Michael Brantley homered twice, Brad Peacock pitched seven innings and Josh James completed the three-hitter in Houston’s 9-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
Peacock (3-2) allowed three hits and set a career high with 12 strikeouts to help the Astros bounce back after a 12-2 loss on Tuesday night. Peacock also rebounded after allowing seven runs in just 3 2/3 innings in his previous start. James struck out five in the last two innings.
George Springer and Carlos Correa also homered to give the Astros 16 home runs combined in their past five games.
Springer gave Houston an early lead with his MLB-leading fourth leadoff homer this season and the 28th of his career. It’s the second time this week he’s led off the game with a homer after also doing so in a 6-4 win on Monday.
Houston led 2-0 with one out and one on in the third when Brantley sent a pitch from Jorge Lopez (0-4) into the seats in right field behind the bullpen to make it 4-0.
Correa followed with his shot to straightaway center field to give Houston back-to-back homers for the third time this season. Josh Reddick singled before Yuli Gurriel doubled to chase Lopez. He was replaced by Jake Newberry and Aledmys Diaz’s sacrifice fly scored Reddick to extend the lead to 6-0.
Brantley connected again with two outs in the fourth inning to make it 7-0 and give him his fifth career multi-homer game and the first since 2015.
Lopez allowed six hits and six runs while walking three in 2 1/3 innings to remain winless in eight starts this season.