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HOUSTON —It was a big moment for Houstons Brian Bixler when he hit his first
career home run in the first inning on Monday night. Alfred Morris Black Jersey . Perhaps more
important than that shot, though, was his two-run double in the eighth inning
that helped pad Houstons lead and allowed the Astros to hold on for a 9-7 win
after a late rally by Kansas City. Bixler drove in a career-high three runs on
three hits and Justin Maxwell and Brian Bogusevic also homered for the Astros.
“It was a good way to start the day off,” Bixler said of his homer. “I was happy
to continue that and put it together for the whole day. So it worked out well.”
J.A. Happ (5-7) yielded four hits and two runs in 6-plus innings to break a
four-game losing streak. It was his first start since allowing 11 hits and eight
runs—both career highs—in Houstons 10-0 loss to San Francisco in which
Matt Cain threw a perfect game. Maxwell hit a two-run homer after Bogusevics
solo shot in Houstons five-run eighth inning. Jonathan Sanchez (1-3) allowed six
hits and four runs in six innings in his second start since a month-long stint
on the disabled list with tendinitis in his left biceps. Things got dicey for
the Astros in the ninth with a tough outing by closer Brett Myers, who allowed
four consecutive singles with one out to make it 9-3. The Royals got another run
on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Mitch Maier and Yuniesky Betancourts
bases-loaded single scored two more. Billy Butler had an RBI single to get
Kansas City within 9-7 and bring loud boos from the crowd. The eighth hit of the
inning, a single by Jeff Francoeur, chased Myers, bringing in Xavier Cedeno, who
retired Mike Moustakas to get his first career save. “It paid off today,” Bixler
said of adding runs late. “It just kind of showed you that especially at this
level, guys dont give in and things happen. Im glad we were able to do that in
the eighth and hold onto it for J.A. Happ.” Houston manager Brad Mills took the
blame for Myers struggles. “Wed like to get him out there a little more often so
he could be a little crisper,” he said of Myers, who last pitched Thursday. “In
his defence hes been great all year, hes going to continue to be great, it was
just a situation where he hadnt been out there in a while and thats my fault.”
Bixlers solo homer came on a shot to the Crawford Boxes in left field that tied
it 1-1 in the first. Maxwell walked and later scored from first on an error by
Sanchez when he badly missed a throw to first base on a pickoff attempt to make
it 2-1. Sanchez plunked Chris Johnson to start Houstons fourth inning. Sanchezs
second botched pickoff attempt of the game allowed Johnson to advance to third,
and he scored on a one-out single by Chris Snyder to make it 3-1. After Johnson
scored in the fourth, Jose Altuve was hit by a pitch with two outs before a
single by Bixler loaded the bases. Maxwell walked to make it 4-1, but Sanchez
retired Carlos Lee. “Sanchez did all right,” Kansas City manager Ned Yost said.
“He kept us in the game. The two pickoff throws hurt him. The two-out walk with
the bases loaded hurt him.” Betancourt tripled with one out in the first and
scored on a two-out single by Francoeur to put Kansas City up 1-0. Happ retired
13 of the next 14 batters before Alex Gordon doubled to start the sixth. Gordon
advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Butler to cut the
lead to 4-2. “He rebounded after the first inning, starting throwing some
strikes and making pitches a little bit better,” Mills said of Happ. “It was
sure nice to see him work as late as he did into the game.” Bogusevics
first-pitch homer in the eighth inning came off reliever Louis Coleman, who was
recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Monday to help reinforce a bullpen that pitched
nine innings in a 15-inning win over St. Louis on Sunday. “We were strapped in
the pen,” Yost said. “We didnt have the ability to match up tonight. We had to
go as far as we could with Sanchez.” Snyder walked and Altuve singled before
Bixler sent them both home on a double to make it 7-2. Maxwells eighth homer of
the season wrapped up Houstons scoring. NOTES: Houston signed RHP Lance
McCullers on Monday. The 18-year-old was selected with the 41st pick in this
years draft. ... Kansas City placed 2B Chris Getz on the 15-day DL on Monday
with a strained left leg. Along with Coleman, they also recalled LHP
Tommy Hottovy from Omaha. They optioned RHP Nate Adcock to Omaha to make room on
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UK Anti-Doping says the Iraqi-born professional tested positive for stanozolol
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