Astros top Royals, push winning streak to 10

Astros top Royals, push winning streak to 10

Houston tallied 10 hits on Saturday and cruised to a 10-2 victory over Kansas City.

The Houston Astros have won 10 games in a row, tallying 10 hits as they cruised to a 10-2 victory over Kansas City Royals.

The Astros took an early lead on a two-RBI double by Jose Altuve in the first inning and plated two runs in the fifth to double their lead to 4-0.

Kansas City scored twice in the bottom of that frame. But catcher Max Stassi blasted a three-run homer in the next inning to help the Astros pull away.

Dallas Keuchel picked up the win for the Astros after he allowed two runs, none earned, in six innings on the mound. Royals starter Danny Duffy pitched six innings and surrendered seven runs, six earned.

The win moved Houston to 47-25 this year while the Royals fell to 22-48.

 

ROSARIO STRIKES HARD

Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario went four for four, scored four runs and drove in two more in a 9-3 win against the Indians.

Sean Newcomb pitched six shut-out innings and struck out seven in the Braves’ 1-0 win over the Padres.

 

RONDON AND RAMIREZ BELOW PAR

Bruce Rondon allowed two hits and one run while recording just a single out in the White Sox’s 7-5 loss to the Tigers. He also walked two batters.

Angels reliever Noe Ramirez surrendered three runs in his one inning on the mound against the Athletics. He picked up his third loss of the season in a 6-4 defeat.

 

HOSKINS GOES HUGE

Phillies outfielder Rhys Hoskins belted a home run to left field in the fourth inning against the Brewers.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

New York Yankees 4-1 Tampa Bay Rays
Detroit Tigers 7-5 Chicago White Sox
Houston Astros 10-2 Kansas City Royals
Oakland Athletics 6-4 LA Angels
Miami Marlins 5-4 Baltimore Orioles
Texas Rangers 5-2 Colorado Rockies
Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Cincinatti Reds
Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 Washington Nationals
Minnesota Twins 9-3 Cleveland Indians
Philadephia Phillies 4-1 Milwaukee Brewers
Atlanta Braves 1-0 San Diego Padres
LA Dodgers 3-1 San Francisco Giants
Chicago Cubs 6-3 St Louis Cardinals
Seattle Mariners 1-0 Boston Red Sox
New York Mets 5-1 Arizona Diamondbacks
 

PHILLIES AT BREWERS

Philadelphia and Milwaukee will play out a decider for their three-game series on Sunday. The Brewers came away with a dominant 13-2 victory in the series opener. But the Phillies responded with a 4-1 win on Saturday to snap a three-game Milwaukee winning streak. Aaron Nola (8-2, 2.27 ERA) is set to start for the Phillies while Chase Anderson (5-5, 4.13 ERA) will take the mound for the Brewers.

Seven striking photos from this week's Royals games at Kauffman Stadium

Seven striking photos from this week's Royals games at Kauffman Stadium

The tweet was a photo of Mike Moustakas hitting a single in the Royals games Tuesday night against the Reds.

Nothing special about that, right?

Well, wrong. This particular tweet from The Star’s John Sleezer was retweeted 553 times and liked 1,989 times. That’s because the photo was an extreme closeup of Moustakas’ bat.

It was one of the many excellent photos taken by The Star’s John Sleezer during the Royals’ home stand. That’s why I thought it would cool to highlight his work from time to time.

That starts today. Here are eight fantastic photos by John this past week (and remember, you can follow John on Twitter at @jsleezer).

Let’s start with the Moustakas hit:

On Wednesday night, Alex Gordon made a sliding catch and for briefest time the ball covered his face:

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Royals left fielder Alex Gordon dives for a fly ball out on Cincinnati Reds’ Billy Hamilton in the sixth inning Wednesday’s at Kauffman Stadium.

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There were some beautiful sunsets at Kauffman Stadium, including this one during Wednesday’s game:

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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ian Kennedy throws in the seventh inning during Tuesday’s baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on June 12, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

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The Reds’ Scooter Gennett was thrown out at the plate on a great throw from the Royals’ Abraham Almonte on Wednesday night:

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Cincinnati Reds’ Scooter Gennett is tagged out by Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez trying to score on a sacrifice fly by Jose Peraza to end the top of the second inning during Tuesday’s baseball game on June 12, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

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Mustard won the hot-dog race on Saturday and this is a look at the finish line:

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Mustard wins the Hot Dog Derby race during Saturday’s baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros on June 16, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

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Here is a fan catching a home-run ball hit by the Astros’ Alex Bregman during Saturday’s game. The reactions of other people around him are great:

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A fan catches the home run ball of Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman in the ninth inning during Saturday’s baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on June 16, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

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Tuesday’s game featured a controversial rundown as Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton avoided a tag by Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar:

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Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar misses the rundown tag on the Reds’ Billy Hamilton in the 10th inning, allowing Hamilton to go back to third during Tuesday’s game at Kauffman Stadium.

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Astros go for 11th straight win over struggling Royals

Astros go for 11th straight win over struggling Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — These are fun times for the defending World Series champion Houston Astros and trying times for the Kansas City Royals.

The Astros will seek their 11th straight victory Sunday when they close out a three-game series in Kansas City. It will conclude a 10-game Astros road trip in which they have won the first nine, making it the most successful 10-game trip in franchise history. Their previous best was 8-2 last year. They have scored at least six runs in six consecutive games.

