Astros win 10th in row, Keuchel get HR help to beat KC 10-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) A.J. Hinch wiped the sweat from his brow after watching his Astros win their 10th straight game on Saturday, joking that he might get tossed early the next time out to avoid the Kansas City heat.

The skipper hasn't been sweating many outcomes lately.

Houston's latest solid start came from Dallas Keuchel, who allowed the Royals two unearned runs over six sharp innings. Its latest offense came from Max Stassi and Alex Bregman, who belted three-run homers at spacious Kauffman Stadium. And its latest win was a 10-2 rout as the heat index eclipsed 100 degrees.

''I'm really happy with how consistently the guys are showing up expecting to win, and then going out and doing it,'' Hinch said. ''We're a hard team to beat right now.''

No matter the situation. No matter the conditions.

''Winning streak, no winning streak, it doesn't matter. We just play our game,'' said Bregman, who survived the blazing sun and oppressive heat, which sent Stassi and Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel to the clubhouse with symptoms of dehydration.

Jose Altuve hit a two-run double in the first to send the World Series champions on their way. The Astros have won the first nine games on their 10-game road swing, already making it the best trip in club history with the series finale still to come on Sunday.

Coincidentally, the Astros had an 11-game win streak end in Kansas City last season.

Keuchel (4-8) has begun to emerge from a monthlong funk, allowing two unearned runs and six hits in six innings. The 2015 Cy Young winner had surrendered a combined 17 runs over his last three outings, and had not won since tossing seven scoreless innings against Texas on May 13.

Meanwhile, the Royals have lost five straight and are 2-12 since the calendar flipped to June.

''We've been around this clubhouse for a while to the point that we've had our ups, we've had our downs,'' Royals pitcher Danny Duffy said. ''We know what we need to do to come out of them, it's just about doing exactly that. It's not ideal where we're at right now. It's pretty much the opposite of what we drew up coming into the year. We got to come out of this stretch ourselves.''

Duffy (3-7) had been pitching well of late, going seven shutout innings his last time out. But the Royals left-hander allowed seven runs on seven hits and three walks in just six innings, becoming the most recent starting pitcher to have a rough time with the Astros' potent lineup.

''We've played some good baseball. Obviously the teams we've been playing have played better than we have,'' he said.

Duffy was in trouble right from the start. George Springer opened the game with a walk, Bregman added a single and Altuve ripped a double to give the Astros a 2-0 lead.

The Astros tacked on two more runs in the fifth, getting some help from third baseman Mike Moustakas, who flubbed an easy grounder that led to an unearned run. And after Kansas City matched the tally in the bottom half, the Astros' big bats put the game out of reach.

Stassi began by swatting Duffy's 1-0 pitch to left field for a 7-2 lead, and Bregman added his homer in the ninth inning to extend his career-best on-base streak to 27 consecutive games.

The only consolation for the Royals was that they weren't grand slams. They pitching staff had served up one of them each of the past two games, including Evan Gattis' in the series opener.

''This is a tough club,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''You make a mistake and they make you pay.''

STATS AND STREAKS

Royals C Drew Butera snapped a 0-for-16 skid with a single in the third inning. LF Alex Gordon ended a 0-for-13 slump with a single in the sixth. ... Houston is now a season-high 22 games over .500.

SO LONG, SOLER

Royals OF Jorge Soler will miss at least six weeks after breaking a bone in his left foot during the series opener. Soler will head to the DL but with Triple-A Omaha on the West Coast, a corresponding roster move will not be made until Sunday. Soler was hitting .265 with nine homers and 28 RBIs.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: 1B Lucas Duda will begin a rehab assignment with Omaha on Sunday, Yost said. Duda has been out since May 14 with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

UP NEXT

The Royals send RHP Brad Keller (1-2, 2.31 ERA) to the mound in the hopes of avoiding a sweep. The Astros counter with RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (8-3, 3.83 ERA) as they try to keep their streak going.

