Royals hit 3 HRs off Javier, end Astros’ 8-game win streak

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By KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) — Whit Merrifield, Hunter Dozier and Emmanuel Rivera all homered as the Kansas City Royals roughed up Cristian Javier early and held on for a 7-4 win over the Houston Astros.

Javier had allowed one hit in 14 innings over his last two starts.

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But the Royals got to him almost immediately. Merrifield sent Javier’s third pitch into the seats in left field. Dozier had a two-run shot later in the inning. Brad Keller allowed five hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings and the Royals’ bullpen shut the Astros down the rest of the way to snap Houston’s major league-best eight-game winning streak.