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Houston (13-33)0003000003101

Royals 7, Astros 3

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HOUSTON -- Mike Moustakas was a bit daunted when he came to the plate in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and his team down by one. The numbers were looming right there on the scoreboard: 0 for 18 and a batting average under .180

Then the 24-year-old heard his Kansas City Royals teammates shouting words of encouragement, and he calmed down and smacked an RBI single to right field to tie the game.

George Kottaras followed with a bases-loaded walk to drive in the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth inning, and the Royals rallied for a 7-3 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night to end a four-game skid.

"One hit is not going to ... completely turn anything around, but it's a big hit in a big situation and it gives me a lot of confidence going into tomorrow," he said. "Everybody had confidence in me."

The Royals trailed 3-0 and couldn't get much going offensively until the seventh when they cut the lead to one on RBI singles by Alcides Escobar and David Lough.

Eric Hosmer chased Wesley Wright in the eighth when he singled to load the bases. He was replaced by Jose Cisnero, who gave up the one-out RBI single by Moustakas. Cisnero then walked Kottaras on four pitches to put the Royals on top.

"I just think we had some great at-bats. I was really happy for [Moustakas] to get the big base hit to tie the ballgame because he's been struggling a little bit," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Those are little things that can get you going."

They added two more runs when Escobar grounded into a force out to score Hosmer before an error by Marwin Gonzalez allowed Moustakas to go home.

Houston's Jimmy Paredes tied a career high with three hits, including a three-run homer in the fourth inning.

Paul Clemens (1-2) took the loss after allowing three hits and two runs while getting only one out before Wright replaced him. Bruce Chen (3-0) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win.

The Royals added a run in the ninth when Elliot Johnson scored on a wild pitch by Cisnero.

Astros' starter Bud Norris allowed five hits -- all singles -- in six inning scoreless innings. He came out for the seventh inning, but was removed before facing a batter with tightness in his back.

"He threw the ball well," Yost said. "It showed you how well he threw the ball; as soon as he got out of there we started our offensive outburst."

It was the second straight game Norris had left early because of back problems. He had his start pushed back two days as a precaution after he left his previous outing with lower back spasms.

"We knew going into the game he had the issue the last game, because of that, we were only going to push him so far," manager Bo Porter said. "After that long inning, it kind of tightened up on him, and he went down and got stretched out. I think we made the right decision getting him out of the game.

The Royals didn't get a runner past second base until the seventh inning. Norris was replaced by Travis Blackley who allowed back-to-back singles by Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain. Moustakas grounded into a force out which left runners at first and third base.

Paul Clemens took over with two outs, and Escobar greeted him with a pinch-hit, run-scoring single to cut the lead to 3-1.

A sharply hit single by Lough, which Escobar had to leap to avoid, skidded into right field and sent another run home to make it 3-2.

Kansas City starter Wade Davis yielded eight hits and three runs in five-plus innings.

J.D. Martinez hit a one-out single in the fourth inning before Carlos Pena's two-out single. Paredes then launched his first homer of the season into the seats in right field to give Houston a 3-0 lead. Matt Dominguez singled and Gonzalez drew a walk, but Davis escaped the inning when Robbie Grossman grounded out.

The Royals were foiled by their baserunning in two straight innings. Johnson singled with two outs in the third inning, but was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double. In the next inning, Alex Gordon led off with a single, but was later caught stealing.

Paredes walked to start Houston's sixth before a single by Dominguez chased Davis. He was replaced by J.C. Gutierrez and Kottaras, the catcher, picked off Paredes when he strayed too far from second base. Gutierrez allowed a single with two outs to Grossman, but worked out of the jam when he retired Jose Altuve.

