Herrera robs HR, triples in run as Royals beat Astros 1-0

HOUSTON (AP) In the midst of a difficult season, the Kansas City Royals got a needed spark Friday night from one of their newest additions.

Rookie Rosell Herrera kept the game scoreless with a home-run robbery in the eighth inning and hit an RBI triple in the ninth, and struggling Kansas City beat the Houston Astros 1-0.

Herrera helped the Royals end a nine-game skid by bringing back Alex Bregman's would-be homer. The right fielder reached over the short outfield wall to snag the first out in the eighth.

''He's athletic, he's fast,'' manager Ned Yost said. ''He seems to swing the bat OK from both sides. It's only been a week. There's a lot to like looking at him on a short look.''

Adalberto Mondesi singled off Ken Giles (0-2) to start the ninth, stole second and took third on a flyout by Whit Merrifield. Herrera then sent a ball to center field to score Mondesi.

Herrera also had a double and is batting .278 in five games since being cut by Cincinnati and acquired by the Royals.

''That was very fun, not only for me but for my teammates because we played really good defense today ... and that's why we made the right play at the right time and won the game,'' Herrera said.

Danny Duffy pitched six innings of two-hit ball for the Royals, and the bullpen didn't allow another knock. Justin Grimm (1-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and Tim Hill threw a perfect ninth for his first save.

When asked about his work Friday night, Duffy briefly discussed his outing before raving about Herrera.

''Rosie he's a stud, man,'' he said. ''I'm a big fan of that kid. If he keeps playing as hard as he does, he's always going to have a spot in the big leagues. We love that here. I'm really happy for him. He had a fantastic game.''

Houston was shut out for the first time since May 11. They still had several opportunities to score because of seven walks but went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

''It's unusual because we've been pretty good swinging the bat lately,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''It seemed like every opportunity ended in a double play tonight.''

Houston starter Dallas Keuchel pitched six strong innings. He allowed six hits and struck out six, while Duffy fanned seven after being tagged for seven runs in six innings of a loss to the Astros on Saturday.

The Royals had just wrapped an 0-8 homestand and had lost 15 of 16.

Kevin McCarthy took over for Duffy in the seventh and issued consecutive walks to Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez. Pinch-hitter Tony Kemp then grounded into a force out that left Gattis out at third. But the Astros loaded the bases when pinch-hitter Tyler White reached on a fielder's choice.

Houston came away empty-handed when George Springer grounded into a double play.

Salvador Perez doubled with one out in the eighth and Houston intentionally walked Alex Gordon before Alcides Escobar drew a walk to load the bases. The game remained scoreless when Hector Rondon struck out Paulo Orlando to end the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: Hinch said RHP Joe Smith (right elbow inflammation) is improving but still has several steps to go through before he's ready to come off the disabled list.

STREAK ENDS

Escobar started in center field, snapping a streak of 407 straight starts at shortstop dating to Sept. 26, 2015. That streak was the longest in Royals history and the longest active streak in the majors. It's the first time he's played a position other than shortstop since he joined the Royals in 2011 and the sixth time in his career he's played in the outfield, after appearing in five games there for the Brewers in 2010.

The Royals started Mondesi at shortstop instead. They have said Escobar will also see time at second and third base this season.

''I just think that the time was right,'' Yost said. ''He knows that his next career move is probably going to be a utility-type player ... and he's anxious to start showing people that he can handle it.''

Escobar, who entered the game 2 for 28, had two hits including a double.

''I thought (Escobar) looked good in center. He hits good as a center fielder,'' Yost said with a laugh.

UP NEXT

Houston's Lance McCullers Jr. (8-3, 3.77 ERA) looks for his third straight win when as he opposes Ian Kennedy (1-7, 5.31) Saturday night. Kennedy hasn't won in 13 starts, going 0-7 with a 6.12 ERA since his only win of the season on April 7.

