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Astros beat Royals for 11th straight win

AP

The Houston Astros keep finding ways to win, while the Kansas City Royals keep inventing ways to lose.

Carlos Correa and the Astros won their 11th straight game, finishing off a dominant 10-0 road trip by rallying past the Royals 7-4 Sunday.

The World Series champion Astros swept their swing through Texas, Oakland and Kansas City, outscoring opponents 74-35.

Last season, Houston had an 11-game winning streak end in Kansas City. This time, the Astros trailed 4-3 in the eighth inning before Correa led off with a tying homer. Evan Gattis, who had three hits, then put them ahead during a three-run burst.

“We just have a great team. It’s hard to find any holes on this team. I don’t think there are any,” Correa said.

Correa has three home runs and eight RBIs in six games after missing four games with discomfort in his right side. He had a first-inning single and added a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Gattis hit .366 with five home runs and 19 RBIs on the Astros’ trip. He singled home Yuli Gurriel in the eighth, and Marvin Gonzalez added an RBI single in the inning.

“I take confidence in our lineup versus anybody,” Gattis said.

The Royals have lost six straight and 12 of 13. They have dropped 26 of 36 home games.

Brandon Maurer (0-3) took the loss, facing two batters and having both score. Tony Sipp (2-0) picked up the victory. Hector Rondon closed for his fourth save.

Astros right-hander Lance McCullers struck out nine over six innings, allowing two unearned runs.

“I didn’t want to blow it,” McCullers said of the winning streak.

Royals right-hander Brad Keller, a Rule 5 draft pick making his fourth start, gave up three runs in six innings.

“I felt like I did pretty well,” Keller said. “That’s a good-hitting team and they got pop, so to keep them on the ground I’m happy with that.”

Rays 3, Yankees 1

In New York, Wilmer Font held the high-scoring Yankees in check in the latest Tampa Bay game “started” by a reliever, and the Rays held off New York to avoid a sweep.

Cardinals 5, Cubs 0

In St. Louis, Jack Flaherty and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, Matt Carpenter homered and the Cardinals snapped a season-high four-game skid.

Mets 5, Diamondbacks 3

In Phoenix, Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera homered off Brad Boxberger in a four-run ninth inning and New York rallied to beat Arizona.

Rangers 13, Rockies 12

In Arlington, Texas, Jose Trevino blooped a two-run single, capping a four-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the Rangers past Colorado.

Red Sox 9, Mariners 3

In Seattle, Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Xander Bogaerts homered to help Boston rout the Mariners.

Phillies 10, Brewers 9

In Milwaukee, Maikel Franco homered and drove in four runs and Philadelphia held off the Brewers’ ninth-inning rally.

Blue Jays 8, Nationals 6

In Toronto, Teoscar Hernandez and Yangervis Solarte hit consecutive homers in the eighth inning, and the Blue Jays beat Washington to complete a three-game sweep.

Giants 4, Dodgers 1

In Los Angeles, Nick Hundley and Brandon Belt hit two-run home runs and Chris Stratton pitched six solid innings to help San Francisco Giants avoid a three-game sweep.

Angels 6, Athletics 5 (11)

In Oakland, Jonathan Lucroy hit an RBI single off the center-field wall in the 11th inning.

Tigers 3, White Sox 1

In Chicago, Nicholas Castellanos homered and Blaine Hardy pitched one-run ball into the sixth, leading Detroit past the White Sox for its fifth straight win.

Braves 4, Padres 1

In Atlanta, Julio Teheran pitched six no-hit innings before being pulled from his first start since coming off the disabled list, and Braves relievers gave up six hits in the win over San Diego.

Indians 4, Twins 1

In Cleveland, Shane Bieber pitched one-run ball into the sixth inning in his first major league win.

Orioles 10, Marlins 4

In Baltimore, Jace Peterson and Mark Trumbo homered, and the Orioles beat Miami to snap a nine-game losing streak.

Reds 8, Pirates 6

In Pittsburgh, Eugenio Suarez homered in the second straight game and Joey Votto celebrated his 1,500th major league contest by going 2-for-4 with two RBIs in Cincinnati’s victory.