaction.”

Ventura, 1-0, struck out seven and threw 101 pitches Tuesday. It was the fifth start of his career, and yet another example of the dynamic potential that so tantalizes this organization.

He succeeded on an evening when his full arsenal was not at his disposal. His curveball was ineffective. His fastball rarely touched triple digits. He walked three batters. He committed an error that allowed a first-inning run to score. And still he was efficient and unbending in the face of trouble.