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Springer hits another HR, Astros win fifth straight

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Houston Astros got a good glimpse of what could happen if Chris Carter and George Springer are hitting well at the same time.

Carter connected for two home runs, Springer set a rookie club record for home runs in a month and the Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 9-3 on Wednesday for their fifth consecutive victory.

The Astros have been waiting for Carter to take off after he hit 29 home runs last year.

"This guy led our offense in home runs and RBIs last year. He had been hot and cold, but we all know when he's hot, he can carry a ballclub because we've seen him do it," Astros manager Bo Porter said.

"We definitely would love to get him going. That would be an added boost to our team," he said.

Carter, who had been benched the previous three games with a .192 batting average, homered to lead off the fifth. He hit a three-run homer in sixth off reliever Louis Coleman for his fourth career multihomer game and his first this season.

"He sat for three days, worked extremely hard in the cage and watched a lot of video," Porter said. "He came in today with a good game plan and understanding the things in which he's worked on the last few days."

"I always say this: It's good from a coaching standpoint you put in effort with a guy and the next time he gets in the lineup you see it pay off. That's good for the player to see the immediate results of the work which he's putting in," he said.

Springer connected off Danny Duffy (2-5) in the first for his ninth home run in May. Glenn Davis held the Astros' rookie record with eight home runs in September 1985. Springer also walked twice and was hit by a pitch.

"Our offense is better," Carter said. "It's been coming around really good. George has six home runs in six games. I'm happy for him. I think we have something going here."

The Astros, with the worst record in the AL, won three times in Kansas City for their first sweep of the season. Houston's winning streak is its longest since a six-game string that ended last June 3.

The Royals have lost four in a row.

"It's just a bad series, unfortunately, it happened at home," Royals designated hitter Billy Butler said. "It's a tough go right now."

Carlos Corporan had three hits with a walk. He drove in a run as the Astros outscored the Royals 21-5 in the series.

Jarred Cosart (4-4) gave up one earned run and four hits in five innings, but was pulled when his pitch count reached 95.

"I chose a good day to go five and the offense scored nine runs," Cosart said. "I didn't have my best stuff. The offense came out scoring early. I felt pretty good out there. I had a couple of innings with high pitch counts. We have a five-game winning streak going. We've got momentum. We're going back home to our own ballpark."

Duffy allowed six runs on seven hits and five walks in four-plus innings. The first four Royals pitchers combined to walk 10, which was a season high.

"He just didn't have anything going for him today," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "His fastball was down to 88-92 (mph) and we kept checking and asking if he was OK. He was fine, but he was going through a little dead arm. He was throwing hard, but it just wasn't coming out. We had to kind of ride it. We didn't have any bullpen help."

Brett Hayes singled in the Kansas City fifth to snap an 0-for-27 skid to begin the season. He homered in the seventh, the Royals' first home run in nine games.

Notes

Houston 2B Jose Altuve dropped Eric Hosmer's popup to shallow right in the sixth inning for his first error of the season. That ended an Astros' record of 88 errorless games by a second baseman. Altuve also had a single and tops the majors with 73 hits. ... Butler grounded out four times and is in a 2-for-22 funk, tumbling his average to .235 with one home run. ... Royals LF Alex Gordon batted third for the first time this season and extended his hitting streak to six games with a first-inning single.

 
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Chris Carter caps Houston's scoring with his second home run of the game -- a three-run shot in the sixth inning.  (USATSI)
Chris Carter caps Houston's scoring with his second home run of the game -- a three-run shot in the sixth inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Houston

G. Springer
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Houston

C. Carter
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B5110106 .317
George Springer, RF3212211 .269
Dexter Fowler, CF5012003 .263
   Alex Presley, CF1000000 .248
Matt Dominguez, 3B5110123 .246
Chris Carter, DH4224112 .200
Jesus Guzman, 1B4010111 .206
Robbie Grossman, LF3110210 .150
Carlos Corporan, C4131102 .193
Jonathan Villar, SS4100117 .201
Jarred Cosart, P0000000 .000
   Jerome Williams, P0000000 .000
   Darin Downs, P0000000 .000
   Kyle Farnsworth, P0000000 .000
Totals389119107  
Batting
2B - Carlos Corporan (1, Duffy)
HR - George Springer (9, Duffy), Chris Carter 2 (8, Duffy)
RBI - George Springer 2 (27), Dexter Fowler 2 (16), Chris Carter 4 (21), Carlos Corporan (8)
2-OUT RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (6), Carlos Corporan (2)
SB - Jesus Guzman (2, 2nd base off Herrera/Hayes)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Villar-Altuve-Guzman
E - Jose Altuve (1, Dropped fly), Jonathan Villar (7, Throwing)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jarred Cosart (W,4-4) 5421210 4.18
Jerome Williams 2111111 5.52
Darin Downs 1100000 2.16
Kyle Farnsworth 1100100 3.48
Pitches-Strikes - Jarred Cosart 95-55, Jerome Williams 39-28, Darin Downs 14-9, Kyle Farnsworth 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarred Cosart 9-5, Jerome Williams 3-2, Darin Downs 3-0, Kyle Farnsworth 1-2
Batters Faced - Jarred Cosart 21, Jerome Williams 8, Darin Downs 4, Kyle Farnsworth 5
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4000102 .264
Omar Infante, 2B2001000 .262
   Jimmy Paredes, 2B2000013 .200
Alex Gordon, LF4010001 .276
Billy Butler, DH4000001 .235
Eric Hosmer, 1B4120000 .280
Alcides Escobar, SS3011102 .262
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B4010012 .219
Brett Hayes, C4121002 .067
Jarrod Dyson, CF2100200 .276
Danny Duffy, P0000000 .000
   Kelvin Herrera, P0000000 .000
   Louis Coleman, P0000000 .000
   Tim Collins, P0000000 .000
   Michael Mariot, P0000000 .000
   Greg Holland, P0000000 .000
Totals3337342  
Batting
2B - Eric Hosmer (18, Cosart), Alcides Escobar (13, Cosart)
HR - Brett Hayes (1, Williams)
SF - Omar Infante (2)
RBI - Omar Infante (20), Alcides Escobar (18), Brett Hayes (1)
2-OUT RBI - Alcides Escobar (9)
SB - Jarrod Dyson 2 (9, 3rd base off Cosart/Corporan)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Infante-Hosmer
E - Eric Hosmer (4, Missed catch of throw)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Danny Duffy (L,2-5) 4765532 3.57
Kelvin Herrera 1000110 1.80
Louis Coleman 1233201 6.11
Tim Collins 1000210 6.17
Michael Mariot 1200010 6.00
Greg Holland 1000010 1.83
HBP - Springer (by Louis Coleman)
Pitches-Strikes - Danny Duffy 86-47, Kelvin Herrera 15-7, Louis Coleman 31-15, Tim Collins 23-13, Michael Mariot 17-11, Greg Holland 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Danny Duffy 3-6, Greg Holland 1-1
Batters Faced - Danny Duffy 24, Kelvin Herrera 4, Louis Coleman 8, Tim Collins 5, Michael Mariot 5, Greg Holland 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16220
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Mark Ripperger, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Kerwin Danley