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Houston Astros avoid sweep, beat Kansas City Royals in 10 innings

Aug 19, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA;  Houston Astros left fielder Aledmys Diaz (16) hits a RBI double during the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 19, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Aledmys Diaz (16) hits a RBI double during the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Aledmys Diaz went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, including the game-winning RBI in the 10th inning, as the Houston Astros defeated the Kansas City Royals 6-3 Thursday afternoon in the finale of a four-game series.

The Astros avoided the four-game sweep after allowing three come-from-behind wins by the Royals in the first three games.

Diaz worked a full count with the bases loaded before singling in the go-ahead run. Yuli Gurriel was placed at second to start the inning. He went to third on a single by Yordan Alvarez. Carlos Correa drew a walk before Diaz came up.

Chas McCormick then drew a bases-loaded walk to extend the lead to two runs. Taylor Jones drove in Correa with a sacrifice fly to cap a three-run inning.

Ryan Pressly (5-1) picked up the win in relief. Wade Davis (0-3) was the losing pitcher. Cristian Javier earned his second save.

The Royals got a run in the first on a sacrifice fly by Salvador Perez. Whit Merrifield led off with a single. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Nicky Lopez, and stole his 35th base of the season to get to third.

Lopez then snapped a personal streak of 464 at-bats without a home run with a two-run blast in the third. Lopez’s last home run came Aug. 8 of last season against the Twins. Cam Gallagher drew a walk to lead off. He went to second on a wild pitch and to third on a groundout before scoring ahead of Lopez.

The Astros got a run in the fourth, but could have had more. Correa led off with a double and went to third on a single by Diaz. McCormick’s fielder’s choice drove in Correa, but Royals starter Mike Minor retired the next two batters.

Houston tied it in the sixth. Correa stroked a one-out single and scored on a double by Diaz. Diaz then scored the tying run on a double by McCormick that chased Minor.

–Field Level Media