Brantley’s clutch hit in 9th lifts Astros over D-backs 2-1

Royals beat slumping Astros 6-5

By DAVID BRANDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Michael Brantley delivered a go-ahead single in the ninth inning, Jose Siri hit a homer and a key double, and the Houston Astros edged the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1. The game was tied at 1 in the ninth when the Astros pieced together a two-out rally against Mark Melancon started by Siri’s hustle double into right-center. It looked as though it would only be a single but Siri never stopped, sprinting into second as Pavin Smith’s throw was late. Jose Altuve followed with a walk and then Brantley pounced on the first pitch, slicing a single into left field for his third hit of the game, scoring Siri.

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