Astros win 11th straight and finish 10-0 trip, beat KC 7-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Houston Astros keep finding ways to win, while the Kansas City Royals keep inventing ways to lose.

Carlos Correa and the Astros won their 11th straight game, finishing off a dominant 10-0 road trip by rallying past the Royals 7-4 Sunday.

The World Series champion Astros swept their swing through Texas, Oakland and Kansas City, outscoring opponents 74-35.

Last season, Houston had an 11-game winning streak end in Kansas City. This time, the Astros trailed 4-3 in the eighth inning before Correa led off with a tying homer. Evan Gattis, who had three hits, then put them ahead during a three-run burst.

''We just have a great team. It's hard to find any holes on this team. I don't think there are any,'' Correa said.

Correa has three home runs and eight RBIs in six games after missing four games with discomfort in his right side. He had a first-inning single and added a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Gattis hit .366 with five home runs and 19 RBIs on the Astros' trip. He singled home Yuli Gurriel in the eighth, and Marvin Gonzalez added an RBI single in the inning.

''I take confidence in our lineup versus anybody,'' Gattis said.

The Royals have lost six straight and 12 of 13. They have dropped 26 of 36 home games.

Brandon Maurer (0-3) took the loss, facing two batters and having both score. Tony Sipp (2-0) picked up the victory. Hector Rondon closed for his fourth save.

Astros right-hander Lance McCullers struck out nine over six innings, allowing two unearned runs.

''I didn't want to blow it,'' McCullers said of the winning streak.

Royals right-hander Brad Keller, a Rule 5 draft pick making his fourth start, gave up three runs in six innings.

''I felt like I did pretty well,'' Keller said. ''That's a good-hitting team and they got pop, so to keep them on the ground I'm happy with that.''

Third baseman Alex Bregman's errant throw home with the bases loaded led to the Royals scoring two unearned runs in the first to tie it at 2. Hunter Dozier hit a two-run homer in the third to give the Royals a 4-2 lead.

Brian McCann's two-out single in the fourth scored Gattis to reduce the Royals' lead to one.

ROYALS OUSTER

Royals DH Mike Moustakas and LHP Danny Duffy were ejected by plate umpire John Tumpane. Moustakas was ejected for words said from the dugout after he was out at home while trying to score from second on a single. A video replay upheld the call on the field. Duffy was thumbed in the sixth for his dugout verbiage. It was the Royals' first ejections this season.

''I saw a gesture over to me. I think that was my warning,'' Moustakas said. ''I said something after that and that's when he tossed me. I thought I was safe and I still think I'm safe. I think if he called me safe originally, I don't think they can overcome that.''

Tumpane has a history with the Royals - he tossed RHP Peter Moylan last July and Moustakas and manager Ned Yost in August in Baltimore.

ATTENDANCE DROP-OFF

After 36 home games, the Royals attendance is down 212,572 from last year. They drew 958,297 for 36 home games in 2017. This year that total is 737,725.

ROSTER MOVES

The Royals recalled INF Adalberto Mondesi, who is the only player to make his big league debut in the World Series, was recalled from Triple-A Omaha. The Royals also summoned OF Rosell Herrera and RHP Wily Peralta from the Storm Chasers. They optioned RHP Scott Barlow and INF Ramon Torres to Omaha and transferred LHP Eric Skoglund to the 60-day disabled list.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: 2B Whit Merrifield left in the second inning after fouling a pitch off his left knee. He has a contusion and is listed as day-to-day. Mondesi replaced him.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Gerrit Cole will start on Monday as they return home to face Tampa Bay. Cole is 8-1 with a 2.40 ERA.

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy, who has won one of his last 27 home starts, will start the opener of a three-game series against the Rangers on Monday. Bartolo Colon will be the Texas probable.

