Gattis' slam sends Astros past KC 7-3 for 9th straight win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch watched his team load the bases in front of hot-hitting Evan Gattis, and all he wanted was the big designated hitter to send a drive to the outfield and keep the line moving.

Hinch had to settle for one that cleared the fence.

Cleared the bases, too.

Gattis crushed a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning Friday night, Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa also went deep, and the Astros rolled past the Kansas City Royals 7-3 for their ninth straight win.

''We're shaking hands after a lot of his at-bats,'' Hinch said of Gattis, who has five homers in the first eight games of the Astros' road trip. ''When guys are hot, there's a ton of energy and a ton of fun.''

Charlie Morton (8-1) overcame another bout of wildness, at one point walking three straight batters, to last six innings for Houston. He allowed four hits and four walks while striking out nine.

Brad Peacock, Tony Sipp and Collin McHugh each contributed a scoreless inning in relief to wrap up the Astros' latest win. All but one during their streak has come away from Minute Maid Park.

''I think our guys are just methodically going through their days,'' Hinch said. ''This is a long road trip and it's a lot more fun when you're winning.''

The Royals, meanwhile, have lost four straight and 10 of 11.

Jakob Junis (5-7) served up all three Houston homers, getting tagged for six runs on seven hits and a walk. It was his fourth straight loss, his last win coming against the New York Yankees on May 18.

''We were putting some really good swings on it. We were hitting some balls hard,'' Morton said with a grin. ''Really, I was just waiting for the dam to break.''

The Royals gave Junis some support early, jumping ahead 2-0 in the third on a two-out double by Mike Moustakas. It was a buoying at-bat considering the meek-hitting Kansas City lineup managed a single run in getting swept by Cincinnati during a two-game set this week.

It appeared the lead might stand, too, the way Junis breezed through the first three innings.

Bregman changed all that with his ninth homer of the season, a shot that just skirted the left-field foul pole. Correa added his 455-foot home run two batters later to tie the game.

Morton's wildness allowed the Royals to regain the lead in the fifth, but Junis coughed it back up in the sixth. He gave up three straight one-out singles to load the bases for Gattis, whose soaring, 405-foot grand slam was the second of his career and third by the Astros this season.

It was also the second slam permitted by the Royals in their last two games.

''I was hoping we would get either a flyout or a mishit. I didn't think I left it right over the plate,'' Junis said. ''I thought it was up and away. He just put a good swing on it.''

ASTROS MOVES

Houston recalled 3B Tyler White from Triple-A Fresno and placed LHP Reymin Guduan on the paternity leave list. White was hitting .338 with 13 homers and a .444 on-base percentage, the second-highest in all of Triple-A. Guduan can miss no more than three games while on the paternity list.

ROYALS MOVES

Kansas City selected the contract of RHP Brandon Maurer from Triple-A Omaha and optioned RHP Jason Adam to the same club. Maurer was 0-2 with a 12.46 ERA for the Royals before he was sent outright to the minor league club on May 3. He's worked 11 straight scoreless appearances at Omaha.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros RHP Joe Smith (elbow inflammation) rejoined the team, and Hinch said the reliever is ''pain free and the next step is to initiate a throwing program.'' That could happen by the end of the weekend.

Royals OF Jorge Soler left after stumbling out of the batter's box in the sixth. He was taken for X-rays that revealed a broken left foot. ''It will be awhile when your feet are hurt,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''They're going to give it a CT scan or whatever. We'll have a better idea. X-rays showed a positive break. We don't think it's a surgical thing right now. The CT scan will give us more of a look.''

UP NEXT

Struggling LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-8, 4.45 ERA) starts for the Astros and LHP Danny Duffy (3-6, 5.28) gets the nod for the Royals for a Saturday matinee with temperatures expected to approach triple digits.

