Brantley, Peacock help Astros blank Royals

HOUSTON (AP) After struggling recently while pitching out of the stretch, Brad Peacock went to a full windup Wednesday night and found a little something extra.

Michael Brantley homered twice, Peacock pitched seven innings and Josh James completed the three-hitter in Houston's 9-0 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Peacock (3-2) allowed three hits and set a career high with 12 strikeouts to help the Astros bounce back after a 12-2 loss Tuesday night. Peacock also rebounded after allowing seven runs in just 3 2/3 innings in his previous start. James struck out five in the last two innings.

''The story of the day for me is the adjustment he made,'' manager AJ Hinch said. ''His delivery out of the windup has much more rhythm, much more energy. The ball came out better, his execution was better and ultimately his results were better. That's as good as he's gotten into a game, and he held it his entire outing. It was an excellent night for him.''

Peacock, who said it was the first time he'd pitch from the windup since 2016, called Wednesday's start the best of his career.

''What I was doing really wasn't working too well so I had to make a change,'' he said. ''I felt really good tonight. I was able to get some rhythm out there and throw my stuff for strikes.''

Kansas City manager Ned Yost said Peacock was tough all night.

''You could tell early on that his stuff was good, his location was good,'' he said. ''His execution was good. He was keeping his fastball down and away and had a really good slider down and away so you just knew you were in for a battle.''

George Springer and Carlos Correa also homered to give the Astros 16 home runs combined in their past five games.

Springer gave Houston an early lead with his MLB-leading fourth leadoff homer this season and the 28th of his career. It's the second time this week he's led off the game with a homer after also doing so in a 6-4 win on Monday.

Houston led 2-0 with one out and one on in the third when Brantley sent a pitch from Jorge Lopez (0-4) into the seats in right field behind the bullpen to make it 4-0.

Correa followed with his shot to straightaway center to give Houston back-to-back homers for the third time this season. Josh Reddick singled before Yuli Gurriel doubled to chase Lopez. He was replaced by Jake Newberry, and Aledmys Diaz's sacrifice fly scored Reddick to extend the lead to 6-0.

Brantley connected again with two outs in the fourth inning to make it 7-0 and give him his fifth career multihomer game and the first since 2015.

Lopez allowed six hits and six runs while walking three in 2 1/3 innings to remain winless in eight starts this season.

Peacock had allowed just one hit when Terrance Gore and Billy Hamilton hit consecutive singles with one out in the fifth inning. Peacock plunked Whit Merrifield to load the bases, but struck out Adalberto Mondesi and Hunter Dozier to escape the jam.

Those were the first of eight straight batters Peacock retired to end his night. He struck out six in that span, including Martin Maldonado for the first out of the seventh inning. Both Maldonado and Yost were ejected for arguing that strikeout.

STRIKE ZONE

Yost and Lopez were unhappy with the strike zone.

''I found it very inconsistent,'' Yost said. ''I don't mind two inches off the plate as long as we're both getting it, and we weren't getting the same pitches.''

Yost pointed to the fact that his team struck out looking eight times.

''Our guys know the strike zone,'' he said. ''I don't mind an inch or two off the plate. Strike three, you can't recover from it. I'm fine with that. Just do it both ways. And by my count, it was like 8-1.''

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Homer Bailey (3-3, 5.25 ERA) will start the first of three games against the Phillies on Friday after a day off on Thursday. He allowed seven hits and two runs in six innings of a 15-3 win over the Tigers in his previous start.

Astros: LHP Wade Miley (2-2, 3.20) is scheduled to pitch for Houston when the team opens a four-game series against Texas on Thursday. Miley has held teams to three earned runs or fewer in 23 straight starts and needs two strikeouts to reach 1,000 for his career.