“We’re having a good time right now, obviously, we’re in a good stretch,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “And you have to enjoy the ups because there are a lot of times during the season where it can get frustrating.”

Dallas Keuchel picked up his first victory since May 13, allowing two unearned runs over six innings, while Max Stassi and Alex Bregman belted three-run homers as the Astros routed the Royals 10-2 on Saturday.

It has been an exasperating season for the Royals, who have lost five straight and 11 of 12. They are 2-12 in June, scoring 28 runs in 14 games. They fell to 10-25 at home.

They’ve also lost starting right fielder Jorge Soler for at least six weeks, probably longer, with a fractured left big toe.

“He had a CT scan that showed the crack isn’t big enough to warrant surgery right now,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “We’ll check again in 10 days to see how it’s doing.

“He was very disappointed, very upset last night. I’ve never seen him that upset, a lot of words in numerous languages coming out of his mouth. He knew something was wrong. He was putting together a really, really good, solid year where he’s getting a chance to play every day and was doing some nice things.”

With the Royals’ Triple-A Omaha club playing Friday night in Tacoma, Wash., plus the two-hour time change, they did not have time to get a body to Kansas City for an afternoon game. They will announce Soler’s roster replacement Sunday.

“We’re not the Enterprise, you can’t beam them up,” Yost said.

Meanwhile, first baseman Lucas Duda will join the Storm Chasers on Sunday in Reno to begin a minor league rehab assignment. Duda hit .256 with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 37 games before going on the disabled list May 14 with right foot plantar fasciitis.

Rookie right-hander Brad Keller will make his fourth career start and 25th appearance in the series finale. Keller, who is a Rule 5 draft pick from the Arizona Diamondbacks, is 1-2 with a 2.31 ERA.

Keller is coming off his longest major league start, going 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision last Sunday in Oakland against the A’s. He allowed two runs on five hits.

He has limited opposing hitters to 30 hits, while walking 13 and striking out 23 over 35 innings.

Keller will face the Astros for the first time. Two of his three starts have been against American League West opponents, posting a 2.79 ERA over 9 2/3 innings.

He ranks fourth among AL rookie pitchers with 24 appearances and an opponents’ batting average of .231.

He was primarily a starter in the minors. In 106 appearances, he made 100 starts, including the last 50, but had not pitched above Double-A before this year.

The Astros will counter with right-hander Lance McCullers, who is 8-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 14 starts. He has yielded 66 hits and 35 earned runs over 82 1/3 innings with 32 walks and 81 strikeouts.

McCullers, who has a career 27-19 record with a 3.64 ERA, is 1-0 with a 2.14 ERA in three career starts against the Royals. He had a 2.57 ERA in two no-decisions starts last season against Kansas City, allowing four runs on eight hits over 14 innings, while striking out 18 and walking two.

Salvador Perez has two hits, both home runs, in six at-bats against McCullers.

Royals' Soler fractures toe, could head to DL

Royals' Soler fractures toe, could head to DL

Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has a fractured bone in his left foot and will undergo additional tests, the team announced Friday.

Soler first injured his big toe after fouling a ball off his foot June 8. After two games as DH, Soler returned to right field on Friday night for the first time since, but he eventually left after six innings of the Royals’ 7-3 loss to the Houston Astros.

The Royals said his new injury happened as Soler tripped exiting the batter’s box on Friday and is unrelated to last week’s incident. He was on crutches after the game.

“If your feet hurt, it’s gonna be a while, so I’m not sure,” manager Ned Yost told reporters after Friday’s loss. “We don’t think it’s a surgical thing right now but the scan will give us more.”

Soler is hitting .265 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs for the Royals this season.

Royals' Soler fractures foot, likely headed to DL

Royals' Soler fractures foot, likely headed to DL

Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has a fractured bone in his left foot and will be out for an extended period, manager Ned Yost confirmed Saturday.

Soler first injured his big toe after fouling a ball off his foot June 8. After two games as DH, Soler returned to right field on Friday night for the first time since, but he eventually left after six innings of the Royals’ 7-3 loss to the Houston Astros.

A CT scan on Saturday confirmed a broken fifth metatarsal. Surgery is not necessary at this time, but the team will re-evaluate his status in a week after a second CT scan.

“I’ve never seen him that upset,” Yost told reporters.

The Royals said his new injury happened as Soler tripped exiting the batter’s box on Friday and is unrelated to last week’s incident. He was on crutches after the game.

“If your feet hurt, it’s gonna be a while, so I’m not sure,” Yost told reporters after Friday’s loss.

Soler is hitting .265 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs.

Royals' Jorge Soler: Suffers toe fracture Friday

Royals' Jorge Soler: Suffers toe fracture Friday

Soler suffered a fracture of the first metatarsal in his left foot Friday against the Athletics after fouling a ball off his foot, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic Kansas City reports.

The foul ball seems to be the primary cause behind the injury, but Soler had been dealing with a toe injury earlier in June, and it’s possible the toe never fully healed. Soler will have to undergo further examination before we know exactly how long he will be out, but similar injuries (including one suffered by Jayson Werth last season) have cost players multiple months in the past. Expect Soler to be placed on the disabled list Saturday and for a timetable for his return to come together after doctors are able to get a look at the toe in the coming week.

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