Gerrit Cole allowed one run on two hits and struck out eight over five innings as the Astros blasted the Royals 11-3 at Minute Maid Park. It was Cole's ninth win of the season. Yuli Gurriel led the Astros' hit parade with a grand slam, while Evan Gattis added a pinch hit homer. Houston's 15-and-2 in its past 17 games. KC starter Jason Hammel was roughed up for nine runs across four innings. Lucas Duda homered for the Royals, who at 23-and-54 own the worst record in the majors.
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