Royals drop 4th straight game by one run

Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) throws over a sliding Houston Astros Matt Dominguez (30) during a baseball game, Monday, May 20, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)
Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) throws over a sliding Houston Astros Matt Dominguez (30) during a baseball game, Monday, May 20, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)

HOUSTON (AP) – Matt Dominguez hit a three-run homer and Jason Castro added a solo shot to give the Houston Astros a 6-5 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

The Astros trailed by one in the fourth inning before Dominguez launched his fourth homer of the season into the Crawford Boxes in left field to give Houston a 6-4 lead.

Castro’s homer came in Houston’s two-run third inning before Kansas City took the lead on a three-run home run by Miguel Tejada in the fourth. It was his first homer since 2011.

Houston’s Dallas Keuchel (1-1) allowed nine hits and four runs while striking out six in 6 2-3 innings for the win. Closer Jose Veras struck out two in a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie (5-2) allowed eight hits and a season-high six runs in five innings – his shortest start of the season.

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