KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Houston Astros scored early and late to keep up their winning ways.
Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer, Brian McCann had a two-run shot and the Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 on Monday night for their 11th straight win.
It’s the longest winning streak in the majors this season and one shy of Houston’s record. The Astros won 12 straight in 1999 and 2004.
McCann homered in the fourth after Marwin Gonzalez walked to lead off the inning. He had been 1-for-16 in five games since returning from a concussion.
“I haven’t been swinging the bat well since I’ve come back off the DL,” McCann said. “I’ve made some minor adjustments and was able to drive the ball to left-center and when I’m doing that, it’s a good sign.”
Gurriel homered in the ninth off Kelvin Herrera. He has gone deep in back-to-back games and has 10 RBIs during a six-game hitting streak.
“We got after them early and then they put on a little bit of a push and it got really close,” Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. “Then obviously Yuli’s home run off of Herrera was a big punch for us.”
McCann started a two-run second inning with a one-out double and scored on Norichika Aoki’s single. George Springer’s two-out single scored Gurriel, who had walked.
Aoki finished 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Houston has won 11 consecutive road games, which is a franchise record. The team is 22-6 away from home this season.
“We don’t sit there feeling like, ‘Boy they look like they are going to win tonight,’ ” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “But you look at their team and what they’re doing, I’m sure that’s their attitude and their feeling.”
Astros starter Mike Fiers (3-2) worked five innings plus two batters. He was charged with two runs, seven hits and a walk. Fiers is 6-0 in his past 10 road starts dating to Aug. 20.
Kansas City scored a pair of runs in the second. Brandon Moss doubled to score Eric Hosmer, while Alcides Escobar’s bunt single got Mike Moustakas home.
Rookie Jorge Bonifacio homered off James Hoyt in the seventh to trim the lead to 4-3.
The Royals had Hosmer at third and Moustakas at first with none out in the sixth, but failed to score. Moss and Escobar struck out to end the inning.
Ian Kennedy (0-6) took the loss, giving up four runs, six hits and three walks over five innings. Kennedy, who is in the second season of a five-year, $70 million contract, is winless in 14 starts since a Sept. 11 victory.
Cubs 3, Marlins 1
In Chicago, Eddie Butler pitched three-hit ball into the sixth inning, Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer and the Cubs topped Miami for their fourth straight victory.
Albert Almora Jr. added a solo shot as Chicago remained perfect on its 10-game homestand after going winless on a six-game West Coast trip. With closer Wade Davis on paternity leave, Mike Montgomery pitched 3⅓ innings for his second save in his first appearance since May 28.
Pinch hitter Ichiro Suzuki singled in the eighth for the Marlins, who had won three straight and seven of eight.
Reds 4, Cardinals 2
In Cincinnati, Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett hit consecutive two-run doubles in the seventh inning, and the Reds came from behind to beat slumping St. Louis.
Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez (4-5) was dominant through six innings before wilting in the seventh as St. Louis dropped its fourth straight and eighth in 11 games.
Giants 7, Brewers 2
In Milwaukee, Jeff Samardzija pitched deep into the game after a shaky beginning, Aaron Hill had a tiebreaking, pinch-hit double in the eighth inning and San Francisco pounded the Brewers.
Hill drove in two with two outs off reliever Rob Scahill (1-2).
Samardzija (2-7) surrendered two runs in the first but quickly settled down, retiring 19 consecutive batters in one stretch.
Phillies 11, Braves 4
In Atlanta, Odubel Herrera continued his power surge with a two-run homer and two doubles, Tommy Joseph homered and drove in three runs, and Philadelphia trounced the Braves.
Herrera became the first Philadelphia player to hit two doubles in three straight games, according to Phillies records dating back to 1913. He had three extra-base hits for the second straight game, with a homer in each one.
Aaron Altherr added a two-run shot off Eric O’Flaherty in the eighth.
Braves 44-year-old right-hander Bartolo Colon (2-7) endured another rocky start, allowing eight runs and seven hits in 3⅔ innings.
Nationals 4, Dodgers 2
In Los Angeles, Anthony Rendon homered and Gio Gonzalez pitched surging Washington past the Dodgers in a rematch of last year’s tight playoff series.
Matt Wieters had a two-run single for Washington in the first meeting between the teams since the Dodgers edged the Nationals in five games during their NL Division Series last season.
Washington, which owns the National League’s best record at 36-20, has won six of seven and increased its lead in the NL East to 11 games.
Gonzalez (5-1) outpitched Ryu Hyun-jin, holding Los Angeles to two runs and four hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out five.
Athletics 5, Blue Jays 3
In Oakland, Ryon Healy homered twice to drive in a career-high five runs, single-handedly backing Sean Manaea’s fourth straight winning start as the hosts defeated Toronto.
Healy hit a three-run homer in the second inning and a two-run drive in the fourth for his second career multihomer game — both in the past three days. He has 13 home runs this season.
Manaea (5-3) struck out seven over six innings, allowing two runs and four hits. He extended the longest winning streak of his career.