Astros use 2 homers to beat Royals for 11th straight win

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The Astros earned their 11th straight win Monday with a 7-3 victory over the Royals.

It seems as though a new Astros player steps up every day.

Kennedy was removed after five innings, having allowed four runs on six hits and three walks. Gurriel smashed his in the ninth and now 10 RBI during a six-game hit streak.

The Astros took advantage of a struggling Kennedy, who needed 96 pitches to complete five innings.

Altherr went 3 for 4 with two runs scored, a home run and three RBIs. 2B: Reddick (9), Altuve (15), Gonzalez (9), McCann (4), Hosmer (12), Moustakas (9), Moss (4), Gordon (6). "And it's just like, if you get 2-0, you'd rather try to pitch to the next guy".

Astros starter Mike Fiers (3-2) worked five innings and was charged with two runs, seven hits and a walk to move to 6-0 in his past 10 road starts.

The Royals cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fourth. Eric Hosmer doubled and Mike Moustakas walked.

The Royals scored two runs in the second on a Brandon Moss double and an Alcides Escobar bunt single. An errant throw by third baseman Marwin Gonzalez gifted the Royals runners on the corners instead of a runner on first and one out. Manager A.J. Hinch summoned left-hander Reymin Guduan from the bullpen to replace Fiers. Nori Aoki singled to right, scoring McCann, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.

Guduan, in only his second major league appearance, induced a lineout to Gonzalez from Moustakas and struck out Moss looking at a 95 miles per hour fastball. James Hoyt finished the inning off by striking out Alcides Escobar. Jorge Bonifacio later homered in the seventh to pull within one. The cause of Gonzalez's injury was unclear, but it might have occurred in the sixth, when he slid into second base on a double and slid into third when caught stealing to end the inning.