The Houston Astros' had a long win streak come to an end in Kansas City last season, but lucky for them, lightning did not strike twice in regards to this season's win streak. The Astros completed the sweep of the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon with a 7-4 win for their 11th straight victory. Carlos Correa went deep and drove in three runs, as the Astros completed a perfect 10-0 road trip before they return home on Monday night. They had no issues taking care of the Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, and Royals by outscoring their opponents, 74-35, in the past week. Correa stayed hot after missing four games due to a side injury, as he has hit three home runs and driven in eight in his six games back. Evan Gattis also stayed hot with three hits on Sunday, including the go-ahead knock to finish off a monster road trip. Gattis finished the 10-game road trip with a .366 average to go along with five home runs and 19 RBI. The Astros scored three times in the eighth inning to take the lead for good, which included Gattis' RBI single, and RBI hits by Yuli Gurriel and Marwin Gonzalez. The Royals are on the other end of the spectrum, as their losing streak moved to six games, and they've dropped 12 of their past 13 games overall. They've also struggled at Kauffman Stadium specifically by falling in 26 of 36 home games. Brandon Maurer took the loss to fall to 0-3 for the Royals, while Tony Sipp improved to 2-0 for the Astros, who got the fourth save of the year from Hector Rondon. The Astros will look to tie a franchise record with their 12th straight win when they play host to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday. The Royals stay home to host the Texas Rangers.
Teheran Dominates in Return as Braves Top Padres
The Atlanta Braves' starting rotation took a hit on Sunday with the loss of Mike Foltynewicz, but they also got Julio Teheran back on the same day. Teheran returned to the mound on Sunday afternoon and dominated over six innings in the Braves' 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres. Teheran did not give up a hit and struck out 11 to earn his fifth win of the season. He was pulled after six due to him throwing 95 pitches, but Shane Carle gave up the first hit of the game against the Padres in the seventh, ending the Braves' combined no-hit bid. Teheran's strikeout total was a season high, as Atlanta was pleased with what they saw, as their ace was hitting 92 mph regularly. He walked three and retired 15 consecutive batters at one point. That continued the masterful pace that the Braves' starting rotation is on, as they have an ERA of 1.00 in the last 11 home games. In that span, they have given up eight earned runs over 72 innings and no starter has allowed more than two runs in a start. Corey Spangenberg had the first hit of the day for the Padres, who brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning against Jose Vizcaino. Although, Raffy Lopez was robbed by a diving catch from Nick Markakis for the final out of the afternoon, sealing the win for the Braves. Tyler Flowers went deep in the victory, while Johan Camargo added a two-run double, as they improved to 21-13 at SunTrust Park. With the Washington Nationals getting swept by the Toronto Blue Jays, the Braves now hold a 3.5-game lead for the top spot in the NL East. They will visit those Blue Jays for an interleague series beginning on Tuesday night. The Padres will return home to host the Oakland Athletics that same night.
Red Sox Rout Mariners to Split Series
The Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners have battled all weekend long, and their close-knit records make sense of their four-game series split for the weekend. The Red Sox earned that split on Sunday afternoon with a 9-3 win in the series finale at Safeco Field. Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Xander Bogaerts all went deep, as the Red Sox jumped out to a 5-0 lead on Mike Leake. Boston scored five times in the third inning, including Devers' 11th long ball, as they handed Leake his fourth loss of the year. Mitch Moreland chipped in to that rally with a two-run single, as the Red Sox also added on with three runs in the seventh. That included the other two home runs, both of which came off of reliever Chasen Bradford. The Red Sox have now hit three or more home runs 10 times this season, as they improved to 36-7 when scoring five or more runs. That supported starter Eduardo Rodriguez, who earned his sixth straight win to improve his stellar record to 9-1. Rodriguez allowed two runs on six hits over six innings while striking out nine batters. The right-hander has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his last six starts, as Boston improved to 13-1 this season in games that he's on the mound. The M's could not pull off a comeback to make yet another game interesting, despite Nelson Cruz connecting for his 17th home run of the season. Boston's win gives them five straight day game victories on the road, while they also moved their record to 18-5 in series finales. They will stay on the road to battle the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, while the Mariners head east to go against the New York Yankees that same day.