Astros score 5 in 9th to beat Royals 6-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Lance McCullers flirted with a no-hitter and the Houston Astros' offense took control in the ninth inning.

McCullers took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Jose Altuve hit a two-run homer in a five-run ninth as the Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 6-1 on Thursday night.

''I feel like he's got no-hit stuff every time he takes the mound,'' Astros catcher Brian McCann said. ''He's that kind of pitcher. He's a dominant pitcher, and he's got dominant stuff.''

McCullers and Royals starter Jason Hammel were locked up in a pitcher's duel for seven innings.

''I thought both pitchers did a tremendous job of pitching efficiently, pitching quickly, getting early count outs,'' Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. ''They put away hitters quickly. You looked up and they were already in the sixth, seventh and eighth inning. Credit both pitchers, and then we had an explosive ninth inning. We've seen that out of our group.''

Altuve's ninth home run came off Kelvin Herrera (1-2) with Josh Reddick, who walked on four pitches to lead off the inning, aboard.

Herrera has yielded seven home runs in 24 1/3 innings after giving up only six in 72 innings last season.

''He's given up a lot of home runs this year,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''It goes in cycles, like hitter's slumps. Pitchers go into slumps, too.''

Herrera retired only one of the five batters he faced and was charged with four runs, three hits and a walk. The inning also included a two-run single by Jake Marisnick.

Lorenzo Cain's one-out triple in the seventh ended McCuller's no-hit bid. Cain drilled a 3-0 pitch to center. He scored on Mike Moustakas' two-out single to tie the score.

McCullers walked Jorge Bonifacio with one out in the first, and Alcides Escobar in the sixth for the only base runners the Royals had before Cain's triple.

Hammel allowed one run and four hits over seven innings. He walked none and struck out four. Yost said it was a tough decision to remove Hammel after 85 pitches.

''His pitch count was still very manageable,'' Yost said. ''With no leeway there, I felt like he had done his job and we'd turn it over to the bullpen.''

Yost no longer can motion in Wade Davis and Greg Holland from the bullpen like he did when the Royals went to back-to-back World Series in 2014-15.

''Of course, I took them for granted,'' Yost said. ''Those suckers were good.''

The only run off Hammel came on a balk in the sixth inning. Nori Aoki hit a ground ball single to left to lead off the inning and went to third on George Springer's single. Hammel made a move to throw to first and the ball slipped out of his glove.

''I've done that pick a thousand times and I've never done that,'' Hammel said. ''I sausage-fingered it and didn't quite get the handle going into the glove and sure enough, that was the run.''

McCullers was removed after seven innings, permitting one run and two hits, while striking out eight and walking two.

ROYALS CHANGE GAME TIME

The Royals' game on Sept. 12 against the White Sox has been changed from a 7:15 p.m CDT start to 12:15 p.m. This is to accommodate a U2 concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium, which is across the parking lot from Kauffman Stadium.

ASTROS PROMOTE MARTES

RHP Francis Martes was scratched from his Wednesday Triple-A Fresno start and told to join the Astros Thursday in Kansas City. This is Martes' first time on a big league roster. Martes, the No. 1 ranked prospect in the organization, was 0-2 with a 5.29 ERA with Fresno.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: RHP Joe Musgrove (shoulder discomfort) threw a bullpen Thursday and could come off the DL and start Monday against Texas. ''The way my body felt was very good, no aches, no pains, nothing,'' Musgrove said. ''I felt like I was able to move freely. On top of that, I felt like I had very good command. I felt sharp. I felt like I picked up where I left off.''

Royals: All-Star C Salvador Perez (sprained left thumb) was not in the lineup getting injured in the eighth inning Wednesday. Yost said Perez was available and would start Friday at San Diego.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Brad Peacock, who has struck out at least eight in his past three outings, will start the opener of a home series against the Angels.

Royals: LHP Eric Skoglund will make his third big league start in the first game of a weekend series at San Diego.