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  • W: B. Peacock (3-2)L: J. Lopez (0-4)
  • HR: HOU - M. Brantley 2 (9), G. Springer (12), C. Correa (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B20000101.295.355.538.8932.0
A. Mondesi SS40000035.276.309.520.829-1.5
H. Dozier 3B40000034.331.427.6611.088-1.5
J. Soler DH30000121.255.304.510.8140.0
R. O'Hearn 1B40000031.194.307.370.677-1.5
C. Owings RF30000021.143.213.250.4630.0
M. Maldonado C30000011.184.273.255.528-0.5
C. Gallagher C10000011.121.171.121.293-0.5
T. Gore LF40100021.375.400.500.9000.0
B. Hamilton CF30200000.210.294.276.5703.0
J. Lopez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Newberry P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Lovelady P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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I. Kennedy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF22121102.291.380.603.9829.0
    J. Marisnick CF10000011.264.316.453.769-0.5
    J. Altuve 2B51100002.236.321.471.7922.0
    A. Bregman 3B-SS20010120.279.397.566.9631.0
    T. Kemp LF10000001.188.259.313.5720.0
    M. Brantley DH32232110.340.386.603.98813.5
    C. Correa SS31111002.297.355.586.9416.0
    a- T. White PH-1B10000000.259.362.328.6900.0
    J. Reddick RF42200012.339.388.455.8443.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B-3B41200000.260.307.417.7244.0
    A. Diaz LF-SS30110000.228.258.404.6622.0
    M. Stassi C30110112.150.209.225.4342.5
    B. Peacock P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. James P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    • a-grounded out for Correa in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Hamilton (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi, H. Dozier 3 (3), J. Soler, C. Owings, M. Maldonado, T. Gore
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Gurriel (10)
    • HR - G. Springer (12), M. Brantley 2 (9), C. Correa (9)
    • SF - G. Springer (3), A. Bregman (3), A. Diaz (2)
    • RBI - G. Springer 2 (32), A. Bregman (25), M. Brantley 3 (27), C. Correa (22), A. Diaz (11), M. Stassi (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley (11)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer 2 (2), J. Altuve, T. Kemp, J. Reddick 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - A. Bregman (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Lopez (L, 0-4)2.16663236.071.49-13.0
    J. Newberry2.24331115.021.19-1.5
    R. Lovelady1.00000204.001.224.0
    W. Peralta1.00000006.351.713.0
    I. Kennedy1.01000102.601.272.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Lopez (L, 0-4)2.1
    J. Newberry2.2
    R. Lovelady1.0
    W. Peralta1.0
    I. Kennedy1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Peacock (W, 3-2)7.030011204.301.0933.0
    J. James2.00001506.111.427.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Peacock (W, 3-2)7.0
    J. James2.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lopez 74-38, J. Newberry 36-22, R. Lovelady 12-7, W. Peralta 12-8, I. Kennedy 13-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lopez 3-2, J. Newberry 3-4, R. Lovelady 1-0, I. Kennedy 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Lopez 16, J. Newberry 13, R. Lovelady 3, W. Peralta 3, I. Kennedy 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. James (2)
    • HBP - B. Peacock, J. James (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Peacock 98-65, J. James 41-24
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Peacock 4-6, J. James 1-0
    • Batters Faced - B. Peacock 27, J. James 8
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    W. Merrifield 2B20000101.295.355.538.8932.0
    A. Mondesi SS40000035.276.309.520.829-1.5
    H. Dozier 3B40000034.331.427.6611.088-1.5
    J. Soler DH30000121.255.304.510.8140.0
    R. O'Hearn 1B40000031.194.307.370.677-1.5
    C. Owings RF30000021.143.213.250.4630.0
    M. Maldonado C30000011.184.273.255.528-0.5
    C. Gallagher C10000011.121.171.121.293-0.5
    T. Gore LF40100021.375.400.500.9000.0
    B. Hamilton CF30200000.210.294.276.5703.0
    J. Lopez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Newberry P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    R. Lovelady P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    I. Kennedy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF22121102.291.380.603.9829.0
      J. Marisnick CF10000011.264.316.453.769-0.5
      J. Altuve 2B51100002.236.321.471.7922.0
      A. Bregman 3B-SS20010120.279.397.566.9631.0
      T. Kemp LF10000001.188.259.313.5720.0
      M. Brantley DH32232110.340.386.603.98813.5
      C. Correa SS31111002.297.355.586.9416.0
      a- T. White PH-1B10000000.259.362.328.6900.0
      J. Reddick RF42200012.339.388.455.8443.5
      Y. Gurriel 1B-3B41200000.260.307.417.7244.0
      A. Diaz LF-SS30110000.228.258.404.6622.0
      M. Stassi C30110112.150.209.225.4342.5
      B. Peacock P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. James P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      Total32911944612-----
      • a-grounded out for Correa in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Hamilton (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi, H. Dozier 3 (3), J. Soler, C. Owings, M. Maldonado, T. Gore
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Gurriel (10)
      • HR - G. Springer (12), M. Brantley 2 (9), C. Correa (9)
      • SF - G. Springer (3), A. Bregman (3), A. Diaz (2)
      • RBI - G. Springer 2 (32), A. Bregman (25), M. Brantley 3 (27), C. Correa (22), A. Diaz (11), M. Stassi (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer 2 (2), J. Altuve, T. Kemp, J. Reddick 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Bregman (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lopez (L, 0-4)2.16663236.071.49-13.0
      J. Newberry2.24331115.021.19-1.5
      R. Lovelady1.00000204.001.224.0
      W. Peralta1.00000006.351.713.0
      I. Kennedy1.01000102.601.272.5
      Total8.01199464---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lopez (L, 0-4)2.1
      J. Newberry2.2
      R. Lovelady1.0
      W. Peralta1.0
      I. Kennedy1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Peacock (W, 3-2)7.030011204.301.0933.0
      J. James2.00001506.111.427.5
      Total9.03002170---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Peacock (W, 3-2)7.0
      J. James2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lopez 74-38, J. Newberry 36-22, R. Lovelady 12-7, W. Peralta 12-8, I. Kennedy 13-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lopez 3-2, J. Newberry 3-4, R. Lovelady 1-0, I. Kennedy 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Lopez 16, J. Newberry 13, R. Lovelady 3, W. Peralta 3, I. Kennedy 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. James (2)
