A combination of superb pitching and sloppy Royals defense enabled the Astros to break their two-game losing streak tonight, taking the Royals 4-0
The Astros cruised behind the shutout pitching of Luis Garcia, who went 6.2 innings, with four hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts. The weak-hitting from last night continued, but with a little help from the Royals defense, a three-run, first-inning run flurry was enough to secure victory.
It started with Jose Altuve getting on base on a Royals error. After the bases were loaded with two walks, Carlos Correa hit Altuve in with a ground out. Aledmys Diaz completed the scoring with an infield single that scored two runs due to a Nicky Lopez throwing error.
None of the runs in the first inning were earned off Kansas City starter Brady Singer.
The Astros added another run in the third on a Carlos Correa RBI double that scored Yuli Gurriel, who singled earlier in the inning.
Following the departure of Garcia, Astros relievers Ryne Stanek and Kendall Graveman finished the Astros shutout.
The Astros finished with eight hits, the Correa double the only extra-base hit. The team was only 1-11 with runners in scoring position.
As has often been the case this year, Astros pitching has been helped by some stellar defense. Here’s one alert, run-saving play from Aledmys Diaz.
Besides giving the Astros three unearned runs, the Royals also gifted the Astros with a third out when Michael Taylor was thrown out in the third trying to steal home.