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Moustakas’ home run in extra innings blasts Royals past Astros

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Kansas City Royals

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HOUSTON (AP) — Mike Moustakas homered in the 11th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

Moustakas has been off to a tough start this season and was hitting .098 before his solo shot to the seats in right field off Jerome Williams (0-1) to lead off the 11th.

A small group of Royals fans stood and yelled ‘Moooooose’ as he rounded the bases after his first homer this year.

Jarrod Dyson singled and added an insurance run on a fielder’s choice.

Danny Duffy (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win and Greg Holland allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless 11th for his fifth save.

Jason Castro and Marc Krauss both had two-run home runs for the Astros. Heralded Houston prospect George Springer made his major league debut, batting second and playing right field.

The 24-year-old, who hit 37 homers combined in Double-A and Triple-A last season, singled and walked, but struck out with one out and a runner on first in the 11th.

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