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Red-hot Springer has huge night, Astros rout Royals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- George Springer has more home runs in the past four games than any Kansas City player does this season.

Springer hit a home run in his fourth consecutive game and went 4 for 4 with three RBI and five runs scored in the Houston Astros' 9-2 victory against the Royals on Monday night.

"Springer was absolutely tremendous, just line drive after line drive," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "He was special. The two doubles and the home run, the great catch in right field and scoring from second base on a bloop single that not many guys would have been able to score on. He impacted the game in every phase tonight.

"This guy is a three-way player. He can impact the game when he's in the batter's box. He can impact the game on defense. He can impact the game on the basepaths. He brings it every day, is what I love about him."

The Astros have won three straight, matching their longest winning streak this season, and they snapped a six-game losing streak to the Royals.

Springer led off the eighth with a home run against Louis Coleman, his fifth home run in four games. The Royals' home run leader has four.

Springer is the first Houston rookie to connect in four consecutive games. Lance Berkman was the previous Astros player to do it, in July 2010.

"He's impressive," said Eric Hosmer, robbed by Springer of an extra-base hit with a superb catch to end the seventh inning. "He plays hard and doesn't get cheated at the plate. He drives the ball."

Springer also had two doubles and became the first Astros player to score five runs in a game since Cody Ransom on Sept. 24, 2007, against St. Louis. Springer extended his hitting streak to eight games, and is 8 for 16 with 11 RBI and 10 runs in the past five.

It was a magical night for him.

"I guess," Springer said. "But at the same time, I'm just trying to help the team win and whatever way I can do it, I'm happy to help."

Scott Feldman (3-2) held the Royals to two runs and eight hits over six innings.

"I thought Scott did a tremendous job with his secondary stuff," Porter said. "His curveball had a really good bite and he did a good job for six strong innings."

Royals rookie starter Yordano Ventura was led off the field by a trainer in the third inning after experiencing discomfort in his elbow. The hard-throwing right-hander is scheduled for an MRI on Tuesday.

"He was getting under pitches and his velocity dropped in the third inning," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "I came out and decided to check it. I talked to him in the second inning and he said, 'Yeah, it's good.' I went out and he told me he was feeling a little something in the back of his elbow, but it's on the outside, not on the inside."

Ventura (2-5) went 2 2/3 innings, yielding five runs on seven hits and three walks before being replaced by Michael Mariot.

"In the third inning, I threw a few pitches and it started to feel a little weird," Ventura said. "I felt something unnatural. It was a little uncomfortable, unnatural, and I decided to say something."

The Astros had a season-high 16 hits, including a career-high four from Marwin Gonzalez, who had a double, an RBI and a run scored. Alex Presley added three hits and Dexter Fowler reached base five times with two hits and three walks.

The nine runs matched an Astros season high.

Lorenzo Cain had four hits, equaling his career high, and drove in a run for the Royals, who have lost five of seven.

Notes

Royals 2B Omar Infante (lower back) was activated from the disabled list and doubled in the first inning. RHP Casey Coleman was optioned to Triple-A Omaha. ... Astros RHP Brad Peacock, scratched from Friday's scheduled outing with forearm stiffness, threw a bullpen session and was given the OK to start Thursday against Baltimore. ... Royals LHP Bruce Chen, on the disabled list with a bulging disk, threw a 25-pitch simulated game. Chen could soon go on a minor league rehab assignment. ... The Astros recalled OF Robbie Grossman from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

L. Cain
AB 4
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Houston

G. Springer
AB 4
R 5
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B5210105 .323
   Jonathan Villar, SS0000000 .207
George Springer, RF4543100 .268
Dexter Fowler, CF2021300 .266
Jason Castro, C5022001 .229
Matt Dominguez, 3B4001024 .249
Marc Krauss, 1B5000021 .181
Robbie Grossman, LF5000022 .113
Alex Presley, DH5130000 .233
Marwin Gonzalez, SS-2B5141000 .304
Scott Feldman, P0000000 .000
   Tony Sipp, P0000000 .000
   Josh Fields, P0000000 .000
   Jerome Williams, P0000000 .000
Totals40916856  
Batting
2B - George Springer 2 (6, Ventura), Alex Presley (3, Mariot), Marwin Gonzalez (3, Ventura)
HR - George Springer (8, Coleman)
SF - Matt Dominguez (3)
RBI - George Springer 3 (25), Dexter Fowler (14), Jason Castro 2 (25), Matt Dominguez (21), Marwin Gonzalez (3)
2-OUT RBI - George Springer 2 (5), Dexter Fowler (4), Marwin Gonzalez (3)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - M. Gonzalez-Altuve-Krauss
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Feldman (W,3-2) 6822100 3.02
Tony Sipp 1000010 0.00
Josh Fields 1000010 8.00
Jerome Williams 1200010 5.60
HBP - Gordon (by Scott Feldman)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 96-66, Tony Sipp 9-7, Josh Fields 9-6, Jerome Williams 24-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 8-9, Tony Sipp 1-1, Josh Fields 2-0, Jerome Williams 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 27, Tony Sipp 3, Josh Fields 3, Jerome Williams 5
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF5000012 .275
Omar Infante, 2B4010010 .266
   Jimmy Paredes, 2B1000002 .200
Eric Hosmer, 1B4000001 .281
Billy Butler, DH4110001 .246
Alex Gordon, LF3120000 .277
Salvador Perez, C4000011 .257
Lorenzo Cain, CF4041000 .327
Alcides Escobar, SS3010103 .271
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B4010006 .214
Yordano Ventura, P0000000 .500
   Michael Mariot, P0000000 .000
   Louis Coleman, P0000000 .000
Totals36210113  
Batting
2B - Omar Infante (4, Feldman), Billy Butler (9, Feldman)
RBI - Lorenzo Cain (15)
2-OUT RBI - Lorenzo Cain (4)
SB - Lorenzo Cain (6, 2nd base off Feldman/Castro)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Mariot-Infante-Escobar-Hosmer, Mariot-Infante-Escobar-Hosmer-Infante-Escobar-Hosmer
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yordano Ventura (L,2-5) 2.2755330 3.45
Michael Mariot 3.1633120 6.43
Louis Coleman 3311111 4.86
Pitches-Strikes - Yordano Ventura 78-49, Michael Mariot 63-42, Louis Coleman 43-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yordano Ventura 3-2, Michael Mariot 5-2, Louis Coleman 4-3
Batters Faced - Yordano Ventura 18, Michael Mariot 16, Louis Coleman 12
Game Information
Attendance - 32070
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Mark Ripperger