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HOU46-25
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KC22-47
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  • W: C. Morton (8-1)L: J. Junis (5-7)
  • HR: HOU - E. Gattis (14), C. Correa (12), A. Bregman (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF-RF50000014.287.361.498.859-0.5
A. Bregman 3B41111100.262.373.450.8237.0
J. Altuve 2B41100001.337.387.462.8482.0
C. Correa SS42211000.275.362.496.8588.0
J. Reddick RF-LF41200000.241.333.389.7223.0
E. Gattis DH42241020.250.309.515.82411.0
M. Gonzalez 1B30110100.248.321.393.7134.0
B. McCann C40000022.209.299.349.648-1.0
T. Kemp LF30200000.316.391.434.8252.0
J. Marisnick CF10100000.171.197.325.5221.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B-RF30000112.291.367.419.7860.5
    M. Moustakas 3B30130110.259.315.477.7935.5
    S. Perez C40000024.225.275.440.715-1.0
    J. Soler RF30000020.265.354.466.820-1.0
    R. Goins 2B10100000.232.262.323.5852.0
    A. Gordon LF40000031.254.311.358.669-1.5
    H. Dozier 1B40100020.240.298.354.6520.0
    A. Escobar SS40000011.212.260.302.562-0.5
    P. Orlando DH42200020.179.214.209.4233.0
    A. Almonte CF11000200.193.261.303.5633.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Gattis (10), M. Gonzalez (10)
      • HR - A. Bregman (9), C. Correa (12), E. Gattis (14)
      • RBI - A. Bregman (34), C. Correa (44), E. Gattis 4 (46), M. Gonzalez (32)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Correa (14), M. Gonzalez (10)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moustakas (17), R. Goins (7)
      • RBI - M. Moustakas 3 (45)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas 2 (16)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - J. Reddick
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Bregman-Altuve-Gonzalez)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon (6)
      • DP - 2 (Gordon-Goins; Escobar-Goins-Dozier)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton (W, 8-1)6.04334902.941.1421.5
      B. Peacock (H, 5)1.00000102.571.043.5
      T. Sipp1.01000202.301.093.0
      C. McHugh1.00000201.160.874.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton (W, 8-1)6.0
      B. Peacock (H, 5)1.0
      T. Sipp1.0
      C. McHugh1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (L, 5-7)5.17661334.431.21-2.5
      T. Hill0.20000104.641.270.5
      J. Grimm1.010010019.132.881.0
      B. Smith1.03110106.591.72-0.5
      B. Flynn1.01000004.501.692.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (L, 5-7)5.1
      T. Hill0.2
      J. Grimm1.0
      B. Smith1.0
      B. Flynn1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 98-65, B. Peacock 11-8, T. Sipp 12-10, C. McHugh 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 5-3, T. Sipp 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 25, B. Peacock 3, T. Sipp 4, C. McHugh 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 96-62, T. Hill 8-6, J. Grimm 15-9, B. Smith 21-17, B. Flynn 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 1-12, T. Hill 1-0, J. Grimm 1-1, B. Smith 1-0, B. Flynn 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 24, T. Hill 2, J. Grimm 4, B. Smith 5, B. Flynn 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HOU46-25
      0002040107120
      KC22-47
      002010000350
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF-RF50000014.287.361.498.859-0.5
      A. Bregman 3B41111100.262.373.450.8237.0
      J. Altuve 2B41100001.337.387.462.8482.0
      C. Correa SS42211000.275.362.496.8588.0
      J. Reddick RF-LF41200000.241.333.389.7223.0
      E. Gattis DH42241020.250.309.515.82411.0
      M. Gonzalez 1B30110100.248.321.393.7134.0
      B. McCann C40000022.209.299.349.648-1.0
      T. Kemp LF30200000.316.391.434.8252.0
      J. Marisnick CF10100000.171.197.325.5221.0
      Total3671273257-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B-RF30000112.291.367.419.7860.5
        M. Moustakas 3B30130110.259.315.477.7935.5
        S. Perez C40000024.225.275.440.715-1.0
        J. Soler RF30000020.265.354.466.820-1.0
        R. Goins 2B10100000.232.262.323.5852.0
        A. Gordon LF40000031.254.311.358.669-1.5
        H. Dozier 1B40100020.240.298.354.6520.0
        A. Escobar SS40000011.212.260.302.562-0.5
        P. Orlando DH42200020.179.214.209.4233.0
        A. Almonte CF11000200.193.261.303.5633.0
        Total3135304148-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - E. Gattis (10), M. Gonzalez (10)
          • HR - A. Bregman (9), C. Correa (12), E. Gattis (14)
          • RBI - A. Bregman (34), C. Correa (44), E. Gattis 4 (46), M. Gonzalez (32)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Correa (14), M. Gonzalez (10)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Moustakas (17), R. Goins (7)
          • RBI - M. Moustakas 3 (45)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas 2 (16)
          BASERUNNING
          • Picked Off - J. Reddick
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Bregman-Altuve-Gonzalez)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon (6)
          • DP - 2 (Gordon-Goins; Escobar-Goins-Dozier)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Morton (W, 8-1)6.04334902.941.1421.5
          B. Peacock (H, 5)1.00000102.571.043.5
          T. Sipp1.01000202.301.093.0
          C. McHugh1.00000201.160.874.0
          Total9.05334140---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Morton (W, 8-1)6.0
          B. Peacock (H, 5)1.0
          T. Sipp1.0
          C. McHugh1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (L, 5-7)5.17661334.431.21-2.5
          T. Hill0.20000104.641.270.5
          J. Grimm1.010010019.132.881.0
          B. Smith1.03110106.591.72-0.5
          B. Flynn1.01000004.501.692.0
          Total9.01277253---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (L, 5-7)5.1
          T. Hill0.2
          J. Grimm1.0
          B. Smith1.0
