The result was an efficient seven-inning outing from Volquez in the series opener at Kauffman Stadium. He gave up six hits and one run, walked none and struck out two.
The two strikeouts tied a season low, and that didn't bother Volquez one bit.
"No, I don't need them," he said with a chuckle.
Volquez set out to flood the zone with strikes, especially inside, and then make the Braves chase away.
"I kind of went inside and out," Volquez said. "It worked."
Volquez worked out of a couple of jams, one that got started with a rare error by Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, who dropped a fly ball -- his first error in 188 games.
Gordon sought out Volquez after the game.
"[Gordon] came up to me after the game and he said, 'Sorry,'" Volquez said. "I said, 'Sorry for what? You know how many runs you've saved for me?' Guy's got four Gold Gloves."
Volquez's tidy effort saved the bullpen for the most part, and made for a happy manager in Ned Yost, who suffered along with the team through a dreadful 2-5 road trip.
"He threw the ball really well," Yost said. "... and he was making good pitches early in the count. He didn't fall behind. And they put the ball in play."
The Royals are now 17-18, ready to get on a roll, Volquez said.
"It's nice to come back home after losing three games in New York," he said. "It was a good win for us."
"There's no better place to start it than to be at home and win the first game. Got a fresh start, a fresh game. Now we see what happens tomorrow."