Vargas pitches Royals past Astros 7-5

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Kelvin Herrera worked the ninth for his 13th save in 15 opportunities, striking out three and allowing a single to McCann, his fourth hit. "I know he's sore", Hinch said. Astros RHP Joe Musgrove threw a bullpen and could come off the disabled list Monday and start. The team now has four starting pitchers on four starting pitchers on the disabled list: Dallas Keuchel (neck discomfort), Collin McHugh (posterior impingement in his right elbow), Charlie Morton (right lat strain) and Joe Musgrove (right shoulder discomfort).

Mike Minor (3-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the Royals.

"It starts with the lead-off walk, which probably won't get talked about a ton", Hinch said.

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. I tried to plead as much as I could.

"He threw when he got here to Kansas City, and was scheduled to start".

Yost no longer can motion in Wade Davis and Greg Holland from the bullpen like he did when the Royals went to back-to-back World Series in 2014-15.

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As Earl Weaver once said: "Momentum is the next day's starting pitcher".

Peter Moylan was scarcely better, but he did end the inning-he just did so after loading the bases (Yuli Gurriel double, Bregman walk) and surrendering a two-run single to Jake Marisnick. He gave up six hits, a walk and a hit batter as his ERA moved to 2.18 on the season. "He gave me the green light, and I hit a good pitch". Alcides Escobar had a pair of RBI singles. Escobar poked his second RBI single to right, and Torres followed with his double to right field.

The Astros scored three runs (two unearned) in the eighth inning to cut into the Royals' five-run advantage. They also activated LHP Scott Alexander from the disabled list after he recovered from a right hamstring strain.

Royals: C Salvador Perez was removed after eight innings after his left thumb was bent back while catching a sinker from Scott Alexander when Beltran struck out. 3B Marwin Gonzalez (bruised left hand) was not in the lineup, but was available to pinch hit. "We've seen that out of our group". RHP Jason Hammel (2-6, 5.93 ERA) v.

Royals: RHP Jason Hammel has limited opponents to a.220 average with runners in scoring position.