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Alvarez’s 9th-inning HR lifts Astros 7-6 win over Royals

HOUSTON (Associated Press) – Jordan Alvarez scored two wins in the ninth inning, and the Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 7-6 on Monday for their seventh straight win.

Led by Kyle Tucker and Alvarez, the Western-leading Houston side wiped out a five-time deficit en route to their 15th win in their last 18 games. Tucker powered the Astros to eighth by three with a two-round single, and Alvarez fired a center-left shot against Scott Barlow (2-2) to bring home the No. 24.

Rin Stanek (1-0) scored the ninth goal without goals to win.

The Astros also won their last game on Sunday, using Homer Jeremy Peña’s two-time ninth inning playoff to seal a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

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