American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Houston
(Monday, May 20th)
Final Score: Houston 6, Kansas City 5
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Matt Dominguez launched a three-run home run in
the fourth inning that proved to be the difference as the Houston Astros
topped the Kansas City Royals, 6-5, in the opener of a three-game set from
Minute Maid Park.
Dominguez and Jimmy Paredes had two hits apiece to pace Houston, which won for
the third time in five tries after dropping six in a row. Jason Castro added
his fourth homer of the season.
Jose Veras saved it with a perfect ninth for Dallas Keuchel (1-1), who yielded
four runs on nine hits and four walks over 6 2/3 innings.
"They're always great, so it's nothing new," Keuchel said of the defense
behind him. "I have faith in them any time. I try to get as many ground balls
as possible, that's my goal."
Jeremy Guthrie (5-2) absorbed his second consecutive loss after giving up all
six runs on eight hits in five innings.
"He battled his command," said Royals manager Ned Yost about Guthrie. "He was
really struggling with his arm spot and he struggled at times to get the ball
After Miguel Tejada delivered a three-run shot of his own in the top half of
the fourth for Kansas City, Houston responded when Carlos Pena drew a one-out
walk and Paredes followed with a single to put two on for Dominguez, whose
shot to left put the home team in front, 6-4.
Jeff Francoeur, who along with Eric Hosmer had three hits, doubled in a run
in the eighth to bring KC to within 6-5, but Hector Ambriz got Tejada to
ground out and Elliot Johnson to fly out to left to avoid further damage.
Houston broke a 1-1 tie in the home half of the third. After Marwin Gonzalez
singled and took second on Robbie Grossman's sacrifice bunt, he advanced to
third when Johnson mishandled a pick-off attempt at second base. Jose Altuve
sent a sacrifice fly to center to score Gonzalez, then Castro launched a solo
shot to left.
Johnson's bloop single over the outstretched glove of Gonzalez in the top of
the second plated Hosmer for the game's first run, but Houston struck back in
the home half. Chris Carter, who walked and advanced to third on Pena's
double, trotted home when Paredes grounded out to second.
Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez left in the bottom of the sixth inning with
discomfort in his right hip after sliding for a foul ball ... Tejada's home
run was his first since July 15, 2011 ... Both teams left seven men on base.
05/21 01:56:28 ET
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