When Mike Moustakas led off the eleventh inning on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park he brought with him a .098 batting average without a home run, but in the fourth pitch of the at bat he broke a 4-4 tie with a homer to right field in the Kansas City Royals 6-4 win over the Astros.
For the Astros the loss was secondary to the Major League debut of George Springer, who finished the game 1-for-5 with a walk. After getting robbed by Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar on a hard hit ground ball in the first inning, Springer got his first hit in his second at bat on a squibber that traveled about 15 feet down the third baseline.
Danny Valencia gave the Royals a 1-0 lead when when he hit a Dallas Keuchel changeup into the Crawford Boxes in the top of the second inning for his first home run. After the first hit of Springer’s career in the bottom of the third, Jason Castro homered for the third time to give the Astros a 2-1 lead. Kansas City tied the game at 2 in the fourth when Lorenzo Cain brought home a run on a fielder’s choice.
Houston regained the lead in the sixth inning after Marc Krauss followed a leadoff walk to Jesus Guzman with his first home run of the season, making it a 4-2 game, but Salvador Perez tied in the seventh with a bases loaded 2-run single.
The Astros had the winning run at second base in the ninth inning, but Danny Duffy struck out Jason Castro looking to end the threat. In the same situation in the tenth, Duffy got the same result against L.J. Hoes.
Kansas City tacked on an insurance run after the Moustakas homer, but he Astros got the tying run on base in the bottom of the inning only to see Alex Gordon make a sliding catch on a Jose Altuve line drive to left field to end the game.
Dallas Keuchel allowed two runs in six innings for the Astros, while Jeremy Guthrie gave up four runs in six frames for Kansas City. In five innings, the Royals bullpen kept the Astros off the board, striking out eight.
Krauss, Jose Altuve, and Marwin Gonzalez had a pair of hits for the Astros who have lost three in a row and are 5-10 on the season.
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