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Kansas City (7-7) «110210000590
Houston (5-11)000010000151

Royals 5, Astros 1

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HOUSTON -- James Shields kept the Houston Astros off-balance all night.

Then late in Thursday's 5-1 victory, the Kansas City ace really heated up. He struck out the side in the sixth and did the same in the seventh before striking out the first batter in the eighth to make it seven in a row. Astro after Astro simply watched the pitches zip past them -- five players in that span struck out looking.

Shields finished with 12 strikeouts in eight innings as the Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Astros.

"He moved it around very effectively," manager Ned Yost said. "He was locking guys in, was locking up guys down and away, just had it all going."

Shields (1-2) gave up one run and four hits, all singles.

"We were pounding the strike zone and getting strike one and getting ahead of the hitters and that's an aggressive team over there and when you get ahead in the count and make your pitches you're successful," he said.

His 12 strikeouts were his most as a Royal and the most by a Kansas City pitcher since Zack Greinke also struck out 12 on June 13, 2010, against Cincinnati. The seven consecutive K's by Shields were one shy of the franchise record of eight in a row set by Blake Stein in 2001.

The right-hander got back to his winning ways after seeing his nine-game road victory streak snapped in his last start at Minnesota when sloppy defense led to six unearned runs in a 7-1 loss.

Scott Feldman (2-1) yielded four earned runs and nine hits in six innings. It was the first tough outing for the Astros newcomer after he had allowed just one run and seven hits combined in his first three starts.

"It seems like they found a lot of holes," Feldman said. "They're a tough lineup, for sure."

The Royals were up by two when Alcides Escobar hit a two-run double in the fourth to make it 4-0. Salvador Perez added an RBI double in the fifth.

Kansas City scored 15 runs in this series after managing just five runs combined last weekend while getting swept by the Twins.

The Royals got to Feldman early, with Nori Aoki hitting a leadoff double and later scoring on a groundout by Eric Hosmer.

Alex Gordon, Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas hit consecutive singles to start the second to push the lead to 2-0.

There were runners at second and third with one out in the fourth when Escobar sent them both home with a double to center field.

Aoki singled to begin the fifth before a one-out single by Hosmer. Perez hit a ball that diving center fielder Dexter Fowler missed for a double that scored Aoki and pushed the lead to 5-0. Hosmer was out at home on the play.

Shields allowed a pair of singles in the first inning before retiring the next 10 Astros. Houston didn't have another baserunner until Chris Carter drew a leadoff walk in the fifth. Carter advanced to third on a single by Matt Dominguez, but Dominguez was out trying to stretch it into a double.

Manager Bo Porter was clearly frustrated when asked if he wishes Dominguez would have been more cautious on the play, pausing 18 seconds before answering the question.

"It's just not smart, obviously," Porter said. "And sorry for taking so long to answer the question. I went and asked Matt Dominguez: `Do you think you're invisible? You are down 5-0 and the ball is right in front of you.' So, to answer your question, no, I don't like it. There was nothing smart about it, and next question."

Carter scored on a sacrifice fly by Alex Presley to cut the lead to 5-1 later in that inning.

Presley's out was the first of nine straight Astros retired by Shields, including the seven strikeouts in a row.

A single by Presley came with one out in the eighth and Jonathan Villar drew a walk, but Shields ended the threat by striking out Fowler before a fly out by George Springer.

Notes

The Royals challenged a call after Presley was called safe on a grounder in the second inning. The play was overturned for the third out of the inning. ... Royals LHP Bruce Chen, who was scratched from Thursday's start a day before with a sore back, said he was feeling better on Thursday and expects to be ready to start on Saturday. ... Kansas City OF Lorenzo Cain was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain and LHP Justin Marks was recalled from Triple-A Omaha to take his place on the roster. ... Houston selected the contract of LHP Raul Valdes from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned LHP Kevin Chapman there before Thursday's game.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

A. Presley
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Kansas City

J. Shields
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 12
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4220000 .265
Omar Infante, 2B4000011 .255
Eric Hosmer, 1B4011000 .283
Salvador Perez, C4011020 .300
Alex Gordon, LF4220001 .269
Billy Butler, DH3110100 .160
Mike Moustakas, 3B4011000 .130
Alcides Escobar, SS4012001 .250
Jarrod Dyson, CF3000002 .125
James Shields, P0000000 .000
   Wade Davis, P0000000 .000
Totals3459513  
Batting
2B - Norichika Aoki (3, Feldman), Salvador Perez (7, Feldman), Alcides Escobar (3, Feldman)
RBI - Eric Hosmer (4), Salvador Perez (5), Mike Moustakas (3), Alcides Escobar 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Alcides Escobar 2 (5)
SB - Norichika Aoki (2, 2nd base off Feldman/Castro)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jarrod Dyson 1
PB - Salvador Perez (1)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James Shields (W,1-2) 84112120 2.00
Wade Davis 1100010 3.24
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 107-64, Wade Davis 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 7-4, Wade Davis 1-1
Batters Faced - James Shields 29, Wade Davis 4
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF4000032 .188
George Springer, RF4010022 .222
Jason Castro, C4010011 .213
Jose Altuve, 2B4010021 .274
Marc Krauss, 1B4000023 .152
Chris Carter, DH3100111 .128
Matt Dominguez, 3B3010020 .204
Alex Presley, LF2011000 .146
Jonathan Villar, SS2000100 .156
Scott Feldman, P0000000 .000
   Anthony Bass, P0000000 .000
Totals30151213  
Batting
SF - Alex Presley (1)
RBI - Alex Presley (4)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - George Springer 1
DP - Villar-Altuve-Krauss
E - George Springer (1, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Feldman (L,2-1) 6954120 1.69
Anthony Bass 3000010 3.24
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 89-62, Anthony Bass 29-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 10-4, Anthony Bass 7-1
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 26, Anthony Bass 9
Game Information
Attendance - 26333
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Hal Gibson, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Ron Kulpa