Astros "Walk Off" with 4-3 win

Posted: 11:04 PM, Jun 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-24 13:20:45-04
Astros "Walk Off" with 4-3 win

HOUSTON, Texas -- Carlos Correa  hit a game-ending RBI single in the 12th inning, lifting the  Houston Astros  to a 4-3 win over the  Kansas City Royals  on Saturday night.

George Springer  led off the 12th with a walk, and  Alex Bregman  followed with a bloop single into shallow right field that fell between three players. An error by  Ryan Goins  allowed Springer to advance to third. After reigning AL MVP  Jose Altuve  was walked intentionally, Correa singled into right-center gap against  Justin Grimm  (1-3).

Collin McHugh  (3-0) pitched a perfect inning for the win.

Kansas City carried a 3-2 lead into the ninth, but Houston rallied against  Brandon Maurer . After  Yuli Gurriel  and  Josh Reddick  singled with one out,  Evan Gattis  hit a tying sacrifice fly to left.  Marwin Gonzalez  then walked, but  Brian McCann  grounded out to end the inning.

The Royals wasted a solid start by  Ian Kennedy  in their 10th loss in 11 games. Kennedy allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings.

Kansas City jumped in front on  Hunter Dozier 's three-run homer in the fourth, but Correa hit a sacrifice fly and Gurriel homered to trim the Royals' lead to 3-2 in the bottom half of the inning.

Houston right-hander  Lance McCullers Jr . struck out nine in six innings. He permitted four hits and walked two.


Altuve tied Terry Puhl for seventh in Astros history with 1,357 hits with his double in the fourth. Altuve tied Bill Doran for ninth place in franchise history with 611 runs when he scored in the fourth.


Royals: 1B  Lucas Duda  (right foot) was recalled from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha and started at designated hitter. He went 1 for 4 with a ninth-inning single. OF  Paulo Orlando  was optioned to Omaha to make room on the roster for Duda.


Royals: RHP  Jason Hammel  (2-8) will make his 16th start of the season Sunday in the series finale. Hammel has a 2.85 ERA in nine appearances -- eight starts -- against the Astros.

Astros: RHP  Gerrit Cole  (8-1) will make his 16th start of the season looking for his seventh straight win. Cole walked a career-high five and allowed four runs for a second straight outing in earning a no-decision Monday against the Rays.