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Royals 6, Astros 2: Big inning sinks Houston

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Doubt starting to creep in as the Astros drop 3-of-4 with the Royals.

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The Houston Astros rode the excitement of Opening Day to a much-needed victory, but nothing has gone right since then. The Kansas City Royals had their way with the Astros for the third straight game, winning 6-2 on Thursday.

Royals starter Ian Kennedy didn't allow a hit through the first five innings. While the Royals got an early home run from Mike Moustakas.

Doug Fister worked around early traffic on the basepaths to keep the game at 5-1 through five innings. Fister hit a wall in the sixth.

He allowed a single to Paulo Orlando to open the inning, then retired Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas. Lorenzo Cain singled and took second on a throw as Orlando streaked to third.

Eric Hosmer, Kendrys Morales, and Gordon squared up Fister for back-to-back-to-back doubles -- pushing the score to 5-1.

A Salvador Perez single made it 6-1 with Gordon scoring.

Jose Altuve added another home run this series to break the scoreless streak for the Astros in the game in the seventh. The Astros got another ninth inning rally going with hits from Evan Gattis, Altuve, and Carlos Correa -- but it was too late.

The Astros fall to 3-7 in 2016.