Late in the 1999 season, the last in the Astrodome, the Astros set a club record with a 12-game winning streak. Locked in a fierce battle with Cincinnati for the NL Central crown, the winning streak netted the Astros only 1-1/2 games as the Reds were quietly almost as hot.
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That's the vibe I'm getting now as the Astros reel off a 10-game winning streak, including Saturday's 10-2 thrashing of the Royals. Seattle has quietly won eight of 11 during that stretch to lose only 2-1/2 games' ground during the hot streak, including a 1-0 shutout of Boston Saturday. The M's are an amazing 23-10 in one-run games and 6-0 in extra innings.
Back in Kansas City, Dallas Keuchel posted his first victory in a month, giving up two unearned runs over six innings to win just his fourth of the year. Brad Peacock, Will Harris and Chris Devenski put the finishing touches on the win with an inning each of shutout relief.
Despite scoring ten runs, Houston needed just five bat swings to drive them in. Jose Altuve gave Keuchel an early lead with a two-run double in the first off Danny Duffy. Jake Marisnick poked an RBI single in the fifth and Alex Bregman drove him in with a sacrifice fly.
After Carlos Correa's error in the fifth opened the door for the only two Kansas City tallies, Max Stassi drilled a three-run homer to left in the sixth and Bregman lined a three-run shot into the left field stands in the ninth to blow the game open.
The summer heat took its toll as Stassi and first baseman Yuli Gurriel both bowed out early due to dehydration.
The 47-25 Astros are an MLB-best 28-11 on the road as they look to close out a perfect road trip Sunday in a 1:15 pm Central finale. Lance McCullers (8-3) will toe the rubber versus Brad Keller (1-2).
If that game is successful, the Astros can attempt to tie the record (also tied by the 2004 club) against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night back in Houston.
- Bob Hulsey