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KC22-48
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  • W: D. Keuchel (4-8)L: D. Duffy (3-7)
  • HR: HOU - M. Stassi (7), A. Bregman (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF42100111.287.362.495.8575.5
A. Bregman 3B42241010.265.373.462.83510.5
J. Altuve 2B30120210.337.390.464.8545.5
T. Kemp 2B00000000.316.391.434.8250.0
C. Correa SS50000004.270.356.485.8410.0
Y. Gurriel 1B21000110.299.322.402.7241.5
T. White 1B10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
E. Gattis DH40000021.245.303.505.808-1.0
M. Gonzalez LF42300000.257.328.404.7326.0
M. Stassi C41231012.264.336.512.8488.5
B. McCann PR-C01000000.209.299.349.6481.0
J. Marisnick CF41110012.173.198.323.5212.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield RF30210001.295.372.425.7987.0
    M. Moustakas 3B40110023.259.314.474.7883.0
    S. Perez DH40000023.221.270.431.701-1.0
    H. Dozier 1B30000131.232.296.343.640-0.5
    A. Gordon LF30100001.255.315.357.6722.0
    A. Escobar SS40000012.209.257.297.554-0.5
    A. Almonte CF40000011.186.252.292.544-0.5
    D. Butera C41100020.157.240.236.4761.0
    R. Goins 2B41100011.233.262.320.5821.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Altuve (18), M. Gonzalez (11)
      • HR - A. Bregman (10), M. Stassi (7)
      • SF - A. Bregman
      • RBI - A. Bregman 4 (38), J. Altuve 2 (37), M. Stassi 3 (21), J. Marisnick (15)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (22)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (23), M. Moustakas (46)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (10), M. Moustakas (17)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Springer (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (15), M. Moustakas (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Bregman-Correa-Gurriel)
      • E - C. Correa (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Almonte (2)
      • DP - 2 (Almonte-Moustakas; Moustakas-Goins-Dozier)
      • E - M. Moustakas (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Keuchel (W, 4-8)6.06201504.151.3123.5
      B. Peacock1.00000302.481.004.5
      W. Harris1.00000204.321.284.0
      C. Devenski1.00000201.630.904.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Keuchel (W, 4-8)6.0
      B. Peacock1.0
      W. Harris1.0
      C. Devenski1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Duffy (L, 3-7)6.07763515.551.55-0.5
      K. McCarthy1.00000103.991.163.5
      B. Maurer1.000002010.132.064.0
      B. Smith1.03331117.311.80-3.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Duffy (L, 3-7)6.0
      K. McCarthy1.0
      B. Maurer1.0
      B. Smith1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - B. Peacock (2), W. Harris
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 101-65, B. Peacock 16-12, W. Harris 15-9, C. Devenski 17-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 12-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 25, B. Peacock 4, W. Harris 4, C. Devenski 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Duffy (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 101-59, K. McCarthy 12-9, B. Maurer 11-7, B. Smith 26-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 3-10, K. McCarthy 2-0, B. Smith 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 28, K. McCarthy 3, B. Maurer 3, B. Smith 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HOU47-25
      20002300310101
      KC22-48
      000020000261
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer RF42100111.287.362.495.8575.5
      A. Bregman 3B42241010.265.373.462.83510.5
      J. Altuve 2B30120210.337.390.464.8545.5
      T. Kemp 2B00000000.316.391.434.8250.0
      C. Correa SS50000004.270.356.485.8410.0
      Y. Gurriel 1B21000110.299.322.402.7241.5
      T. White 1B10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
      E. Gattis DH40000021.245.303.505.808-1.0
      M. Gonzalez LF42300000.257.328.404.7326.0
      M. Stassi C41231012.264.336.512.8488.5
      B. McCann PR-C01000000.209.299.349.6481.0
      J. Marisnick CF41110012.173.198.323.5212.5
      Total3510101024910-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield RF30210001.295.372.425.7987.0
        M. Moustakas 3B40110023.259.314.474.7883.0
        S. Perez DH40000023.221.270.431.701-1.0
        H. Dozier 1B30000131.232.296.343.640-0.5
        A. Gordon LF30100001.255.315.357.6722.0
        A. Escobar SS40000012.209.257.297.554-0.5
        A. Almonte CF40000011.186.252.292.544-0.5
        D. Butera C41100020.157.240.236.4761.0
        R. Goins 2B41100011.233.262.320.5821.5
        Total33262011213-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Altuve (18), M. Gonzalez (11)
          • HR - A. Bregman (10), M. Stassi (7)
          • SF - A. Bregman
          • RBI - A. Bregman 4 (38), J. Altuve 2 (37), M. Stassi 3 (21), J. Marisnick (15)
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield (22)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (23), M. Moustakas (46)
          • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (10), M. Moustakas (17)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - G. Springer (5)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - W. Merrifield (15), M. Moustakas (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Bregman-Correa-Gurriel)
          • E - C. Correa (2)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - A. Almonte (2)
          • DP - 2 (Almonte-Moustakas; Moustakas-Goins-Dozier)
          • E - M. Moustakas (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Keuchel (W, 4-8)6.06201504.151.3123.5
          B. Peacock1.00000302.481.004.5
          W. Harris1.00000204.321.284.0
          C. Devenski1.00000201.630.904.0
          Total9.06201120---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Keuchel (W, 4-8)6.0
          B. Peacock1.0
          W. Harris1.0
          C. Devenski1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Duffy (L, 3-7)6.07763515.551.55-0.5
          K. McCarthy1.00000103.991.163.5
          B. Maurer1.000002010.132.064.0
          B. Smith1.03331117.311.80-3.5
          Total9.010109492---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Duffy (L, 3-7)6.0
          K. McCarthy1.0
          B. Maurer1.0
          B. Smith1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - B. Peacock (2), W. Harris
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 101-65, B. Peacock 16-12, W. Harris 15-9, C. Devenski 17-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 12-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 25, B. Peacock 4, W. Harris 4, C. Devenski 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Duffy (6)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 101-59, K. McCarthy 12-9, B. Maurer 11-7, B. Smith 26-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 3-10, K. McCarthy 2-0, B. Smith 1-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 28, K. McCarthy 3, B. Maurer 3, B. Smith 6
          • 9TH INNING
            Bregman homered to left, McCann and Springer scored102
