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Shields shuts down Astros to finish Royals' sweep

Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - James Shields struck out 12 over eight stellar innings of one-run ball as the Kansas City Royals beat the Houston Astros, 5-1, to complete a three-game sweep.

Shields (1-2) allowed four hits and walked two, while Norichika Aoki and Alex Gordon tallied a pair of hits and two runs scored for Kansas City, which improved to 7-7 on the young campaign.

Scott Feldman (2-1) surrendered five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits and a walk over six frames for the Astros, who have lost four in a row and five of their last six.

The Royals jumped out to a 5-0 lead after plating a run in the first, another in the second, two in the fourth and one more in the fifth.

Aoki led off the game with a double, advanced to third on a fielding error by right fielder George Springer and scored on an Eric Hosmer groundout two batters later.

Singles by Gordon, Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas brought home a run in the second, while Alcides Escobar's two-out, two-run double into right-center in the fourth gave Kansas City a 4-0 advantage.

Salvador Perez's RBI double in the fifth made it 5-0.

Houston got on the board in the home half when Alex Presley lifted a sacrifice fly to left that scored Chris Carter.

Game Notes

Kansas City was 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position, while Houston finished 0-for-3 with RISP ... Shields fired 64 of his 107 pitches for strikes.

04/17 23:02:43 ET

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