Álvarez, Díaz, Maldonado HR, Astros beat KC, 5th win in row

Jun 3, 2022, 8:20 AM | Updated: 9:30 pm

Houston Astros' Yordan Alvarez watches his two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball g...

Houston Astros' Yordan Alvarez watches his two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Friday, June 3, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


              Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brady Singer throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Friday, June 3, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel, left, greets Yordan Alvarez, right, after Alvarez hit a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Friday, June 3, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Houston Astros' Martin Maldonado watches his two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Friday, June 3, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Kansas City Royals manager Mike Matheny looks at his notes in the dugout during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Friday, June 3, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Houston Astros starting pitcher Jose Urquidy throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Friday, June 3, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Fans watch from a club as the sun sets during the fourth inning of a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Houston Astros Friday, June 3, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Kansas City Royals center fielder Kyle Isbel can't catch a two-run home run hit by Houston Astros' Martin Maldonado during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 3, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Houston Astros' Yordan Alvarez watches his two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Friday, June 3, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yordan Álvarez, Aledmys Díaz and Martín Maldonado each homered and the Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 10-3 Friday night for their fifth straight win.

Álvarez, who reportedly reached agreement on a $115 million, six-year contract, also had a pair of singles for his fifth straight multi-hit game. His 15 home runs are second in the American League behind the Yankees’ Aaron Judge.

Díaz opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the second and added two singles for his first three-hit game of the season.

“It’s always great when I get a chance to be in the lineup and contribute to the team,” Díaz said. “I know the role I have on this team. I try to stay sharp in the cage and see a lot of videos.”

Díaz was in the lineup at third base in place of Alex Bregman, who was given a scheduled day off.

“He got us on the board,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “He got three hits tonight. It’s always good when you can give a guy a day off and get a guy a day to play and then he comes through. He had a great game.”

Maldonado and Álvarez each hit two-run homers in the fifth against Brady Singer (2-1), who allowed seven runs on eight hits over five innings.

“Brady’s stuff was really good today,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “I know the numbers didn’t look like it, but he had everything that he needed. He made a mental mistake to Díaz, but the other two home runs were pretty good pitches. Anything he got anywhere near the plate, they were finding barrel.”

Singer agreed.

“I thought the command was good,” he said. “I was attacking the zone and throwing strike. I just made some bad pitches at bad times and they did some damage.”

Kansas City has lost 12 of 14.

Maldonado’s fourth homer was almost caught by Kyle Isbel as it disappeared inches behind the center field wall.

“I know the guy has a good sinker and I saw something up in the strike zone and put a good swing on it,” Maldonado said. “I thought he caught it. I know how hard it is to hit a ball out to center here. I don’t have the Yordan power. It just barely went out.”

José Urquidy (5-2) retired 16 of 17 batters after Whit Merrifield led off the first inning with the first of his two singles. Urquidy went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits and one walk, fanning six.

“Urquidy was finding too much of the plate in that one inning,” Baker said. “Sometimes he throws too many strikes. He was finding the heart of the plate and it was time to get him out of there.”

Bobby Witt Jr. hit a three-run homer, a 443-foot drive into the left field fountains with one out in the sixth. Those were Kansas City’s first runs since the seventh inning Tuesday.

“I knew I was missing fastballs in my last at-bat and just wanted to take a nice smooth swing on the next one,” Witt said. “I guess I did and it felt pretty good.”

Witt’s seven home runs lead the Royals.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals OF Michael A. Taylor was reinstated from the COVID-19-related injured list; OF Dairon Blanco was designated for assignment. Astros LHP Blake Taylor left the game with left elbow discomfort after throwing six pitches; he’ll return to Houston for further examination.

TRANSACTIONS

Kansas City acquired RHP Albert Abreu from the Texas Rangers for RHP pitcher Yohanse Morel, who was with Class A Quad Cities; LHP Foster Griffin was optioned to Triple-A Omaha.

UP NEXT

RHP Luis Garcia (3-3, 3.14 ERA) goes for Houston and Kris Bubic (0-3, 12.83) takes the mound for Kansas City on Saturday afternoon.

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