American League Game Summary - Houston at Kansas City|
(Friday, June 7th)
Final Score: Kansas City 4, Houston 2
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Billy Butler and David Lough both hit RBI
doubles in the bottom of the eighth inning to help the Kansas City Royals down
the Houston Astros, 4-2, in the opener of a three-game set at Kauffman
Wesley Wright (0-2) started the eighth for Houston with the game tied at 2-2
and allowed an Eric Hosmer single. Josh Fields then took the hill and forced a
quick out, though Butler smacked a double to left and two batters later,
Lough added some insurance with a two-bagger to help the Royals secure the
Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer, while starter James Shields lasted seven
solid innings, allowing both runs on nine hits with six strikeouts. Greg
Holland retired the side in the ninth for his 11th save of the season. Kelvin
Herrera (3-4) picked up the win with a hitless top of the eighth.
The Royals have won three straight.
Jason Castro and Trevor Crowe drove in the lone runs for Houston, which had a
six-game road winning streak come to an end. Jordan Lyles also lasted seven
frames, allowing two runs on six hits for the Astros, who were looking to win
seven straight road games for the first time since Sept. 3-9, 1999.
"I have a lot of respect for him," Lyles said of facing Shields. "He made a
bunch of pitches. I remember sitting in the dugout on the bench and him making
a lot of crucial pitches to get double plays with guys on third. He did a
really good job once again."
Hosmer led off the fourth with a infield single that deflected off Shields'
glove. Perez followed with a shot to left, giving the Royals a 2-1 lead.
Both pitchers continued to battle as the game progressed, though Houston
rallied in the seventh to tie the game at 2-2.
Marwin Gonzalez smacked a leadoff single, then advanced to second on wild
pitch. After a strikeout, Crowe's groundout to the right side moved
Gonzalez to third with two outs, before Castro came through with a clutch run-
"I was trying to go inside with a fastball," Shields said. "I hadn't thrown a
fastball the whole entire at-bat right there. I think I was trying to do too
much. I threw it over the heart of the plate. I think if I threw a changeup or
curveball right there I might have gotten a groundball or something like that.
But the bottom line is we won the game."
Houston opened up the scoring in the third, as Crowe's RBI triple plated
The Astros fell to 10-6 all-time at Kauffman Stadium ... Lyles entered the
game having posted a 2-0 record and 1.90 ERA in his past four starts ...
Shields is 0-4 over his last seven starts and has received just 11 runs of
support ... The Astros just dropped two of three at home to Baltimore, but
recently swept a six-game trip in Colorado and Anaheim before that set ...
Shields' last win came on April 30.
06/07 23:58:35 ET