Soria's last save as a Royal was so long ago, he had absolutely no recollection of it.
"I don't really remember that one," Soria said, smiling. "It was a long time ago. It was a good feeling tonight, though.
"There was a little bit of memories in there, but I just wanted to do my best to win the ballgame."
Soria discusses his save
KC@HOU: Soria on his first Royals save since 2011
Joakim Soria talks about his return to Kansas City and his excitement to be back in the organization
Earlier in the day, Royals manager Ned Yost
late in games, as Royals fans had become concerned after Soria gave up three runs vs. the Mets on Opening Night. defended using Soria
But with closer
Wade Davis not available after throwing 33 pitches the night before, Yost didn't hesitate turning to Soria for the final three outs.
"That's who he is," Yost said. "He's a guy with 202 career saves, now 203."
Soria made quick work of the Astros, retiring them in order on five pitches.
"The Houston Astros are an aggressive team," Soria said. "They tend to swing at the first pitch. They did with the last two batters. Just glad they hit to one of our guys both times."
While Soria didn't get too sentimental about his first save as a Royal in nearly five years, he was sentimental about something else.
"My parents were here [from Mexico], and it was so good for them to see me again pitch as a Royal and get the save," Soria said.
As for that shaky first outing on Opening Night, Soria said that is all behind him. He's come back with four straight solid outings.
"Well, yeah, since the second outing, I think it's all working better now," he said. "It's a long season. I'll just keep fighting and battling to make the rest of the season good."