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Kennedy strikes out 11 as Royals top Astros 6-1

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Kennedy strikes out side in seventh (0:22)

Kansas City's Ian Kennedy caps off a strong performance against Houston by striking out the side in the seventh inning. Kennedy finishes with 11 strikeouts over seven inning as the Royals beat the Astros 6-1. (0:22)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ian Kennedy struck out 11 over seven innings, Kendrys Morales hit two home runs and the Kansas City Royals snapped the Houston Astros' seven-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory Sunday.

After Royals starters Edinson Volquez and Chris Young were roughed up in blowout losses in the first two games of this series, Kennedy allowed one run and three hits with one walk.

Kennedy (6-6) struck out his final four batters and finished one shy of matching his career best in strikeouts.

Morales connected for a solo drive in the fourth and seventh. Cheslor Cuthbert homered with Alcides Escobar aboard in a five-run seventh. The inning also included a two-run double for Eric Hosmer.

Lorenzo Cain had three of the Royals' 13 hits.

Doug Fister (8-4), who was 7-0 in his previous 10 starts, lost for the first time since April 25. He gave up four runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings, including three home runs.

Evan Gattis hit a leadoff homer in the sixth for Houston.

Astros star Jose Altuve singled in the fourth to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 29 straight games, matching his career high set last year and the longest active streak in the majors.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: RHP Kris Medlen, who is on the disabled list with rotator cuff inflammation, threw 4 2/3 innings for Triple-A Omaha on Saturday, allowing an unearned run and two hits. "He's probably not ready," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He's throwing the ball good. We need to get him built up, need to get him some consistency. He really took a good step yesterday in terms of his command. But, as to need, we've got him slated for more (rehab) starts."

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Collin McHugh, who starts Monday at Los Angeles, is 4-2 with 2.82 ERA in eight career starts against the Angels.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy, who starts Monday against the Cardinals, is 3-3 with a 3.10 ERA in 13 appearances against National League clubs. St. Louis will counter with RHP Adam Wainwright.