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  • W: W. Harris (2-1)L: K. Herrera (1-2)
  • HR: HOU - J. Altuve (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF50000034.275.346.528.875-1.5
J. Reddick LF41100123.270.332.434.7652.0
J. Altuve 2B41121001.325.392.524.9167.0
C. Correa SS41100011.306.382.523.9053.5
B. McCann C30110000.272.369.485.8543.0
E. Gattis DH41100001.274.342.430.7722.0
Y. Gurriel 1B41100001.275.311.430.7413.0
A. Bregman 3B30100110.250.317.397.7141.5
N. Aoki LF31100011.260.307.315.6221.5
J. Marisnick CF10120000.259.341.506.8473.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B40000012.288.337.468.805-0.5
    J. Bonifacio RF30000110.270.331.482.8130.5
    L. Cain CF41100001.262.343.388.7314.0
    E. Hosmer 1B40000011.304.354.441.794-0.5
    M. Moustakas 3B30110020.271.314.533.8471.0
    B. Moss DH30000011.184.253.412.665-0.5
    A. Gordon LF30000020.174.286.225.511-1.0
    A. Escobar SS20000110.181.208.226.4330.5
    D. Butera C30100011.245.260.388.6480.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. McCann (5), Y. Gurriel (12)
      • 3B - C. Correa
      • HR - J. Altuve (9)
      • SF - B. McCann (2)
      • RBI - J. Altuve 2 (31), B. McCann (30), J. Marisnick 2 (13)
      BATTING
      • 3B - L. Cain (2)
      • RBI - M. Moustakas (33)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - C. Correa, Y. Gurriel, J. Altuve
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. McCullers7.02112802.581.0623.0
      W. Harris (W, 2-1)1.01000202.130.9110.0
      C. Devenski1.00000002.500.813.0
      PITCHERSIP
      L. McCullers7.0
      W. Harris (W, 2-1)1.0
      C. Devenski1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hammel7.04110405.431.4821.0
      J. Soria1.00000303.551.424.5
      K. Herrera (L, 1-2)0.13441015.551.36-13.0
      P. Moylan0.22111107.521.57-3.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hammel7.0
      J. Soria1.0
      K. Herrera (L, 1-2)0.1
      P. Moylan0.2
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. McCullers (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 91-60, W. Harris 15-10, C. Devenski 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 10-2, W. Harris 1-0, C. Devenski 1-2
      • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 24, W. Harris 4, C. Devenski 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 85-59, J. Soria 17-11, K. Herrera 16-8, P. Moylan 19-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 8-9, P. Moylan 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 25, J. Soria 3, K. Herrera 5, P. Moylan 5
      • Balks - J. Hammel
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer RF50000034.275.346.528.875-1.5
      J. Reddick LF41100123.270.332.434.7652.0
      J. Altuve 2B41121001.325.392.524.9167.0
      C. Correa SS41100011.306.382.523.9053.5
      B. McCann C30110000.272.369.485.8543.0
      E. Gattis DH41100001.274.342.430.7722.0
      Y. Gurriel 1B41100001.275.311.430.7413.0
      A. Bregman 3B30100110.250.317.397.7141.5
      N. Aoki LF31100011.260.307.315.6221.5
      J. Marisnick CF10120000.259.341.506.8473.0
      Total3569512812-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B40000012.288.337.468.805-0.5
        J. Bonifacio RF30000110.270.331.482.8130.5
        L. Cain CF41100001.262.343.388.7314.0
        E. Hosmer 1B40000011.304.354.441.794-0.5
        M. Moustakas 3B30110020.271.314.533.8471.0
        B. Moss DH30000011.184.253.412.665-0.5
        A. Gordon LF30000020.174.286.225.511-1.0
        A. Escobar SS20000110.181.208.226.4330.5
        D. Butera C30100011.245.260.388.6480.5
        Total2913102106-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. McCann (5), Y. Gurriel (12)
          • 3B - C. Correa
          • HR - J. Altuve (9)
          • SF - B. McCann (2)
          • RBI - J. Altuve 2 (31), B. McCann (30), J. Marisnick 2 (13)
          BATTING
          • 3B - L. Cain (2)
          • RBI - M. Moustakas (33)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas (9)
          FIELDING
          • DP - C. Correa, Y. Gurriel, J. Altuve
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. McCullers7.02112802.581.0623.0
          W. Harris (W, 2-1)1.01000202.130.9110.0
          C. Devenski1.00000002.500.813.0
          Total9.03112100---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. McCullers7.0
          W. Harris (W, 2-1)1.0
          C. Devenski1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Hammel7.04110405.431.4821.0
          J. Soria1.00000303.551.424.5
          K. Herrera (L, 1-2)0.13441015.551.36-13.0
          P. Moylan0.22111107.521.57-3.5
          Total9.0966281---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Hammel7.0
          J. Soria1.0
          K. Herrera (L, 1-2)0.1
          P. Moylan0.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - L. McCullers (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 91-60, W. Harris 15-10, C. Devenski 8-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 10-2, W. Harris 1-0, C. Devenski 1-2
          • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 24, W. Harris 4, C. Devenski 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 85-59, J. Soria 17-11, K. Herrera 16-8, P. Moylan 19-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 8-9, P. Moylan 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 25, J. Soria 3, K. Herrera 5, P. Moylan 5
          • Balks - J. Hammel
