Gurriel hits grand slam, Astros rout Royals 11-3

HOUSTON (AP) Astros manager A.J. Hinch is quite comfortable when Yuli Gurriel is at the plate with runners are in scoring position.

Gurriel hit a grand slam in Houston's eight-run second inning, helping Gerrit Cole and the Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 11-3 on Sunday.

''He just has a knack for really putting the barrel on the ball and doing incredibly positive things,'' Hinch said. ''His balance, his bat-to-ball skills, his bat path: Everything lines up when he can execute his game plan and he doesn't miss pitches.

''He can hit anything anywhere and he usually hits it hard. And that was a big knockout blow for them early in the game.''

Gurriel finished with three hits as the AL West-leading Astros won for the 15th time in 17 games. Jose Altuve drove in two runs and scored twice, and Evan Gattis connected for a pinch-hit homer.

Cole (9-1) struck out eight while pitching five innings of one-run ball. The right-hander has struck out at least eight in 12 of his 16 starts.

''You know ideally I'd like to get a little more length there, especially after the bullpen had to work last night,'' Cole said. ''Some of that is out of my control a little bit. So, just kind of get back to the grind and get to the next one.''

Houston loaded the bases with one out in the second, and Tony Kemp brought home the first run when he reached on catcher's interference on Drew Butera. George Springer then lined out, but Alex Bregman walked, Altuve hit a two-run single and Carlos Correa walked before Gurriel connected against Jason Hammel (2-9) for his second career grand slam.

''Put guys on base for free and make mistakes and that's what happens,'' Hammel said.

Gurriel also hit a solo drive in Saturday's 4-3 win in 12 innings. It's the first time since July 21-22, 2017, that Gurriel has homered in back-to-back games.

''My concentration level definitely is focused when there are runners on base and guys that we want to get to score,'' Gurriel said through a translator.

Kansas City dropped to 3-18 in June. Hammel was tagged for nine runs, matching his season high, and walked five in four innings.

Lucas Duda hit his fifth homer for the Royals, and Rosell Herrera singled in a run.

''They have a really good pitching staff over there,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''It's hard to fall behind that group and battle back because they are so good.''

TIME TO SHAVE

Bregman had been working on a mustache the last few days, but it disappeared during the game. A split-screen picture of Bregman during his at-bat in the second inning and next plate appearance in the fourth showed he had shaved at some point between the two at-bats.

''I don't pay attention to Alex's shaving habits during the middle of the game,'' Cole said. ''I did like the mustache. I thought it played Jeff Kent-esque. It was on top of his lip when he stabbed that soft liner in the first inning, which got us out of the jam. So, personally I'm a fan of the `stache. I guess it's been sent down. It's been DFA'd and we'll wait until it comes back.''

SURGING

Gattis has 11 homers and 32 RBIs in his last 25 games. He has driven in 25 runs in June.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: RHP Joe Smith (elbow discomfort) threw his first bullpen session since going on the disabled list. Smith threw about 30 pitches. He said he felt good and will know more of where he is at depending on how he feels on Monday.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Brad Keller (1-2, 2.63 ERA) faces the Angels on Monday in a make-up game. Last time out, Keller got a no-decision against Houston in a 7-4 loss on June 17. Keller allowed three runs in six innings against the Astros.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (9-2, 1.60 ERA) faces the Blue Jays on Monday. Verlander leads the American League in ERA, WHIP, opponent OPS and opponent batting average.

