Moustakas had four hits and three RBIs.
"A.J. said he's been sick and throwing up", Yost said.
Astros: RHP Joe Musgrove (shoulder discomfort) threw a bullpen Thursday and could come off the DL and start Monday against Texas. The team is now playing without its projected 1-3-4-5 starters, with Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Charlie Morton, and Joe Musgrove on the DL (Musgrove may return this week).
Two-run homer by Altuve, to the deepest part of the park.
So instead of facing a left-handed pitcher who is 9-0 with an ERA of 1.67, the Royals got to face Dayan Diaz, a right-handed pitcher who had a total of 7 1/3 major-league innings and a career ERA of 11.05. He started against the Minnesota Twins on May 21 and gave up two runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. "So there wasn't much time when they told me I was going to start".
"He went back to the hotel".
Cuthbert had an RBI double in the second and a two-run single in the fifth.
As Earl Weaver once said: "Momentum is the next day's starting pitcher". He allowed two runs and six hits, including a McCann home run in the second.
It looked like Soria had gotten out of the jam when he induced a ground ball from Josh Reddick, but Escobar booted it and two Astros scored after the ball trickled into shallow center field. Lance McCullers Jr. gets the ball, and he is 6-1 with a 2.71 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season.
Yuli Gurriel, who had three hits, contributed a two-run single in the Astros' third, giving him 12 RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak.
McCullers and Royals starter Jason Hammel were locked up in a pitcher's duel for seven innings.
Anyway, Tony Sipp was eventually called up but things got even worse as the Royals took a 5-2 lead after Escobar and Ramon Torres doing their damage as well.
Lance McCullers Jr. almost threw a no-hitter and it got worse for the KC Royals, who at least earned a split against the AL-leading Astros. 3B Marwin Gonzalez (bruised left hand) was not in the lineup, but was available to pinch hit. Tie game. Neither McCullers nor Hammel would factor into the decision, an unfortunate outcome for two gentlemen who really did pitch tremendous games. "We've seen that out of our group".
This season at Triple-A Fresno, he has gone 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 17 appearances.