          • 6TH INNING
            Stassi homered to left, Gurriel and Gonzalez scored72
          • 5TH INNING
            Moustakas reached on an infield single to shortstop, Goins scored, Merrifield to third42
            Merrifield doubled to left, Butera scored, Goins to third41
            Bregman hit sacrifice fly to left, Marisnick scored, Springer to second40
            Marisnick singled to shallow right, Gonzalez scored, Marisnick to second30
          • 1ST INNING
            Altuve doubled to left center, Springer and Bregman scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Burch Smith relieved Brandon Maurer
            • M. Stassi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Stassi singled to deep right
            • Brian McCann ran for Max Stassi
            • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • G. Springer: Ball, Springer singled to right, McCann to second
            • A. Bregman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Bregman homered to left, McCann and Springer scored
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Altuve walked
            • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Correa grounded into double play third to second to first, Altuve out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chris Devenski relieved Will Harris
            • Tony Kemp at second base
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
            • D. Butera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
            • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goins fouled out to first
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Brandon Maurer relieved Kevin McCarthy
            • T. White: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, White struck out looking
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
            • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Will Harris relieved Brad Peacock
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon hit by pitch
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar lined out to center
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Danny Duffy
            • A. Bregman: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
            • C. Correa: Correa grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tyler White at first base
            • Brad Peacock relieved Dallas Keuchel
            • D. Butera: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
            • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Merrifield hit by pitch
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel walked
            • E. Gattis: Foul, Foul, Gattis lined out to left
            • M. Gonzalez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to right, Gurriel to second
            • M. Stassi: Ball, Gurriel to third, Gonzalez to second on wild pitch, Stassi homered to left, Gurriel and Gonzalez scored
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Marisnick flied out to deep right
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Springer popped out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Keuchel Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gordon singled to center
            • A. Escobar: Escobar lined out to left
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Almonte grounded into fielder's choice to second, Gordon out at second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez doubled to deep right center
            • M. Stassi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Stassi grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Marisnick singled to shallow right, Gonzalez scored, Marisnick to second
            • G. Springer: Springer safe at first on 3rd baseman Moustakas fielding error, Marisnick to third
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman hit sacrifice fly to left, Marisnick scored, Springer to second
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Altuve walked, Springer stole third
            • C. Correa: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Correa flied out to shallow left
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • D. Keuchel Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Almonte grounded out to third
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Butera safe at first on shortstop Correa fielding error
            • R. Goins: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Goins singled to right, Butera to third
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield doubled to left, Butera scored, Goins to third
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Moustakas reached on an infield single to shortstop, Goins scored, Merrifield to third
            • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Moustakas stole second, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Ball, Correa lined out to left
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Keuchel Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Perez grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier walked
            • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Dozier out at second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Altuve lined out to right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Keuchel Pitching:
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Butera singled to right
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Goins reached on fielder's choice to second, Butera out at second
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Foul, Merrifield reached on fielder's choice to third, Goins out at second
            • M. Moustakas: Pickoff attempt, Moustakas grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • E. Gattis: Gattis lined out to center
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez singled to shallow center
            • M. Stassi: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
            • J. Marisnick: Pickoff attempt, Marisnick grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Gonzalez out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Keuchel Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to second
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar grounded out to first
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Almonte grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman singled to center, Springer to second
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve doubled to left center, Springer and Bregman scored
            • C. Correa: Correa flied into double play center, Altuve out at third
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gurriel flied out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Dallas Keuchel pitching
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Merrifield singled to shallow center
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Perez grounded out to third, Merrifield to second
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Merrifield stole third, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)