Notes

All of Kansas City's 13 hits were singles. ... The series wraps up on Wednesday when Kansas City's James Shields opposes Jordan Lyles. ... Houston Texans' first-round draft pick receiver DeAndre Hopkins threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Tuesday night. ... Royals C Salvador Perez was out of the lineup a night after bruising his right hip crashing into railing chasing a foul ball. An MRI revealed no damage and he hopes to play on Wednesday. ... Former Astros star Larry Dierker was named special assistant to the president on Tuesday. Dierker, who made his debut for the Astros in 1964, will work as an ambassador for the team, handling speaking engagements and other fan events. ... The Astros, whose Triple-A affiliate is in Oklahoma City, announced plans to raise money through their foundation to help victims of Monday's devastating tornado in Oklahoma. They will hold a silent auction of game-worn jerseys and sell grab bags containing autographed baseballs. All of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross relief efforts. "We have close ties to that community and many friends there," Houston president Reid Ryan said. "Those are the folks that support us in Oklahoma City, so we're eager to do our part to help them out in a time of need."

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

A. Gordon
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Houston

J. Paredes
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David Lough, RF5011021 .231
Elliot Johnson, SS-2B5120022 .276
Alex Gordon, LF4130111 .352
Billy Butler, DH4020002 .274
    Jeff Francoeur, PR-DH1100010 .224
Eric Hosmer, 1B5220011 .271
Lorenzo Cain, CF3010114 .299
Mike Moustakas, 3B4211001 .180
George Kottaras, C2001213 .111
Chris Getz, 2B2000001 .205
   a- Alcides Escobar, PH-SS2012000 .251
Totals37713549  
a-singled for Getz in the 7th
Batting
RBI - David Lough (2), Mike Moustakas (11), George Kottaras (3), Alcides Escobar 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - David Lough (2), Alcides Escobar (4)
SB - Elliot Johnson 2 (6, 2nd base off Cisnero/Castro, 3rd base off Cisnero/Castro)
CS - Alex Gordon (1, 2nd base by Norris/Castro)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Getz-Hosmer, Moustakas-Johnson-Hosmer
E - Alcides Escobar (7, Missed catch of throw), Eric Hosmer (3, Missed catch of throw)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Davis 5833461 5.91
J.C. Gutierrez 1100000 4.63
Bruce Chen (W,3-0) 1100100 1.76
Aaron Crow (H,8) 1000010 1.42
Greg Holland 1000130 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Davis 102-65, J.C. Gutierrez 14-9, Bruce Chen 30-18, Aaron Crow 7-5, Greg Holland 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Davis 3-5, Bruce Chen 1-2, Aaron Crow 1-0
Batters Faced - Wade Davis 26, J.C. Gutierrez 3, Bruce Chen 5, Aaron Crow 2, Greg Holland 4
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Robbie Grossman, CF-LF4010113 .207
Jose Altuve, 2B5000024 .318
Jason Castro, C4000131 .238
J.D. Martinez, LF3120111 .238
    Brandon Barnes, PR-CF0000000 .317
   a- Trevor Crowe, PH1000011 .238
Chris Carter, 1B3000112 .227
Carlos Pena, DH4110003 .231
Jimmy Paredes, RF3133100 .268
Matt Dominguez, 3B4020002 .245
Marwin Gonzalez, SS3010111 .244
Totals343103610  
a-struck out for Barnes in the 9th
Batting
2B - J.D. Martinez (8, Davis)
HR - Jimmy Paredes (1, Davis)
RBI - Jimmy Paredes 3 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Paredes 3 (4)
CS - Brandon Barnes (3, 2nd base by Chen/Kottaras)
PK - Jimmy Paredes (1, Gutierrez)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Robbie Grossman 1
DP - Norris-M. Gonzalez-Carter
PB - Jason Castro 2 (5)
E - Marwin Gonzalez (5, Throwing)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bud Norris 6500220 3.86
Travis Blackley (H,6) 0.2222010 4.60
Paul Clemens (H,4; L,1-2) 0.1322110 4.55
Wesley Wright0111000 3.86
Jose Cisnero (BS,1) 2220150 3.60
Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 88-58, Travis Blackley 18-10, Paul Clemens 22-12, Wesley Wright 1-1, Jose Cisnero 41-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 7-6, Travis Blackley 1-0, Jose Cisnero 1-0
Batters Faced - Bud Norris 22, Travis Blackley 4, Paul Clemens 5, Wesley Wright 1, Jose Cisnero 9
Game Information
Attendance - 12302
Game Time - 3:45
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - John Tumpane