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HOU48-25
2001000317151
KC22-49
202000000460
  • W: T. Sipp (2-0)L: B. Maurer (0-3)S: H. Rondon (4)
  • HR: HOU - C. Correa (13), KC - H. Dozier (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF-RF50000005.282.356.486.8420.0
A. Bregman 3B52200000.268.373.465.8385.0
J. Altuve 2B31100201.337.393.463.8564.0
C. Correa SS41231002.273.357.498.8559.0
Y. Gurriel 1B51210011.301.324.402.7253.5
J. Reddick RF30100002.242.333.388.7211.0
a- T. White PH10100000.500.5001.0001.5002.0
J. Marisnick PR-CF01000000.173.198.323.5211.0
E. Gattis DH41310002.255.311.510.8215.0
M. Gonzalez LF30110112.258.331.403.7332.5
B. McCann C40210014.218.305.353.6582.5
  • a-doubled for Reddick in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B10000000.294.371.424.7950.0
a- A. Mondesi PH-2B30000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
A. Gordon LF21000210.253.318.354.6722.5
M. Moustakas DH11100100.262.319.476.7953.0
b- R. Herrera PH-DH20000011.133.133.133.267-0.5
S. Perez C41200020.226.274.432.7072.0
H. Dozier 1B41121002.233.295.369.6647.0
A. Escobar SS40010012.206.253.292.5450.5
R. Goins 3B40100012.234.261.327.5881.5
A. Almonte CF30000131.181.252.284.536-0.5
P. Orlando RF40100001.183.216.225.4422.0
  • a-struck out for Merrifield in the 4th
  • b-struck out for Moustakas in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Bregman (21), T. White
  • HR - C. Correa (13)
  • SF - C. Correa (6)
  • RBI - C. Correa 3 (47), Y. Gurriel (29), E. Gattis (47), M. Gonzalez (33), B. McCann (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. McCann (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Goins (8), P. Orlando (3)
  • HR - H. Dozier (3)
  • RBI - H. Dozier 2 (7), A. Escobar (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - H. Dozier 2 (5)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Gonzalez (2)
  • DP - (Bregman-Altuve-Gurriel)
  • E - A. Bregman (10)
FIELDING
  • DP - 4 (Merrifield-Escobar-Dozier; Mondesi-Escobar-Dozier; Mondesi-Escobar-Dozier; Goins-Mondesi-Dozier)
  • PB - S. Perez (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. McCullers6.06422913.771.2015.5
T. Sipp (W, 2-0)1.00001002.161.089.0
K. Giles (H, 1)1.00000104.561.183.5
H. Rondon (S, 4)1.00001101.381.049.5
PITCHERSIP
L. McCullers6.0
T. Sipp (W, 2-0)1.0
K. Giles (H, 1)1.0
H. Rondon (S, 4)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Keller6.09333102.631.346.5
K. McCarthy (H, 5)1.00000003.861.123.0
B. Maurer (L, 0-3) (BS, 2)0.022200113.502.44-9.0
T. Hill0.13110104.981.38-3.5
J. Grimm1.211101016.762.481.5
PITCHERSIP
B. Keller6.0
K. McCarthy (H, 5)1.0
B. Maurer (L, 0-3) (BS, 2)0.0
T. Hill0.1
J. Grimm1.2
PITCHING
  • WP - L. McCullers (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 97-61, T. Sipp 12-6, K. Giles 11-7, H. Rondon 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 6-3, T. Sipp 2-1, K. Giles 2-0, H. Rondon 1-0
  • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 26, T. Sipp 4, K. Giles 3, H. Rondon 3
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Keller (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 83-53, K. McCarthy 5-4, B. Maurer 7-4, T. Hill 11-10, J. Grimm 12-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 10-4, K. McCarthy 3-0, J. Grimm 1-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Keller 27, K. McCarthy 3, B. Maurer 2, T. Hill 4, J. Grimm 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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KC22-49
202000000460
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF-RF50000005.282.356.486.8420.0
A. Bregman 3B52200000.268.373.465.8385.0
J. Altuve 2B31100201.337.393.463.8564.0
C. Correa SS41231002.273.357.498.8559.0
Y. Gurriel 1B51210011.301.324.402.7253.5
J. Reddick RF30100002.242.333.388.7211.0
a- T. White PH10100000.500.5001.0001.5002.0
J. Marisnick PR-CF01000000.173.198.323.5211.0
E. Gattis DH41310002.255.311.510.8215.0
M. Gonzalez LF30110112.258.331.403.7332.5
B. McCann C40210014.218.305.353.6582.5
Total37715713319-----
  • a-doubled for Reddick in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B10000000.294.371.424.7950.0
a- A. Mondesi PH-2B30000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
A. Gordon LF21000210.253.318.354.6722.5
M. Moustakas DH11100100.262.319.476.7953.0
b- R. Herrera PH-DH20000011.133.133.133.267-0.5
S. Perez C41200020.226.274.432.7072.0
H. Dozier 1B41121002.233.295.369.6647.0
A. Escobar SS40010012.206.253.292.5450.5
R. Goins 3B40100012.234.261.327.5881.5
A. Almonte CF30000131.181.252.284.536-0.5
P. Orlando RF40100001.183.216.225.4422.0
Total32463141110-----
  • a-struck out for Merrifield in the 4th
  • b-struck out for Moustakas in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Bregman (21), T. White
  • HR - C. Correa (13)
  • SF - C. Correa (6)
