Royals hit two grand slams in double-digit rout of Astros

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May 8, 2019 - 10:49 AM

Whit Merrifield of the Kansas City Royals hits a grand slam in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Tuesday. Bob Levey/Getty Images/TNS

HOUSTON — Two grand slams by the same team in the same game isn’t something you see very often. It’s also not very often that a team can say that an offensive outburst like that isn’t even their biggest scoring day of the week.

The Royals, having scored 15 runs and collected 19 hits earlier in the road trip, smashed their way to a 12-2 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night. They hit three home runs and collected 13 hits against the Astros pitching staff.

Ryan O’Hearn and Whit Merrifield each hit the first grand slam of their respective major league careers to account for eight of the 12 runs the Royals scored. They became the first pair of Royals to hit grand slams in the same game since Abraham Nunez and John Buck did so against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland on Aug. 13, 2004.

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