          • 9TH INNING
            Marisnick singled to right, Gattis and Gurriel scored, Bregman to second61
            McCann hit sacrifice fly to center, Correa scored41
            Altuve homered to center, Reddick scored31
          • 7TH INNING
            Moustakas singled to right, Cain scored11
          • 6TH INNING
            Aoki scored, Reddick to second on balk10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Kelvin Herrera relieved Joakim Soria
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reddick walked
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve homered to center, Reddick scored
            • C. Correa: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Correa tripled to center
            • B. McCann: McCann hit sacrifice fly to center, Correa scored
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gattis singled to shallow left
            • Peter Moylan relieved Kelvin Herrera
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel doubled to right, Gattis to third
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Foul, Marisnick singled to right, Gattis and Gurriel scored, Bregman to second
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Springer reached on fielder's choice to second, Bregman to third, Marisnick out at second
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chris Devenski relieved Will Harris
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike swinging, Bonifacio flied out to deep center
            • L. Cain: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Cain grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Hosmer: Hosmer flied out to left
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Joakim Soria relieved Jason Hammel
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
            • N. Aoki: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Aoki struck out swinging
            • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Springer struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Will Harris relieved Lance McCullers
            • Josh Reddick in left
            • George Springer in right
            • Jake Marisnick in center
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • D. Butera: Foul, Ball, Butera singled to right center
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Merrifield reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Butera out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, McCann grounded out to first
            • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Gattis fouled out to first
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Foul, Bonifacio grounded out to third
            • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Ball, Cain tripled to deep center
            • E. Hosmer: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas singled to right, Cain scored
            • B. Moss: Ball, Moustakas to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moss lined out to left
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • N. Aoki: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Aoki singled to shallow left
            • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • J. Reddick: Reddick singled to right, Aoki to third
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Foul, Aoki scored, Reddick to second on balk, Ball, Altuve lined out to center
            • C. Correa: Correa grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
            • D. Butera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Foul, Gattis flied out to center
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Bregman: Bregman flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • E. Hosmer: Ball, Hosmer grounded out to second
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • B. Moss: Ball, Moss grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Foul, Correa grounded out to first
            • B. McCann: Ball, McCann flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield grounded out to second
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cain grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Bregman singled to shallow center
            • N. Aoki: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Aoki grounded out to first, Bregman to second
            • G. Springer: Springer flied out to deep right, Bregman to third
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Reddick grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Escobar grounded out to pitcher
            • D. Butera: Foul, Butera flied out to right
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, McCann doubled to deep right center
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gattis popped out to first
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel flied out to shallow right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Hosmer grounded out to first
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • B. Moss: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moss struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
            • J. Altuve: Altuve flied out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio walked
            • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cain grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bonifacio out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)