      • HBP - B. Peacock, J. James (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Peacock 98-65, J. James 41-24
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Peacock 4-6, J. James 1-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Peacock 27, J. James 8
      • 5TH INNING
        Springer hit sacrifice fly to center, Gurriel scored09
        Stassi reached on fielder's choice to third, Reddick scored, Gurriel to third, Diaz out at second08
      • 4TH INNING
        Brantley homered to right07
      • 3RD INNING
        Diaz hit sacrifice fly to center, Reddick scored06
        Correa homered to center05
        Brantley homered to right center, Altuve scored04
        Bregman hit sacrifice fly to center, Springer scored02
      • 1ST INNING
        Springer homered to left01
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. James Pitching:
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
        • C. Owings: Ball, Foul, Ball, Owings hit by pitch
        • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Ball, Owings to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gallagher struck out looking
        • T. Gore: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gore struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jake Marisnick in center field
        • Josh James relieved Brad Peacock
        • Tony Kemp in left field
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
        • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soler reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Merrifield out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ian Kennedy relieved Wily Peralta
        • M. Stassi: Stassi singled to right
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Marisnick struck out looking
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Altuve fouled out to third
        • T. Kemp: Foul, Kemp grounded out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Maldonado struck out looking
        • T. Gore: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gore struck out looking
        • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Hamilton grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Cam Gallagher catching
        • Wily Peralta relieved Richard Lovelady
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Reddick fouled out to first
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel flied out to left
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Diaz flied out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
        • R. O'Hearn: Foul, Ball, O'Hearn flied out to center
        • C. Owings: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Owings struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Richard Lovelady relieved Jake Newberry
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
        • Tyler White hit for Carlos Correa
        • T. White: Ball, White grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • M. Maldonado: Foul, Maldonado fouled out to first
        • T. Gore: Ball, Ball, Gore singled to left
        • B. Hamilton: Foul, Ball, Hamilton singled to shallow left, Gore to second
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield hit by pitch, Gore to third, Hamilton to second
        • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Newberry Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Reddick singled to center
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel singled to right, Reddick to second
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Diaz reached on an infield single to shortstop, Reddick to third, Gurriel to second
        • M. Stassi: Strike swinging, Stassi reached on fielder's choice to third, Reddick scored, Gurriel to third, Diaz out at second
        • G. Springer: Springer hit sacrifice fly to center, Gurriel scored
        • J. Altuve: Altuve reached on fielder's choice to third, Stassi out at second
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
        • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soler walked
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
        • C. Owings: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Owings struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Newberry Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley homered to right
        • Ca. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Correa fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • T. Gore: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gore grounded out to first
        • B. Hamilton: Foul, Hamilton doubled to deep right
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield flied out to center
        • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Mondesi flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Altuve singled to center, Springer to third
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bregman hit sacrifice fly to center, Springer scored
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley homered to right center, Altuve scored
        • Ca. Correa: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Correa homered to center
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Reddick singled to right
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel doubled to deep left, Reddick to third
        • Jake Newberry relieved Jorge Lopez
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Diaz hit sacrifice fly to center, Reddick scored
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Stassi walked
        • G. Springer: Springer flied out to deep right
        • End of the 3rd (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
        • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, O'Hearn struck out looking
        • C. Owings: Strike looking, Owings safe at first on shortstop Bregman throwing error
        • M. Maldonado: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Maldonado grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Diaz grounded out to first
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Merrifield flied out to right
        • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Springer homered to left
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Altuve grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley walked, Bregman to second
        • Ca. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Correa lined out to right
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Reddick struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)