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Altuve sparks Astros' 6-1 victory over Royals

20 June, 2017, 13:42 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Houston Astros Carlos Beltran runs the bases past Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jakob Junis after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday

Hammel has given up no less than three earned runs in his last five starts and has an ERA of 5.65 at home this season. Jake Marisnick drove in the other two runs with a single. McCullers did not allow a hit through the first six innings, but Lorenzo Cain broke the spell with a one-out triple in the seventh. Maness was 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA but allowed 16 hits and two walks in 9 2/3 innings. And of course, the Mike Moustakas walk-off home run in the 9th, to top of a 4-for-5 night for the Balboni-chasing third baseman. His June got off to a horrendous start.

The Astros had left fielder Josh Reddick pushed over toward the left-center alley and when Cuthbert put the changeup in play he hit it into the left-field corner.

Kansas City trailed 7-1 in the fourth inning but powered its comeback with a four-run eighth. Hammel made a move to throw to first and the ball slipped out of his glove. Michael Pineda (7-3) rebounded from a rough outing with seven brilliant innings, and NY took two of three from its rival in their first series at Yankee Stadium this season.

When the dust settled the Astros led 6-1.

Yuli Gurriel, who had three hits, contributed a two-run single in the Astros' third, giving him 12 RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak. On Thursday night the Royals get the chance to make it three out of four.

The Chicago White Sox got past the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2, the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 3-1 and the Milwaukee Brewers were 5-2 winners against the San Francisco Giants.

Red Sox 5, Yankees 4: Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs and Andrew Benintendi later connected off struggling Masahiro Tanaka, powering Boston over NY.

"He didn't feel great coming in, and then as he started his throwing program in the bullpen, a couple of things happened: one, he didn't feel great; two, he didn't look great, according to our coaches, and so we scratched him", Hinch said. While McCullers has been better at home than on the road this season, he's still one of the better pitchers in baseball this season and has pitched shutouts in four of his last six games.

McCullers faced the minimum number of batters the first five innings.

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