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Ventura leaves with an injury as Royals fall to Astros

Monday, May 26, 2014 | 11:33 p.m. CDT
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura is checked out by a team trainer before being relieved in the third inning against the Houston Astros at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Monday. Ventura gave up five runs in the first two innings. The Royals lost 9-2.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — George Springer homered in his fourth straight game and went 4 for 4 with three RBIs and scored five runs in the Houston Astros' 9-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

The Astros have won three straight, matching their longest winning streak this season, and snapped a six-game losing streak to the Royals.

Springer led off the eighth with a home run off Louis Coleman, his fifth homer in four games. He is the first Houston rookie to homer in four straight games. Lance Berkman was the last Astro to homer in four straight games, July 4-8, 2010.

Springer also had two doubles and became the first Astro to score five runs in a game since Cody Ransom on Sept. 24, 2007 against St. Louis. Springer extended his hitting streak to eight games, and is 8 for 16 with 12 RBIs and 10 runs in the past five games.

Scott Feldman (3-2) held the Royals to two runs and eight hits over six innings.

Royals rookie starter Yordano Ventura was led off the field by a trainer in the third inning after experiencing discomfort in his elbow. The hard-throwing right-hander is scheduled for a MRI exam on Tuesday.

Ventura (2-5) went 2 2-3 innings, yielding five runs on seven hits and three walks before being replaced by Michael Mariot.

The Astros had a season-high 16 hits, including a career-high four from Marwin Gonzalez, who had a double, an RBI and a run scored, while Alex Presley had three hits. Dexter Fowler reached base five times with two hits and three walks.

The nine runs matched an Astros' season high.

Lorenzo Cain had four hits, matching his career high, and drove in a run for the Royals, who have lost five of seven.


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