Astros put Keuchel back on DL with neck discomfort

Posted June 09, 2017

The Royals did not face Dallas Keuche who was a late scratch because of an undisclosed illness.

The Royals didn't mind at all. That plays a significant factor into this point because they're aiming to get 5-6 innings out of the Brad Peacock and David Paulino spot starts, and getting Mike Fiers to pitch effectively deep into games is asking a lot. The Royals have scored 16 runs in their last two games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Cardinals pitcher gave up nine earned runs over 3.2 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Reds. It didn't match the shutout effort of his previous outing at Cleveland, but Vargas provided enough to keep the momentum after Tuesday's walk-off victory that ended the Astros' 11-game winning streak.

Gennett was the star of the day, becoming just the 17th player in Major League Baseball history to hit four home runs in a game to power the Cincinnati Reds past the St Louis Cardinals 13-1.

The Astros also weren't done.

The Astros came into town as the hottest team in the league and the Royals have beaten them two out of three.

Torres sliced an RBI double in the fourth inning for his first major-league hit. Escobar added a RBI single.

Lance McCullers Jr. almost threw a no-hitter and it got worse for the KC Royals, who at least earned a split against the AL-leading Astros. That meant Reddick had a long run to retrieve the ball and that allowed Salvador Perez - not the fastest human being on the planet - to score from first base.

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Houston Astros catcher Brian McCannn and relief pitcher Chris Devenski (47) celebrate after the Astros defeated the Kansas City Royals 6-1 in a baseball game Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo.

Houston's Nori Aoki scored on a Jason Hammel balk in the sixth.

Perez opened the fourth with a double off the wall in right-center.

Jorge Bonifacio singled and Cain walked to open the fifth.

The Astros put up three runs in the eighth to cut the Royals' lead to two, but Joakim Soria worked out of the trouble and Kelvin Herrera picked up his 13th save. He is 2-2 with a 2.34 ERA.

Martes, 21, has been a diamond from the rough after being a thrown in player in the Jarred Costart trade in 2014 with the Marlins.The right-hander has struggled in Triple-A with a 0-2 record and a 5.29 ERA in eight starts.