Merrifield has Three RBIs, Perez homers as KC downs Astros 7-1
Whit Merrifield had three hits and three RBIs, Salvador Perez prolonged a profession excessive along with his 33rd homer and the Kansas Metropolis Royals beat the Houston Astros 7-1 on Monday evening.
The Royals have received seven of their final eight video games, taking three of 4 from Houston at residence final week earlier than sweeping the Chicago Cubs this previous weekend.
“We’re constructing off of yesterday and every day we simply take one thing optimistic that we’ve been doing,” supervisor Mike Matheny stated.
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Perez has 81 RBIs this season, which leads the staff and is a profession greatest, eclipsing the 80 he had in each 2017 and 2018. He bought again on observe towards the AL West leaders after going Zero for five on Sunday.
Merrifield had an RBI double within the seventh inning and drove in two extra with a triple in Kansas Metropolis’s three-run eighth.
Kansas Metropolis rookie starter Daniel Lynch (4-3) yielded six hits and one run with three walks in 5 innings for his third straight win.
“We had good at-bats, but it surely all the time begins with beginning pitching and Daniel was improbable,” Matheny stated.
Houston supervisor Dusty Baker is disenchanted his staff has dropped 4 of 5 within the season sequence towards a staff with a shedding document.
“They’re scorching and feeling fairly good about themselves,” he stated. “It doesn’t matter if it’s the softer a part of the schedule so far as all people is anxious. They don’t really feel just like the softer a part of the schedule.”
The Royals bought a double from Ryan O’Hearn within the second and took a 1-Zero lead when he scored on a ground-rule double by Emmanuel Rivera with two outs.
The homer by Perez off Zack Greinke (11-4) got here within the third to make it 2-0.
Taylor Jones singled and Martín Maldonado walked to begin the Houston third. Michael Brantley grounded right into a drive out earlier than Yuli Gurriel doubled to attain Jones and lower the result in 2-1.
The Astros loaded the bases with two outs within the fifth, however Yordan Alvarez grounded out.
“(Lynch) appeared to only actually make high quality pitches in counts the place a variety of pitchers aren’t going to have the ability to execute,” Matheny stated. “Only a actually spectacular combine.”
Greinke permitted six hits and two runs in six innings.
Yimi Garcia took over for him and walked Michael A. Taylor to begin the seventh earlier than Rivera singled. Merrifield doubled on a grounder down the third-base line simply out of the attain of a diving Aledmys Díaz to attain Taylor and make it 3-1.
Perez hit a grounder to Garcia, however his throw residence sailed over catcher Martin Maldonado’s head for an error that allowed Rivera to attain. Perez initially superior to second on the play and was known as secure, however the Astros challenged the ruling and it was overturned after a replay assessment.
The Astros scored 27 runs mixed in wins over Seattle on Friday and Saturday however have struggled to benefit from scoring alternatives of their final two video games. They went Three for 16 with runners in scoring place in a 6-Three loss to the Mariners in 11 innings Sunday and had been 1 for 9 in these conditions Monday.
Houston definitely is not proud of its current outcomes towards the Royals, however the Astros remained Three half of video games forward of second-place Oakland and try to maintain issues in perspective.
“I don’t assume it’s an enormous deal,” Gurriel stated by a translator. “It’s higher that we have now a nasty stretch now than on the finish of the season.”
Royals: 1B Carlos Santana exited within the ninth after he was injured operating to first base on a drive out. Matheny stated Santana has a Grade 1 hip pressure and is daily. … RHP Kyle Zimmer was activated from the injured checklist after lacking about three weeks with neck spasms. … LHP Jake Brentz was positioned on the injured checklist with a left shoulder harm.
Astros: OF Chas McCormick was out of the lineup for a 3rd straight sport due to soreness in his left hand. … 3B Alex Bregman (strained left quadriceps) had three hits for Triple-A Sugar Land in a rehab sport. He’ll return to Houston on Tuesday to be evaluated earlier than the staff determines if he’s able to be activated. … RHP José Urquidy (proper shoulder discomfort) will make a rehabilitation begin for Sugar Land on Tuesday evening.
It was Merrifield’s 36th multi-hit sport, tied with Perez for many on the staff.
Kansas Metropolis’s Brady Singer (3-8, 5.23 ERA) opposes Luis Garcia (9-6, 3.39) when the sequence continues Tuesday evening.