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  • W: J. Grimm (1-2)L: K. Giles (0-2)S: T. Hill (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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R. Herrera RF50210021.226.226.387.6135.0
M. Moustakas 3B50000023.259.314.472.786-1.0
S. Perez C50100002.222.267.417.6842.0
H. Dozier 1B40000021.227.281.353.634-1.0
A. Gordon LF20100200.262.335.362.6973.0
A. Escobar CF20200200.208.261.295.5575.0
R. Goins 2B00000000.227.254.318.5730.0
P. Orlando DH40100017.177.207.215.4230.5
A. Mondesi SS41100022.214.214.286.5003.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF20000213.277.357.483.8401.5
    A. Bregman 3B40000023.264.369.465.834-1.0
    J. Altuve 2B30100102.346.402.493.8952.0
    C. Correa SS30100111.270.354.490.8452.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B30000104.296.323.391.7141.0
    E. Gattis DH30000104.251.311.498.8091.0
    M. Gonzalez LF30000111.253.329.393.7220.5
    M. Stassi C20000010.260.333.496.829-0.5
    a- T. Kemp PH-CF20000002.306.375.412.7870.0
    J. Marisnick CF10000010.174.204.318.5230.5
    b- T. White PH10000002.250.333.375.7080.0
    B. McCann C10000000.216.299.345.6450.0
    • a-hit into fielder's choice for Stassi in the 7th
    • b-hit into fielder's choice for Marisnick in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Herrera, S. Perez (9), A. Escobar (10)
    • 3B - R. Herrera (2)
    • RBI - R. Herrera (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Correa (16)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Mondesi (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Merrifield-Mondesi-Dozier; Moustakas-Dozier; Merrifield-Mondesi-Dozier)
    • E - A. Mondesi
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Duffy6.02004705.181.5118.5
    K. McCarthy1.00002003.621.181.0
    J. Grimm (W, 1-2)1.000010012.792.139.0
    T. Hill (S, 1)1.00000004.561.3110.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Duffy6.0
    K. McCarthy1.0
    J. Grimm (W, 1-2)1.0
    T. Hill (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Keuchel6.06002603.901.3116.0
    C. Devenski1.00000201.520.884.0
    H. Rondon1.01002201.611.141.0
    K. Giles (L, 0-2)1.02110104.561.25-4.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Keuchel6.0
    C. Devenski1.0
    H. Rondon1.0
    K. Giles (L, 0-2)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - D. Duffy (7)
    • HBP - D. Duffy (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 104-63, K. McCarthy 24-12, J. Grimm 16-9, T. Hill 10-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 5-4, K. McCarthy 3-0, J. Grimm 1-3, T. Hill 2-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 23, K. McCarthy 5, J. Grimm 5, T. Hill 3
    PITCHING
    • IBB - H. Rondon
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 98-62, C. Devenski 18-13, H. Rondon 24-14, K. Giles 16-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 4-8, C. Devenski 1-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 26, C. Devenski 3, H. Rondon 6, K. Giles 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B-CF50100021.285.364.408.7720.0
    R. Herrera RF50210021.226.226.387.6135.0
    M. Moustakas 3B50000023.259.314.472.786-1.0
    S. Perez C50100002.222.267.417.6842.0
    H. Dozier 1B40000021.227.281.353.634-1.0
    A. Gordon LF20100200.262.335.362.6973.0
    A. Escobar CF20200200.208.261.295.5575.0
    R. Goins 2B00000000.227.254.318.5730.0
    P. Orlando DH40100017.177.207.215.4230.5
    A. Mondesi SS41100022.214.214.286.5003.0
    Total36191041117-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer RF20000213.277.357.483.8401.5
      A. Bregman 3B40000023.264.369.465.834-1.0
      J. Altuve 2B30100102.346.402.493.8952.0
      C. Correa SS30100111.270.354.490.8452.5
      Y. Gurriel 1B30000104.296.323.391.7141.0
      E. Gattis DH30000104.251.311.498.8091.0
      M. Gonzalez LF30000111.253.329.393.7220.5
      M. Stassi C20000010.260.333.496.829-0.5
      a- T. Kemp PH-CF20000002.306.375.412.7870.0
      J. Marisnick CF10000010.174.204.318.5230.5
      b- T. White PH10000002.250.333.375.7080.0
      B. McCann C10000000.216.299.345.6450.0
      Total2802007722-----
      • a-hit into fielder's choice for Stassi in the 7th
      • b-hit into fielder's choice for Marisnick in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Herrera, S. Perez (9), A. Escobar (10)
      • 3B - R. Herrera (2)
      • RBI - R. Herrera (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Correa (16)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Mondesi (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Merrifield-Mondesi-Dozier; Moustakas-Dozier; Merrifield-Mondesi-Dozier)
      • E - A. Mondesi
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Duffy6.02004705.181.5118.5
      K. McCarthy1.00002003.621.181.0
      J. Grimm (W, 1-2)1.000010012.792.139.0
      T. Hill (S, 1)1.00000004.561.3110.0
      Total9.0200770---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Duffy6.0
      K. McCarthy1.0
      J. Grimm (W, 1-2)1.0
      T. Hill (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Keuchel6.06002603.901.3116.0
      C. Devenski1.00000201.520.884.0
      H. Rondon1.01002201.611.141.0
      K. Giles (L, 0-2)1.02110104.561.25-4.5
      Total9.09114110---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Keuchel6.0
      C. Devenski1.0
      H. Rondon1.0
      K. Giles (L, 0-2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Duffy (7)
      • HBP - D. Duffy (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 104-63, K. McCarthy 24-12, J. Grimm 16-9, T. Hill 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 5-4, K. McCarthy 3-0, J. Grimm 1-3, T. Hill 2-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 23, K. McCarthy 5, J. Grimm 5, T. Hill 3
      PITCHING
      • IBB - H. Rondon
