Houston gets the win over Kansas City

Astros even series with Royals behind Garcia's impressive start

Astros' Luis Garcia
Luis Garcia notched his tenth win of the season with an impressive start on Tuesday. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Luis Garcia notched his tenth win of the season with an impressive start on Tuesday.

With several injured pieces nearing their return, like third baseman Alex Bregman, the Astros entered Tuesday's middle game looking to get a win and build some lasting momentum as MLB reaches its home stretch. They would control the game from the first inning, grabbing the victory against Kansas City.

Final Score: Astros 4, Royals 0

Astros' Record: 74-52, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Luis Garcia (10-6)

Losing Pitcher: Brady Singer (3-9)

Houston builds an early lead

After being held to just one run the night prior, the Astros surpassed that in the bottom of the first inning. They loaded the bases with one out on a single and two walks, and Carlos Correa would record a productive out by getting an RBI groundout to put the Astros out front 1-0. Aledmys Diaz was next and hit a ball on the infield, which induced an error to score two more runs, extending the lead to 3-0. In the bottom of the third, a leadoff single by Yuli Gurriel set up Carlos Correa for his second RBI of the night, getting a double to add another run to the lead.

Garcia impresses again in win number ten

Coupled with some solid defense behind him, Luis Garcia was holding that lead well over that span. He retired the first six batters he faced, striking out three, before allowing his first baserunner on a leadoff double in the third. He would deal with runners on second and third but got out of the jam to keep Kansas City off the board.

He erased two singles in the fourth, then locked back in to toss 1-2-3 innings in the fifth and sixth. Still going in the top of the seventh, he would break his streak of nine batters retired in a row with a one-out single. He faced one more batter, getting his seventh strikeout as Dusty Baker would take the ball and bring in Ryne Stanek to finish the frame. Garcia's final line, which earned him his tenth win of the year: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 90 P.

Astros even the series

Stanek stayed in the game to start the top of the eighth and, with a timely double play, erased a one-out walk to get through it. With the score still 4-0 in the top of the ninth, Houston turned to Kendall Graveman to wrap things up. He would, finishing the shutout win for the Astros to set up a rubber game on Wednesday afternoon.

Up Next: The finale of this three-game set and the season series will get started at 1:10 PM Central on Wednesday. Lance McCullers Jr. (10-4, 3.21 ERA) will take the mound for Houston, while Mike Minor (8-11, 5.34) will pitch for Kansas City.

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Reynaldo López struck out seven over six scoreless innings, Orlando Arcia homered and the Atlanta Braves won their third straight, 6-2 over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

López (2-0) allowed four hits and walked one in his third straight sterling outing to start the season.

“It’s like I’ve always said, for me, the important thing is to focus,” López said through an interpreter. “To have the focus during the outings and then, to be able to locate those pitches.”

He has given up one run in 18 innings for an ERA of 0.50.

“He threw the ball really well against a really good hitting club,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “Another solid one.”

Arcia hit a solo home run to left in the second and a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Luis Guillorme and backup catcher Chadwick Tromp each hit a two-run double in the ninth to put the Braves ahead 6-0.

“Tromp has done a good job ever since we’ve been bringing him in these situations and filling in,” Snitker said. “I’ve got all the confidence in the world in him back there. ... He’s an aggressive hitter. He’s knocked in some big runs for us in the limited time that he’s played.”

Kyle Tucker homered for the Astros leading off the ninth against Aaron Bummer, and Mauricio Dubón had a two-out RBI single to cut the lead to four. After Bummer walked Chas McCormick to put two on, Raisel Iglesias induced a groundout by Victor Caratini to end it and secure his fourth save.

“They pitched well, and our guys are grinding out at-bats,” Houston manager Joe Espada said. “Even in the ninth inning there, we’re grinding, fighting until the end.”

Hunter Brown (0-3) yielded two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks in six innings. Brown allowed nine runs in two-thirds of an inning in his previous start, last Thursday against Kansas City.

Brown said he executed better Tuesday than he had in his previous two starts.

“He mixed all his pitches well,” Espada said. “The breaking ball was effective. He threw some cutters in on the hands to some of those lefties. He mixed his pitches really well. That was a really strong performance.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: 2B Ozzie Albies was placed on the 10-day injured list with a broken right big toe. IF David Fletcher had his contract selected from Triple-A Gwinnett to take Albies’ place on the roster.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (right shoulder inflammation) threw a side session Tuesday, but Houston will wait until Wednesday to see how Verlander feels before deciding whether he will make his first start this weekend against the Nationals, Espada said. ... RHP Luis Garcia (right elbow surgery) threw around 20-25 pitches off the bullpen mound, and RHP José Urquidy (right forearm strain) also threw off the mound, Espada said. ... LHP Framber Valdez (left elbow soreness) played catch off flat ground.

UP NEXT

Atlanta LHP Max Fried (1-0, 8.74 ERA) starts Wednesday in the series finale opposite RHP J.P. France (0-2, 8.22).

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