Royals hold off Astros for fourth straight win

September 17, 2023 4:18 pm

[Source: Reuters]

Salvador Perez and Nelson Velazquez each drove in two runs and the Kansas City Royals tripped up the Houston Astros 10-8 on Saturday night in Kansas City.

Logan Porter belted his first big league home run, and the Royals extended their winning streak to four straight. The American League West-leading Astros have now lost the first two in the series.

James McArthur (1-0) got the win, and Hector Neris (6-3) was tagged with the loss.

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The night was a salute to the Negro Leagues, and the Royals (48-101) wore Kansas City Monarchs uniforms while the Astros (83-66) were clad in Houston Eagles uniforms.

The Royals snapped a 6-6 tie with three runs in the seventh inning. Kyle Isbel put Kansas City in front with an RBI bunt single off Neris. A throwing error by Astros third baseman Alex Bregman on Dairon Blanco’s ground ball produced another run, and Nick Pratto’s sacrifice fly gave the Royals a three-run cushion.

The Astros closed the gap in the ninth inning on Yordan Alvarez’s RBI double and Jose Abreu’s run-scoring groundout off Carlos Hernandez. Taylor Clarke recorded a one-out save, his second.

In the first inning, the Royals took a three-run lead. Maikel Garcia walked and stole second base. A single by Bobby Witt Jr. put runners on the corners, and Perez lined a two-run double. Velazquez provided a sacrifice fly.

In the third inning, Witt walked and stole second base, his 47th of the season. MJ Melendez lined an RBI single to center to give Kansas City a 4-0 advantage.

The Astros answered in the fifth inning with three runs. Yainer Diaz homered to center. Mauricio Dubon tripled and scored on Bregman’s RBI single. Alvarez made it a one-run game with a run-scoring single.

Perez was replaced by Porter in the fifth inning after the catcher was hit on the face mask by Jose Altuve’s foul ball.

Kansas City added a run in the fifth inning when Velazquez walked with the bases loaded, and Witt lifted a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.

But the Astros pulled even in the seventh inning on Altuve’s three-run homer off Collin Snider.