Royals slip past Astros 7-5

CITY, Mo. - Against the hottest team in baseball, Jake Junis was unable to show off the escapability he's proven he has the first few outings of his MLB career. He swung at four of the five pitches he saw, none of which were close to being in his wheelhouse, and struck out on a ball in the dirt.

After having their win streak snapped on Tuesday, can the Houston Astros bounce back tonight when they face the Kansas City Royals at 8:15PM ET?

Jesse Chavez (5-6) picked up the win, allowing two runs and seven hits in 52/3 innings. Moustakas' eighth-inning single scored Perez for the final Kansas City run.

Yuli Gurriel, who had three hits, contributed a two-run single in the Astros' third, giving him 12 RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak.

Tomorrow: the Royals make a rare trip to San Diego for a three-game set with the bad (23-38) Padres.

Jason Vargas tossed five solid innings for his eighth victory, Cheslor Cuthbert drove in three runs and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Astros 7-5 on Wednesday night after Houston ace Dallas Keuchel was a late scratch with an illness. He struck out one and walked three, threw 49 of his 79 pitrches for strikes, and faced 23 Astros batters - 12 of whom reached base. It's like the Royals had morphed into the 2016 Astros if I say so myself.

"They won nearly every critical moment", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.

"He didn't feel great coming in", Hinch said.

Astros right-hander David Paulino allowed three runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision.

This has been McCullers' bets season in the majors, with a career-best 2.93 SIERA to go with a 28.6 percent strikeout rate and 7.4 percent walk rate. numberFire's models project him for a 3.49 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 24.4 percent strikeout rate over the remainder of the season.

Gordon homered in the third for the Royals, his first since September 25, a span of 192 at-bats.

Astros: INF Marwin Gonzalez was not in the lineup with a left hand contusion and swelling. We might put something on his bat to alleviate the pressure.

"Herrera was just flat", Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Two good ones in a row".

That ended the Astros' 11-game winning streak.

The bottom of the Royals order was especially productive, including second baseman Ramon Torres, called up earlier in the day and making his major league debut.

Lance McCullers Jr. has also pulled his own.

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