Kansas City drops road series-opener to Astros



May 7, 2019 - 10:28 AM

Billy Hamilton, #6 of the Kansas City Royals, reacts after being hit in the elbow by Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros on a pick-off play in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park on Monday in Houston. Bob Levey/Getty Images/TNS

HOUSTON — The Royals got a couple crucial hits to swing the game in their favor in the fourth and fifth innings, but they needed one or two more that they didn’t get in order to come away victorious on Monday night.

The Astros scored the final three runs to grab a 6-4 win in front of an announced 27,079 at Minute Maid Park in the first game of a three-game series. The Royals left three runners on in the eighth inning to make the defeat even bitterer.

Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier and shortstop Adalberto Mondesi each hit home runs as the top four hitters in the lineup — including Whit Merrifield and Alex Gordon — accounted for six hits, four RBIs and three runs scored.

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