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  • W: G. Cole (9-1)L: J. Hammel (2-9)
  • HR: KC - L. Duda (5), HOU - E. Gattis (15), Y. Gurriel (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Herrera RF50110030.200.220.325.5450.5
A. Gordon LF40000112.257.333.353.6872.5
M. Moustakas 3B30000120.255.312.463.7742.0
L. Duda DH32111022.257.320.414.7357.0
H. Dozier 1B40100012.228.279.370.6490.5
A. Escobar SS30000010.203.255.288.543-0.5
R. Goins 2B10100000.226.252.313.5651.0
A. Almonte CF11110200.185.261.298.5597.0
D. Butera C40000015.151.231.226.457-0.5
A. Mondesi 2B-SS40000013.158.158.211.368-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF-RF40000115.269.352.469.8200.5
    A. Bregman 3B-SS41010111.259.366.454.8202.5
    J. Altuve DH42120001.345.405.492.8975.0
    a- E. Gattis PH-DH11111000.250.307.505.8126.0
    C. Correa SS21000112.267.350.481.8321.5
    T. White 1B10000100.222.364.333.6971.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B-3B52341001.306.331.429.75914.0
    J. Reddick RF-LF31200100.254.340.390.7304.0
    M. Gonzalez 2B40000015.246.326.381.707-0.5
    J. Marisnick PR-CF01000000.173.203.316.5191.0
    M. Stassi C31110100.262.338.500.8385.0
    T. Kemp LF-2B21110101.310.384.414.7984.0
    HITTERSAB
    G. Springer CF-RF4
    A. Bregman 3B-SS4
    J. Altuve DH4
    a- E. Gattis PH-DH1
    C. Correa SS2
    T. White 1B1
    Y. Gurriel 1B-3B5
    J. Reddick RF-LF3
    M. Gonzalez 2B4
    J. Marisnick PR-CF0
    M. Stassi C3
    T. Kemp LF-2B2
    • a-homered for Altuve in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 3B - A. Almonte (2)
    • HR - L. Duda (5)
    • SF - A. Almonte
    • RBI - R. Herrera (4), L. Duda (20), A. Almonte (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Herrera (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Gurriel 2 (19), M. Stassi (10)
    • HR - E. Gattis (15), Y. Gurriel (4)
    • RBI - A. Bregman (43), J. Altuve 2 (41), E. Gattis (49), Y. Gurriel 4 (36), M. Stassi (22), T. Kemp (12)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman (18), J. Altuve 2 (16), E. Gattis (14), Y. Gurriel 4 (14), M. Stassi (7)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Gordon (4), M. Moustakas (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Mondesi-Escobar-Dozier)
    • E - D. Butera (2), A. Gordon (2), M. Moustakas (7)
    FIELDING
    • E - A. Bregman (11)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Hammel (L, 2-9)4.06975315.341.51-9.5
    H. Fillmyer4.03222114.501.255.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Hammel (L, 2-9)4.0
    H. Fillmyer4.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Cole (W, 9-1)5.02113812.560.9020.0
    C. McHugh2.01101201.030.835.0
    T. Sipp1.02110102.411.070.5
    K. Giles1.00000104.391.203.5
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Cole (W, 9-1)5.0
    C. McHugh2.0
    T. Sipp1.0
    K. Giles1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 88-52, H. Fillmyer 60-35
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 2-8, H. Fillmyer 5-5
    • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 25, H. Fillmyer 16
    PITCHING
    • HBP - T. Sipp
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 104-70, C. McHugh 40-25, T. Sipp 20-13, K. Giles 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 4-3, C. McHugh 3-2, K. Giles 1-1
    • Batters Faced - G. Cole 20, C. McHugh 9, T. Sipp 6, K. Giles 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Herrera RF50110030.200.220.325.5450.5
    A. Gordon LF40000112.257.333.353.6872.5
    M. Moustakas 3B30000120.255.312.463.7742.0
    L. Duda DH32111022.257.320.414.7357.0
    H. Dozier 1B40100012.228.279.370.6490.5
    A. Escobar SS30000010.203.255.288.543-0.5
    R. Goins 2B10100000.226.252.313.5651.0
    A. Almonte CF11110200.185.261.298.5597.0
    D. Butera C40000015.151.231.226.457-0.5
    A. Mondesi 2B-SS40000013.158.158.211.368-0.5
    Total32353141214-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF-RF40000115.269.352.469.8200.5
      A. Bregman 3B-SS41010111.259.366.454.8202.5
      J. Altuve DH42120001.345.405.492.8975.0
      a- E. Gattis PH-DH11111000.250.307.505.8126.0
      C. Correa SS21000112.267.350.481.8321.5
      T. White 1B10000100.222.364.333.6971.0
      Y. Gurriel 1B-3B52341001.306.331.429.75914.0
      J. Reddick RF-LF31200100.254.340.390.7304.0
      M. Gonzalez 2B40000015.246.326.381.707-0.5
      J. Marisnick PR-CF01000000.173.203.316.5191.0
      M. Stassi C31110100.262.338.500.8385.0
      T. Kemp LF-2B21110101.310.384.414.7984.0
      Total331191027416-----
      HITTERSAB
      G. Springer CF-RF4
      A. Bregman 3B-SS4
      J. Altuve DH4
      a- E. Gattis PH-DH1
      C. Correa SS2
      T. White 1B1
      Y. Gurriel 1B-3B5
      J. Reddick RF-LF3
      M. Gonzalez 2B4
      J. Marisnick PR-CF0
      M. Stassi C3
      T. Kemp LF-2B2
      Total33
      • a-homered for Altuve in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 3B - A. Almonte (2)
      • HR - L. Duda (5)
      • SF - A. Almonte
      • RBI - R. Herrera (4), L. Duda (20), A. Almonte (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Herrera (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Gurriel 2 (19), M. Stassi (10)
      • HR - E. Gattis (15), Y. Gurriel (4)
      • RBI - A. Bregman (43), J. Altuve 2 (41), E. Gattis (49), Y. Gurriel 4 (36), M. Stassi (22), T. Kemp (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman (18), J. Altuve 2 (16), E. Gattis (14), Y. Gurriel 4 (14), M. Stassi (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Gordon (4), M. Moustakas (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Mondesi-Escobar-Dozier)
      • E - D. Butera (2), A. Gordon (2), M. Moustakas (7)
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Bregman (11)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hammel (L, 2-9)4.06975315.341.51-9.5
      H. Fillmyer4.03222114.501.255.5
      Total8.09119742---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hammel (L, 2-9)4.0
      H. Fillmyer4.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole (W, 9-1)5.02113812.560.9020.0
      C. McHugh2.01101201.030.835.0
      T. Sipp1.02110102.411.070.5
      K. Giles1.00000104.391.203.5
      Total9.05324121---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole (W, 9-1)5.0
      C. McHugh2.0
      T. Sipp1.0
      K. Giles1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 88-52, H. Fillmyer 60-35
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 2-8, H. Fillmyer 5-5
      • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 25, H. Fillmyer 16
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Sipp
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 104-70, C. McHugh 40-25, T. Sipp 20-13, K. Giles 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 4-3, C. McHugh 3-2, K. Giles 1-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 20, C. McHugh 9, T. Sipp 6, K. Giles 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Gattis homered to left311