          B. Flynn1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 98-65, B. Peacock 11-8, T. Sipp 12-10, C. McHugh 13-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 5-3, T. Sipp 1-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Morton 25, B. Peacock 3, T. Sipp 4, C. McHugh 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 96-62, T. Hill 8-6, J. Grimm 15-9, B. Smith 21-17, B. Flynn 11-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 1-12, T. Hill 1-0, J. Grimm 1-1, B. Smith 1-0, B. Flynn 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 24, T. Hill 2, J. Grimm 4, B. Smith 5, B. Flynn 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Gonzalez doubled to deep right center, Gattis scored73
          • 6TH INNING
            Gattis homered to center, Altuve, Correa and Reddick scored63
          • 5TH INNING
            Moustakas walked, Orlando scored, Almonte to third, Merrifield to second23
          • 4TH INNING
            Correa homered to left22
            Bregman homered to left12
          • 3RD INNING
            Moustakas doubled to deep right, Orlando and Almonte scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Brian Flynn relieved Burch Smith
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Marisnick singled to left center
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Marisnick out at second
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Bregman grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Collin McHugh relieved Tony Sipp
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Escobar fouled out to first
            • P. Orlando: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Burch Smith relieved Justin Grimm
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Correa grounded out to first
            • J. Reddick: Reddick reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gattis doubled to deep left, Reddick to third
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Reddick picked off at third, catcher to third, Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez doubled to deep right center, Gattis scored
            • B. McCann: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tony Sipp relieved Brad Peacock
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Goins doubled to deep center
            • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Ryan Goins at second base
            • Justin Grimm relieved Tim Hill
            • T. Kemp: Foul, Foul, Kemp singled to right
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Springer flied into double play left to second, Kemp out at second
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Altuve grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Brad Peacock relieved Charlie Morton
            • Jake Marisnick in center field
            • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Foul, Almonte flied out to left
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Merrifield lined out to center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bregman flied out to left
            • J. Altuve: Altuve reached on an infield single to second
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Correa reached on an infield single to shortstop, Altuve to second
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Reddick singled to shallow left, Altuve to third, Correa to second
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gattis homered to center, Altuve, Correa and Reddick scored
            • Tim Hill relieved Jake Junis
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to catcher
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Soler grounded out to third
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier singled to center
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gattis struck out looking
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
            • B. McCann: McCann flied out to deep right
            • T. Kemp: Pickoff attempt, Kemp singled to right, Gonzalez to second
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Escobar flied out to deep center
            • P. Orlando: Orlando reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Almonte walked, Orlando to second
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield walked, Orlando to third, Almonte to second
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked, Orlando scored, Almonte to third, Merrifield to second
            • S. Perez: Perez grounded into double play third to second to first, Moustakas out at second
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Springer lined out to center
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman homered to left
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Altuve flied out to deep center
            • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Correa homered to left
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Dozier grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez flied out to left
            • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, McCann popped out to shortstop
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Kemp grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Foul, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Orlando singled to right
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Almonte walked, Orlando to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Moustakas doubled to deep right, Orlando and Almonte scored
            • S. Perez: Perez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Foul, Correa flied out to deep right
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick flied out to deep left
            • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gattis struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Springer lined out to center
            • A. Bregman: Bregman lined out to third
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Altuve flied out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Merrifield flied out to right
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas popped out to third
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)