  • RBI - C. Correa 3 (47), Y. Gurriel (29), E. Gattis (47), M. Gonzalez (33), B. McCann (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. McCann (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Goins (8), P. Orlando (3)
  • HR - H. Dozier (3)
  • RBI - H. Dozier 2 (7), A. Escobar (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - H. Dozier 2 (5)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Gonzalez (2)
  • DP - (Bregman-Altuve-Gurriel)
  • E - A. Bregman (10)
FIELDING
  • DP - 4 (Merrifield-Escobar-Dozier; Mondesi-Escobar-Dozier; Mondesi-Escobar-Dozier; Goins-Mondesi-Dozier)
  • PB - S. Perez (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. McCullers6.06422913.771.2015.5
T. Sipp (W, 2-0)1.00001002.161.089.0
K. Giles (H, 1)1.00000104.561.183.5
H. Rondon (S, 4)1.00001101.381.049.5
Total9.06424111---
PITCHERSIP
L. McCullers6.0
T. Sipp (W, 2-0)1.0
K. Giles (H, 1)1.0
H. Rondon (S, 4)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Keller6.09333102.631.346.5
K. McCarthy (H, 5)1.00000003.861.123.0
B. Maurer (L, 0-3) (BS, 2)0.022200113.502.44-9.0
T. Hill0.13110104.981.38-3.5
J. Grimm1.211101016.762.481.5
Total9.01577331---
PITCHERSIP
B. Keller6.0
K. McCarthy (H, 5)1.0
B. Maurer (L, 0-3) (BS, 2)0.0
T. Hill0.1
J. Grimm1.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - L. McCullers (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 97-61, T. Sipp 12-6, K. Giles 11-7, H. Rondon 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 6-3, T. Sipp 2-1, K. Giles 2-0, H. Rondon 1-0
  • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 26, T. Sipp 4, K. Giles 3, H. Rondon 3
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Keller (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 83-53, K. McCarthy 5-4, B. Maurer 7-4, T. Hill 11-10, J. Grimm 12-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 10-4, K. McCarthy 3-0, J. Grimm 1-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Keller 27, K. McCarthy 3, B. Maurer 2, T. Hill 4, J. Grimm 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Correa hit sacrifice fly to right, Bregman scored74
  • 8TH INNING
    Gonzalez singled to left, Marisnick scored, Gattis to second64
    Gattis singled to shallow right, Gurriel scored, Marisnick to third54
    Correa homered to left44
  • 4TH INNING
    McCann singled to left, Gattis scored, Gonzalez to third34
  • 3RD INNING
    Dozier homered to left center, Perez scored24
  • 1ST INNING
    Escobar grounded out to pitcher, Moustakas scored, Perez to third, Dozier to second22
    Dozier reached on fielder's choice to third, Gordon scored, Moustakas to third, Perez to second on 3rd baseman Bregman fielding error21
    Gurriel singled to shallow left, Altuve scored, Correa to second20
    Correa singled to left, Bregman scored, Altuve to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Grimm Pitching:
    • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bregman doubled to left center
    • J. Altuve: Altuve flied out to deep center, Bregman to third
    • C. Correa: Correa hit sacrifice fly to right, Bregman scored
    • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Hector Rondon relieved Ken Giles
    • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
    • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Almonte walked
    • P. Orlando: Strike swinging, Orlando grounded into double play third to second to first, Almonte out at second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Brandon Maurer relieved Kevin McCarthy
    • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Correa homered to left
    • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • Tim Hill relieved Brandon Maurer
    • Tyler White hit for Josh Reddick
    • T. White: White doubled to shallow left, Gurriel to third
    • Jake Marisnick ran for Tyler White
    • E. Gattis: Foul, Foul, Gattis singled to shallow right, Gurriel scored, Marisnick to third
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to left, Marisnick scored, Gattis to second
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • Justin Grimm relieved Tim Hill
    • G. Springer: Foul, Springer grounded into double play third to second to first, Gonzalez out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ken Giles relieved Tony Sipp
    • S. Perez: Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Perez struck out on foul tip
    • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Kevin McCarthy relieved Brad Keller
    • G. Springer: Springer grounded out to third
    • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman grounded out to second
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tony Sipp relieved Lance McCullers
    • P. Orlando: Orlando flied out to deep center
    • A. Mondesi: Ball, Mondesi grounded out to third
    • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
    • R. Herrera: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Herrera grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • B. Keller Pitching:
    • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Reddick singled to shallow center
    • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Reddick to second on wild pitch, Gattis singled to shallow left, Reddick to third
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • B. McCann: Foul, McCann grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Gattis out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. McCullers Pitching:
    • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dozier grounded out to second
    • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
    • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goins doubled to deep right
    • A. Almonte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • B. Keller Pitching:
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Altuve: Altuve singled to right center
    • C. Correa: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Correa grounded out to third, Altuve to second
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. McCullers Pitching:
    • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
    • Rosell Herrera hit for Mike Moustakas
    • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • B. Keller Pitching:
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel lined out to second
    • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick grounded out to second
    • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Gattis singled to right
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez walked, Gattis to second
    • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCann singled to left, Gattis scored, Gonzalez to third
    • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. McCullers Pitching:
    • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Goins grounded out to first
    • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Almonte struck out looking
    • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Orlando doubled to right
    • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • B. Keller Pitching:
    • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman lined out to right
    • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Altuve walked
    • C. Correa: Correa grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Altuve out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. McCullers Pitching:
    • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Moustakas singled to center
    • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Moustakas to second on wild pitch, Pickoff attempt, Perez singled to left, Moustakas out at home
    • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dozier homered to left center, Perez scored
    • A. Escobar: Foul, Escobar flied out to center
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • B. Keller Pitching:
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded bunt out to third
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, McCann singled to right center
    • G. Springer: Springer grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, McCann out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. McCullers Pitching:
    • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Almonte struck out looking
    • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Orlando popped out to third
    • W. Merrifield: Foul
    • Mondesi struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • B. Keller Pitching:
    • G. Springer: Springer grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman singled to shallow center
    • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked, Bregman to second
    • C. Correa: Ball, Bregman to third, Altuve to second on passed ball, Correa singled to left, Bregman scored, Altuve to third
    • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel singled to shallow left, Altuve scored, Correa to second
    • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick reached on fielder's choice to second, Correa to third, Gurriel out at second
    • E. Gattis: Gattis flied out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. McCullers Pitching:
    • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield flied out to deep right
    • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked, Gordon to second
    • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Perez singled to shallow left, Gordon to third, Moustakas to second
    • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier reached on fielder's choice to third, Gordon scored, Moustakas to third, Perez to second on 3rd baseman Bregman fielding error
    • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar grounded out to pitcher, Moustakas scored, Perez to third, Dozier to second
    • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Goins grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)