        Almonte hit sacrifice fly to left, Duda scored310
      • 7TH INNING
        Stassi doubled to deep center, Marisnick scored210
        Herrera singled to left center, Almonte scored, Butera to second29
      • 4TH INNING
        Gurriel doubled to deep left, Altuve scored, Gurriel to third on left fielder Gordon fielding error19
        Duda homered to right18
      • 2ND INNING
        Gurriel homered to left, Bregman, Altuve and Correa scored08
        Altuve singled to center, Stassi and Kemp scored, Bregman to second04
        Bregman walked, Reddick scored, Stassi to third, Kemp to second02
        Kemp reached on catcher's interference, Gurriel scored, Reddick to third, Stassi to second on catcher Butera fielding error01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ken Giles relieved Tony Sipp
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi popped out to catcher
        • R. Herrera: Strike swinging, Herrera grounded out to second
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Tony Sipp relieved Collin McHugh
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duda hit by pitch
        • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Dozier singled to right, Duda to second
        • R. Goins: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Goins singled to right, Duda to third, Dozier to second
        • A. Almonte: Almonte hit sacrifice fly to left, Duda scored
        • D. Butera: Strike looking, Butera lined out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Adalberto Mondesi at shortstop
        • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • Evan Gattis hit for Jose Altuve
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gattis homered to left
        • T. White: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, White walked
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel lined out to center
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar popped out to second
        • A. Almonte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Almonte walked
        • D. Butera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Butera safe at first on shortstop Bregman fielding error, Almonte to second
        • A. Mondesi: Foul, Strike swinging, Mondesi lined out to center
        • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Herrera singled to left center, Almonte scored, Butera to second
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gordon grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • Ryan Goins at second base
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel flied out to left
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Reddick out at second
        • Jake Marisnick ran for Marwin Gonzalez
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Stassi doubled to deep center, Marisnick scored
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Tyler White at first base
        • Collin McHugh relieved Gerrit Cole
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Dozier grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman grounded out to first
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Altuve grounded out to third
        • T. White: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, White fouled out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • R. Herrera: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
        • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Gordon lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Heath Fillmyer relieved Jason Hammel
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Stassi popped out to first
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kemp walked
        • G. Springer: Ball, Springer grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Kemp out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Duda homered to right
        • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Escobar grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Almonte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Almonte walked
        • D. Butera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bregman flied out to center
        • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve safe at first on 3rd baseman Moustakas fielding error
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Correa flied out to right
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel doubled to deep left, Altuve scored, Gurriel to third on left fielder Gordon fielding error
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reddick walked
        • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez lined out to right
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Herrera struck out looking
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Moustakas flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez popped out to third
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Stassi grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kemp singled to center
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • A. Almonte: Almonte tripled to deep center
        • D. Butera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Butera reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Almonte out at home
        • A. Mondesi: Foul, Mondesi grounded into fielder's choice to second, Butera out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Gurriel doubled to left center
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Reddick singled to right, Gurriel to third
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stassi walked, Reddick to second
        • T. Kemp: Kemp reached on catcher's interference, Gurriel scored, Reddick to third, Stassi to second on catcher Butera fielding error
        • G. Springer: Springer lined out to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked, Reddick scored, Stassi to third, Kemp to second
        • J. Altuve: Altuve singled to center, Stassi and Kemp scored, Bregman to second
        • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked, Bregman to third, Altuve to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel homered to left, Bregman, Altuve and Correa scored
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Reddick flied out to left
        • End of the 2nd (8 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moustakas walked, Gordon to second
        • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gordon stole third, Ball, Moustakas stole second, Foul, Dozier lined out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman popped out to second
        • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Altuve flied out to deep left
        • C. Correa: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)