- Associated Press - Sunday, June 26, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chris Young just keeps giving up home runs.

Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa both homered against Young to help the Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 13-5 for their seventh straight win Saturday night.

Young (2-7) put the Royals in a big hole early, giving up seven runs in the second. He was charged with seven runs, seven hits and four walks in 2 1/3 innings, raising his ERA to 6.54.

Young has given up a major league-leading 21 homers in 53 2/3 innings - including at least one homer in all 11 starts.

“I wish I had an explanation, but the bottom line is it just can’t happen,” Young said. “I’m better than that. The team needs me to be better than that, and it’s frustrating. I don’t know exactly why but it felt like the second inning it was just no feel for anything.

“The bullpen was good. The first inning was relatively good, and then the second inning I came back out and had just no feel for anything. I don’t know why.”

Combined with Edinson Volquez’s poor outing Friday, Royals starters allowed 18 earned runs in 3 1/3 innings over two nights, a 48.60 ERA.

Altuve finished 4 for 5 with two doubles.

Lorenzo Cain, Kendrys Morales and Cheslor Cuthbert each had two hits and drove in a run for the Royals, who have lost four straight.

Alex Gordon, who missed 30 games with a broken right wrist, returned to the Kansas City lineup with a home run and double.

“I wish I could get a couple of hits with guys on,” said Gordon, who grounded to end the fourth with the bases loaded. “We were down by a lot, so that could have been huge right there. But, just keep grinding away and put together some good at-bats and hopefully take that into tomorrow.”

Kansas City catcher Drew Butera took the mound to get the final three outs of the ninth, his fourth big league pitching appearance and the first by a Royals position player since outfielder Mitch Maier against Cleveland on April 15, 2012.

Butera gave up Jason Castro’s RBI double, retired George Springer on a foul out, struck out Marwin Gonzalez on a 91 mph pitch and got Danny Worth on a grounder.

“I threw fastball, changeup,” Butera said. “I like to think I have a lot more in my repertoire, but I don’t. No knuckleball, just four-seamer and let it ride. I have a hard time making the ball move, so, I think if I had a different pitch, I’ll take it.

“There’s no value to me pitching, that’s for sure. I guess it’s something to smile about. Obviously the circumstances are never good, the reason why I’m in there pitching. It kind of stinks, that’s the reason why, but at the same time it’s something to smile about, I guess.”

Altuve drove in three runs and scored three runs. He is hitting .417 with a .484 on-base percentage while reaching base in 27 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the major leagues.

Marwin Gonzalez, Altuve and Correa, the Astros’ Nos. 2-3-4 hitters, combined to go 8 for 15 with seven RBIs, six runs and two homers. Altuve and Correa hit consecutive homers in a seven-run second.

Houston has won 22 of 30 to move a season-best three games above .500 (39-36). The Astros are on their longest winning streak since taking 10 in a row from June 14-23 last year.

Michael Feliz (5-1) won despite allowing two runs and three hits in 1 2/3 innings. Astros starter Mike Fiers, staked to a 9-1 lead in the fourth, was removed after 4 1/3 innings. He gave up three runs, nine hits and three walks and also a hit batter.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: Valbuena, who exited the game Friday in the second inning with lower back tightness, was back in the lineup and doubled twice.

Royals: Rookie OF Brett Eibner, who hit .297 with a .514 slugging percentage in 11 games, was optioned to Triple-A Omaha. … RHP Kris Medlen (rotator cuff inflammation) gave up one unearned run and two hits in 4 2/3 innings in a rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Omaha at Nashville. He struck out five and walked one.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Doug Fister (8-3) allowed six runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings in an April 14 loss to the Royals.

Royals: Ian Kennedy (5-6) has given up 10 home runs in his first four June starts.

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