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 98-62, C. Devenski 18-13, H. Rondon 24-14, K. Giles 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 4-8, C. Devenski 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 26, C. Devenski 3, H. Rondon 6, K. Giles 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Herrera tripled to deep center, Mondesi scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ken Giles relieved Hector Rondon
        • A. Mondesi: Mondesi singled to center
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Mondesi stole second, Merrifield flied out to deep right, Mondesi to third
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Herrera tripled to deep center, Mondesi scored
        • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
        • S. Perez: Ball, Perez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Goins at second base
        • Tim Hill relieved Justin Grimm
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to first
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Kemp grounded out to second
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, McCann lined out to center
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Brian McCann catching
        • Hector Rondon relieved Chris Devenski
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Ball, Moustakas popped out to third
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez doubled to deep left
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • A. Gordon: Gordon intentionally walked
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked, Perez to third, Gordon to second
        • P. Orlando: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Justin Grimm relieved Kevin McCarthy
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Bregman lined out to right
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked
        • C. Correa: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Correa flied out to deep right
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Altuve to second on shortstop Mondesi fielding error
        • E. Gattis: Gattis flied out to shallow left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Chris Devenski relieved Dallas Keuchel
        • A. Mondesi: Foul, Mondesi grounded out to first
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
        • R. Herrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Kevin McCarthy relieved Danny Duffy
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gattis walked
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked, Gattis to second
        • Tony Kemp hit for Max Stassi
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp reached on fielder's choice to second, Gattis out at third, Gonzalez to second
        • Tyler White hit for Jake Marisnick
        • T. White: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, White reached on fielder's choice to third, Gonzalez to third, Kemp to second
        • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Springer grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, White out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Foul, Foul, Perez flied out to left
        • H. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Gordon singled to right
        • A. Escobar: Escobar doubled to deep left, Gordon to third
        • P. Orlando: Ball, Orlando lined out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Altuve singled to center, Springer to second
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Springer to third, Altuve to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded into double play third to first, Altuve out at third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • R. Herrera: Herrera doubled to deep center
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to third
        • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Stassi struck out looking
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Marisnick struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Perez flied out to left
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier flied out to right
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon walked
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked, Gordon to second
        • P. Orlando: Ball, Orlando flied out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel lined out to second
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Gattis grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield flied out to right
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Herrera grounded out to third
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moustakas lined out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Stassi flied out to deep center
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Marisnick hit by pitch
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Springer walked, Marisnick to second
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Bregman flied out to deep left
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • H. Dozier: Dozier flied out to right
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Escobar singled to center
        • P. Orlando: Ball, Orlando singled to left, Escobar to second
        • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Correa doubled to left center
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel walked
        • E. Gattis: Gattis grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Correa to third, Gurriel out at second
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Gonzalez struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • R. Herrera: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Moustakas grounded out to second, Merrifield to second
        • S. Perez: Ball, Perez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Springer struck out looking
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Altuve flied out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)